Chester's season ended in disappointment as they slumped to a 2-0 home defeat against Boreham Wood.
The Blues' finish the National League campaign in 19th position after a lacklustre display against the Hertfordshire side.
Kenny Davis put the visitors ahead on the cusp of half-time when his tamely-struck side-footed effort from outside the box took a deflection and evaded Blues keeper Alex Lynch.
Things got worse for Chester after the interval when Angelo Balanta collected the ball 25 yards out before firing home a left-footed strike that found the bottom corner.
Chester could muster little in response and were second best for long spells of the second half in an insipid performance.
James Akintunde's side-footed effort from close range found the net, but was ruled out for offside.
James Alabi saw his powerful 85th minute header tipped over the bar by Boreham Wood keeper Grant Smith.
A sixth successive league defeat saw the Blues equal a club record eighth straight league defeat at home.
McCarthy's side narrowly survived a relegation scare by virtue of the 52-point tally reached five games earlier.