JUST when we thought City had turned the corner, they skidded off course and crashed into the Forest - Green that is.
They will probably get the wheels back on sooner rather than later, but the road to Conference safety may be a bit steeper than expected.
Although City showed commendable spirit to fight back from 2-0 down to equalise and briefly threaten to snatch the points, their defence performed so disastrously it was no surprise they lost.
There was nothing special about Forest Green, but there were so many opportunities gifted by Chester the visitors were bound to score at least one goal and when they scored their second they looked home and dry.
Alex Meechan grabbed the first on the stroke of half-time with a superb angled drive and Kavode Odejayi cashed in on a mix-up between Wayne Brown and Carl Ruffer in the 68th minute to make it 2-0.
Then Mike Rose hit the goal of the match when he ended a fine run from the left by smashing the ball past Steve Perrin on 71 minutes and Mark Beesley headed home from close range five minutes later after Chris Blackburn had hit the bar.
Suddenly, Chester looked capable of winning, but any optimism was short-lived as Meechan cashed in on bad marking to fire home the winner.
He almost had a hat-trick when his shot was blocked near the line by Martyn Lancaster a couple of minutes from the end.
Manager Steve Mungall said: 'It was bitterly disappointing. You can't give away goals like that and expect to win.
'All the hard work against Yeovil has gone to waste.'
Chester: Brown, Kilgannon, M Rose, Porter (Kerr 69), Ruffer, Lancaster, C O'Brien, Blackburn, Haarhoff (Malkin 30), Beesley, M O'Brien (Ruscoe 57). Subs: Baxter, Jago.
Goals: M Rose (71), Beesley (76).
Forest Green: Perrin, Cousins, Jenkins, Cooper, Impey, Foster (Tearney (87), Travis, Howey, Odejayi, Meechan (Shaw 90), Langan. Subs: Daley, Adams, Glassop.
Goals: Meechan (45, 80), Odejayi (68).
Booked: Cooper, Impey, Jenkins.
Referee: G Brittan.