Chester ended their five-year tenure in League Two with a whimper as they were beaten 2-1 by Darlington.
The Blues needed to win their last game by a cricket score to have a chance of staying up but the game showed just why they deserve to go down.
Pawel Abbott scored twice in the second half to bring the curtain down on Chester's time in the league.
Abbott struck first after 71 minutes but Darlington were pegged back a minute from time when Ian Miller headed into his own net.
But Abbott had the final say with the winning goal in added time to secure a deserved win for the visitors.
The visitors had the first attempt on goal in the 7th minute when the ball broke to Adam Griffin on the edge of the box but he blasted his shot straight at Chester keeper Jamie Spencer.
Chester's first chance came shortly before the half-hour when top scorer Ryan Lowe broke through into the area and seemed certain to score but his weak shot ended up more like a back pass to Darlington keeper Przemyslaw Kazimierczak .
Jason Kennedy should have opened the scoring for Darlington five minutes into the second half when he put a free header over the bar from inside the six-yard box after Spencer had completely missed the cross, before seeing a shot deflected just wide.
Abbott missed a glorious chance before grabbing the opener from an indirect free-kick given after James Spencer had brilliantly palmed away a wayward 30-yard backpass from Kevin Roberts.
Kazimierczak spectacularly saved a Laurence Wilson free-kick but could do nothing when Miller headed in Anthony Barry`s well-struck cross from the right to make it 1-1.
But Abbott won it when he controlled a pass from the right and drilled past Spencer in stoppage time.