A single, fatal defensive error cost Chester the chance of a point against the only unbeaten Vanarama Conference side, Woking.
The Blues were almost behind early on, but Gareth Roberts was back on the line to clear the danger in the midst of a chaotic goalmouth scramble.
But, at the other end, the visitors really should have taken the lead. Sean McConville headed wide with space after he connected with an excellent Jaden Hall cross.
Chester began to dominate proceedings, and were unlucky not to be ahead in the 38th minute when Kingsley James rattled the crossbar with a powerful drive from 25 yards out.
But Woking fought their way back into the game after the break and took the lead less than ten minutes into the second half. A cruel defensive slip allowed Giuseppe Sole to slot home with ease beyond a stranded Jon Worsnop.
Steve Burr's side struggled to respond and the only chance they carved ou before the full time whistle was a John Rooney free kick which stung the palms of Ross Warner.
It was a bitterly disappointing attacking climax to the game for Chester, who ended up without any rewards for the long journey home.
Chester FC: Worsnop, Roberts, Heneghan, Charnock, Kay, Harrison (Morris 79), James, Rooney, McConville (Mahon 59), Hall, Hobson (Iwelumo 79).
Subs Not Used: C Roberts, Touray.
Goal: Sole 52
Referee: Nicholas Kinseley
Pictures courtesy of Terry Marland