The Blues could not build on the euphoria of Monday nights last gasp win as they were comprehensively beaten by a Grimsby side who are widely tipped to challenge for promotion this season. Goals from Shaun Pearson, Ross Hannah and Nathan Arnold ensured victory for the Mariners.
Steve Burr made one change from the dramatic victory against Wrexham with Ibou Touray coming in after his impressive second half display in that match.
Chester started the match comfortable in possession, but fell behind in the 18th minute. Shaun Pearson rose highest to head home from a corner courtesy of ex-Blue, Scott Brown. The response from the visitors was good, with Craig Hobson mistiming a header from a John Rooney pass and Sean McConville testing the home keeper James McKeown, but went into the break a goal down.
A matter of minutes following the interval, Grimsby doubled their lead. Ross Hannah nipped the ball away from Kingsley James before surging into the box and firing into the bottom corner.
This second goal gave the Mariners the confidence to try and extend their lead further as Scott Neilson was denied by Jon Worsnop before the home team were awarded a penalty. Keiran Charnock was the defender who fouled Jack Mackreth. However, Hannah was foiled by Worsnop as the Chester shot stopper excellently stopped his fiercely struck penalty that was destined for the net.
Grimsby keeper McKeown saved well low down from Wayne Riley before the hosts added another to kill the game and put themselves in a commanding position. A cutback from Mackreth teed up sub Nathan Arnold who duly dispatched the chance from close range.
Chester FC: Worsnop, Heneghan, Kay (Harrison 61), Charnock. G Roberts (Riley 37), Mahon, James, Rooney, Touray, McConville, Hobson (Hall 60).
Subs not used: Iwelumo, C Roberts.
Goals: Pearson 18, Hannah 49, Arnold 90.
Referee: Adrian Holmes (West Yorkshire