CHESTER'S 18-match unbeaten run, stretching back to August, came to an end at the Deva Stadium on Saturday - and they could have no complaints.
Stevenage were undaunted by the Conference leaders'defensive reptuation and attacked them from start to finish and were rewarded with a victory which will sound a warning throughout the league.
Stevenage were many people's tip to go up this season and this victory may kick-start their bid to come through the pack with a late challenge for a play-off place.
City didn't play badly, they were simply second best to a Borough side determined to to take the game to their opponents and the result was an entertaining match which was a fine advertisement for Conference football.
Said City boss Mark Wright:'Stevenage deserved to take something from the game. We lost too many battles.'
There were chances at both ends before top scorer Anthony Elding headed Stevenage ahead from close range in the 37th minute.
And despite City's best efforts they doubled the lead in the 75th minutes through Rocky Baptiste.
Chester's fighting spirit showed late on and substitute Michael Twiss rifled home a low shot in added time to give the scoreline a more realistic look.
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