CHESTER fans who thought the club's troubles were over when it came under new management may have to think again.
The loyal ones who made their longest trip in their Conference calendar must certainly have doubts after watching their side toil in a dreary basement battle.
The escape route from the relegation zone for both clubs looks longer than the Channel tunnel on the evidence of this match, which left City wondering where their next points are coming from as they suffered their fourth defeat in a row.
Chester complained they should have had a penalty when Carl Ruffer's shot seemed to have been handled, but when you are near the bottom every doubtful decision is contested.
Without top scorer Mark Beesley, sidelined because of suspension, Chester lacked a cutting edge, although stand-in striker Darren Wright went close to scoring just before half-time when his curling, long-range drive struck the Dover woodwork.
But apart from that there was not much to worry home goalkeeper Paul Hyde, and his opposite number Wayne Brown has had busier afternoons.
He was beaten by a Tommy Tyne shot in the first half which struck the foot of a post, but he couldn't do much about the only goal of the match on the hour.
A pass from Keith Scott sent Chris Allen away and Allen's accurate cross found Tyne, who fired past Brown.
Chester managed one more shot on target than the hosts and forced more corners, but failure to make the most of their opportunities is why they are languishing near the foot of the table.
Dover: Hyde, Shearer, Norman, Leberl, Vowden, Le Bihan, Strouts, Davies, Scott, Tyne (Elliott 82), Allen. Subs: Day, Ovard, Hickman, Frost. Booked: Davies, Leberl, Scott, Vowden.
Chester: Brown, Ruscoe, M Rose, Porter, Halford, Ruffer, O'Brien, Kerr, Malkin, Williams (Kilgannon 69), Wright. Subs: Baxter, Higgins, Lancaster, Jago. Booked: Halford, Porter, Ruffer, Williams.
Referee: S Chittenden.