Chester slumped to their fourth successive defeat after going 4-2 down to Maidstone United at Gallagher Stadium in the Vanarama National League.
The travelling Blues hadn’t even troubled the Maidstone defence when the home side took the lead. A corner was conceded following a good block from Alex Lynch, with towering centre-half Kevin Lokko pouncing on the ball in the box to stab home the set-piece.
And within a matter of minutes, the Stones doubled their advantage after poor defending lead to another excellent opportunity for Jay Saunders’ side. With yet another corner failing to be dealt with, Jack Paxman looped a ball over for Delano Sam-Yorke, who under pressure, coolly slotted past Lynch.
A quarter of an hour wasn’t even on the clock – and Maidstone added a third. The Blues seemed to fail with high balls into the area throughout the game – something which the home side seemed to notice after Reece Prestedge picked out Joe Pigott, who fired another past a struggling Chester backline.
By far Chester’s best chance of the first half fell to James Alabi – after the brightest spell of play throughout the encounter so far. Blaine Hudson marauded forward from the half way line to slip through an inch perfect through ball for the Blues striker, who fired his effort across goal at an awkward angle.
But the game looked all but over when the Stones made it four – with Lokko adding his second of the game. More terrible defending from a corner allowed the ex-Norwich City youngster the opportunity to guide his header past Lynch – who was unable to deal with the effort flying into the far post.
No side looked to stamp authority in the second half – and it was the Blues who scored first after Evan Horwood was brought down in the area. Ever-present James Alabi stood forward to take the spot kick, and sent Lee Worgan the wrong way from 12-yards.
It’s fair to say the Blues looked down and out in the first half – but an inspired display earned Jon McCarthy’s team another goal. Ryan Lloyd lofted in a free kick from within the Maidstone half, with Sam Hughes looping a header over Worgan into the top corner.
Maidstone United: Worgan, Mills, Coyle, Lokko, Lewis, Sam-Yorke (McCarthy 87), Paxman (Loza 85), Flisher, Prestedge, Nana-Twumasi, Pigott (Taylor 74).
Subs not used: Acheampong, Odubade.
Chester FC: Lynch, Hughes, Hudson, Astles, Horwood, George, Joyce (Richards 46), Lloyd, Shaw (Killock 46), Durrell, Alabi.
Subs not used: Roberts, Waters, Chapell
Referee: Carl Brook