IT TOOK a special goal to beat Chester on Saturday, but that said City never looked like ending a sequence that was stretched to five games without a win.
Mike Marsh unleashed an unstoppable shot from 20 yards to plunder three points for Boston United, who went back to the top of the Conference after being displaced following a shock defeat at Dover a few days earlier.
"We had chances and they scored a Premiership goal, although I don't think they deserved to win" said City's director of football Gordon Hill. He might have added that Chester didn¹t either and on balance a draw may have been a fairer result.
Boston deserved the lead after 23 minutes when Simon Weatherstone converted a cross from the right by Mick Brown.
The visitors had little trouble turning around with the lead, but Chester had chances in the second half. Paul Bastock did well to tip over a fierce shot from Mike Rose before Mark Beesley kept his cool on the hour to find
the net via the outstretched hand of Bastock, following a good pass by new striker David McNiven.
Beesley has done little wrong in front of goal this season, but he should have done better after 66 minutes when another good delivery from McNiven found him well placed, only for the top scorer to head straight at the goalkeeper.
Chester, despite a defence overloaded with centre-backs, looked capable to sharing the spoils until Marsh produced his 70th-minute special and after that the visitors' defence wasn't seriously tested.
Chester: Brown, Lancaster, Linighan, Porter (Blackburn 75), Ruffer, Spink (R Rose 65), Hill, Kilgannon, McNiven, Beesley, M Rose. Subs: Roberts, Kerr, Hopwood.
Booked: Lancaster, Beesley, Hill, Kilgannon.
Boston United: Bastock, Costello, Lodge, R Weatherstone, Monington, Ellender, Marsh, Charlery (Town 86), Clare (Murphy 65), S Weatherstone, Brown (Cook 90).
Booked: Marsh, Costello, Ellender.
Referee: S Castle.