WOEFUL Chester City slipped to their third consecutive Coca Cola League Two defeat on Saturday and fell closer towards the relegation trap door.
This was City's heaviest defeat of the season, and if this toothless type of performance continues, then the club will be making a swift return to the Nationwide Conference after just 12 months back in the Football League.
Chester have now failed to score in eight of their last 10 league outings.
Shrewsbury out-thought City in every department and after an opening 15 minutes when Chester enjoyed a good proportion of possession, the home side were rarely troubled as City's predictable tactics let them down yet again.
For the last two seasons a club has dropped like a stone into the final relegation places, last year it was York City, the previous it was Shrewsbury.
Chester's directors, who have invested so much money in the club, will be hoping it's not City's turn this year.
There was a defining moment on 14 minutes. Joe O'Neill had a clear run on goal but was hauled down by Watson - however referee Paul Danson amazingly waved play on, and from then on the wheels came off City's bandwagon and there was only one team in it.
Town took the lead after 27 minutes, Edmondson gave Rodgers too much space and the pocket-sized striker found Jamie Tolley who bundled the ball in.
Rodgers doubled Shrewsbury's advantage three minutes from the break. The City defence parted like the Red Sea, allowing the striker a clear shot on goal from 20 yards.
Instead of showing some resolve and fighting spirit, Chester appeared to accept their fate, and their cause wasn't helped when on-loan defender George Elokobi pushed Rodgers in the back and was immediately sent off.
Jake Sedgemoor converted the resulting spot kick, and from then on it was a damage limitation.
But Chester couldn't do that properly, and goals from Ryan Lowe and Kelvin Langmead completed the rout.
City manager Ian Rush said: "No-one's panicking, this defeat was a one-off. We are still 10 points clear of the drop zone.
"We have to re-group and work hard, and if we do there should be no threat to our status in the Football League. It is no good feeling sorry for ourselves. We have to get ready for Southend United next week."
SHREWSBURY TOWN: Howie, Whitehead, Walton, Tinson, Challis, Lowe (Grant, 82), Tolley (O'Connor, 82), Sedgemoor, Ashton, Langmead, Rodgers (Edwards, 60). Subs: Hart, Lyng.
CHESTER CITY: W Brown, Edmondson, Elokobi, Hope, Hessey, Drummond, Davies., Carden, Sestanovich (Belle, 46), O'Neill (M Brown, 66), Foy. Subs: Mackenzie, Vaughan, Walsh.