FOUR weeks ago, the Blues still had an outside chance of gate-crashing the League Two play-off race. Fast forward a month and City are slipping further and further down the table on the back of a demoralising run of six matches without a victory.
Safe from the drop and too far adrift of the play-offs, there is little else to play for except pride.
Blues boss Mark Wright is as frustrated as anyone in either the board-room or on the terraces by City's slump - and yesterday he spoke at length about what has gone wrong.
Wright cites the departure of five key players - Jon Walters, Roberto Martinez, Ashley Westwood, Stephen Vaughan and Gregg Blundell - since the turn of the year as the main reason for Chester's problems.
'These players had to go,' conceded the City manager. 'Their hearts were not with us any more. They've gone to pastures new and it's a shame for us because we haven't been able to replace those players. We have searched high and low to get players, but you tell me how many good players have changed clubs recently in this league. None.'
Wright had no complaints with the board's decision to let each of the five players leave.
Captain Stephen Vaughan departed in January after becoming the target of abuse from fans and he was followed by Walters, who was sold to Ipswich Town in a six-figure deal, and Blundell, who signed for Darlington for a five-figure sum.
Defender Westwood was allowed to join Swindon on loan because he needed to move closer to home due to personal problems, while the influential Martinez made an emotional return to his old club Swansea City as manager.
Wright was given funds to bolster his squad in the wake of the five's departure, but has found it difficult to find suitable replacements during mid-season.
He said: 'When you lose five players it's bound to have an effect on the team and we're doing the best we can with what we've got.
'The chairman, Graham Barrow and myself have worked tirelessly to bring people in to give us numbers and we'll soon see if they are going to be the players to fill the boots of the ones that left.
'At this moment in time, they're not. It takes a long time to settle in so they've got to work harder and do everything they can to get Chester City more points between now and the end of the season.'
Wright has come under fire from fans for deploying negative tactics this season, and he admitted: 'One thing we've got to do is get after teams a lot more than we have been doing.
'That's not been from Graham and myself - we're telling the players to step on and for some reason they sit off a little bit.
'Goals of late have been hard to come by and the fans haven't had a lot to shout about, but when you lose a strike force that anybody in this league would die for, it's impossible to replace them.'
So what can supporters expect from City in the final eight matches of the season?
'Our target is to finish as high as possible, to win as many games as we possibly can and do everything we can to give our supporters something to shout about,' promised Wright.
'The supporters jump on us and say certain things and get a little bit despondent, but they are in a better position than they have been for many a year.
'I always said that this season was about consolidating. Other people think it's about getting out and winning this league. We all want to do that and who knows where we would have been if we had kept those players.'