CHESTER'S bid for a hat-trick of victories ended in acrimony at Underhill on Saturday.
Bouyant following their recent successes against Hayes and Nuneaton City, they were confident of collecting at least a point from the club which followed them from Division Three to the Conference.
But not only did they lose they had salt rubbed in the wounds when Scott Ruscoe was sent off near the end following a controversial incident. He picked up his second yellow card, accompanied by a red, for allegedly diving in the box.
Fumed City's director of football Gordon Hill: 'I thought the referee was a joke. He gave Barnet a penalty in the first half when we didn't even touch their guy and then he sent off Ruscoe who was clearly brought down.' Chester had survived the early penalty incident when Wayne Brown saved from Ben Strevens following a foul by Michael Rose, but after a spell of pressure they went behind with a goal from Mark Gower two minutes before the break.
Mark Beesley kept up his scoring form by hitting the equaliser after 68 minutes, but six minutes later Barnet were back in front through Neil Midgley.
Down to 10 men following Ruscoe's dismissal, Chester conceded a third goal when Strevens chipped Brown to give the hosts a flattering victory.
Barnet: Harrison, Gledhill (Sawyers 61), Toms (Flynn 74), Goodhind, Heald, Arber, Niven, Strevens, Gower, Midgley, Bell (Doolan 68). Subs: Naisbitt, Taylor.
Chester: Brown, R Rose, M Rose, Porter, Spink, (Woodyatt 78), Lancaster, Hill (Wright 74), Kerr, Haarhoff (Hopwood 62), Beesley, Ruscoe. Sub: Roberts.
Referee: L Proben.