Blues boss Steve Burr was left fuming after his side slumped to their sixth defeat of the Vanarama Conference season with a 1-0 loss at unbeaten Woking on Saturday.
Chester more than matched their high-flying opponents in the first half, and created the best chance when Kingsley James struck a 25-yard thunderbolt in the 38th minute which cannoned off the crossbar.
But as has been the case for much of the season so far, the visitors were unable to keep up a solid performance throughout the 90 minutes, and Woking shaded the second half.
The hosts’ breakthrough came in the 52nd minute when Giuseppe Sole beat Ben Heneghan to the ball to go through on goal. Sole’s delicate chip past stranded keeper Jon Worsnop saw the ball trickle into the goal.
But while Worsnop could perhaps have done better then, there was no doubt he kept Chester in the game overall and pulled off a string of acrobatic one-handed saves to prevent Woking from doubling their lead.
Burr was visibly frustrated after the match and felt the Blues should’ve been awarded a penalty when Sean McConville was felled in the Woking box in the 19th minute.
“I am absolutely gutted,” he said. “The effort they have put in today, they should’ve got something out of the game.
“I still want a referee to tell me why decisions are different when you step into that 18-yard box but I’m still not getting answers.
"Sean McConville was brought down in the first half, inside the penalty area, and anywhere else on the park, the referee would’ve given a free kick. So that was disappointing.
“We hit the bar, cleared a few off the line, but the result is hard to take today.”
Commenting on the relative performances of the two sides, Burr said: “The more struggle we have to get results, the more pressure is put on the players, it’s a confidence thing. You can see they (Woking) are playing with a bit of free spirit.
“We are not too far away, it’s just maybe sustaining over the 90 minutes, but I can’t fault the lads, I just feel for them a bit today.
“I had a bit of a go because I am what I am and that’s what I felt at the end of the game, but that’s more out of frustration for not getting anything.
“We’ve started badly, we’re in a tough league, and we’re doing everything we can to stay in this division.”
Chester are back in action tomorrow evening when they host Southport (7.45pm).