Full time: Chester 1 Maidstone 3

A disappointing afternoon for the Blues. The Stones deserved the success and Chester will need to get back to the levels of Dagenham if they are to emerge with something from Tuesday’s trip to Barrow.

Great challenge

Vassell does well to thwart Flisher when he had a clear sight of goal 12 yards out.

Added time

Five minutes to be added on.

Blocked

Chapell’s shot in a crowded box is charged down by Flisher.

Off the post

Dumaka thunders an effort off Roberts’ near post.

That's probably that

The Blues were struggling before Alabi’s dismissal but now their challenge looks near impossible. Been a struggle today.

Harsh

Ball ran through and Alabi slid in on Worgan aggressively. A dust up in the box ensued and Alabi was given his marching orders. A near impossible task now.

Red card

James Alabi has been sent off for a challenge on keeper Worgan.

Blues struggling

They’ve lost their shape and Maidstone are looking very comfortable with little over 10 minutes left.

Stones corner

Astles heads out after a dangerous cross from Murphy.

Maidstone sub

Dan Sweeney on for Jack Paxman. 75mins

Chester sub

Tom Shaw off, James Akintunde on. 70mins.

Chester corner

Tom Shaw’s effort is deflected out.

Stones sub

Dumebi Dumaka on for Bobby-Jo Taylor. 67mins.

Great hit

Alex Flisher receives the ball in the area and turns his man and fires beyond Roberts. Stones deserve it to be fair. Blues really struggling at the moment.

GOAL! Chester 1 Maidstone 3

Alex Flisher 65 mins

Terrible goal

Murphy cross isn’t dealt with by the Blues backline and Greenhalgh bundles home from six yards.

Double sub for Chester

Richards off Mahon on, Horwood off Chapell on. 58mins

GOAL! Chester 1 Maidstone 2

Ben Greenhalgh - 57mins

Great save

Roberts does superbly well to tip over a Greenhalgh effort at his near post.

Chester's leveller

James Alabi levels for Chester against Maidstone
James Alabi levels for Chester against Maidstone (Image: Terry Marland)

Terry Marland captures Alabi’s equaliser in the first half.

Penalty shout turned down

Flisher effort saved by Roberts and Greenhalgh goes down under pressure from Hudson in the box but booked for simulation.

Booking for Maidstone

Alex Flisher for challenge on Durrell

Kick-off

Maidstone get us under way.

The teams are back out

Can the Blues find a winner?

Half time thoughts

A cliche but that was definitely a game of two halves. The Blues struggled to get into their rhythm for the first 25 minutes and Maidstone looked more dangerous with each passing attack. The Stones wingers of Tom Murphy and Bobby-Jo Taylor gave Horwood and Vassell a torrid time early on but the Chester goal changed it all. James Alabi took his goal superbly and the Blues were given a massive lift and looked more like the side that took apart Dagenham & Redbridge on Tuesday. If they can come out with the same intensity then they have an excellent chance of bagging the points provided they can nullify the threat of Murphy and Taylor.

Dave Powell

Half time: Chester 1 Maidstone 1

Horwood heads clear and the referee blows his whistle to bring the opening 45 minutes to a close.

Stones corner

Murphy’s cross blocked by Horwood.

Roberts save

Murphy hits an 18-yard angled effort at Roberts after his cross was cleared back into his path.

Even contest

After being on the back foot for much of the first half the Blues have looked far more assured and confident since the goal.