There are six games left for Chester FC in the National League and relegation is all but certain.

And after the miserable performance in the 2-0 home loss to Torquay United on Good Friday the Blues are back in action today - and the task gets no easier.

It's a trip to the league leaders today, Macclesfield Town, and the Silkmen are riding the crest of a wave after a late 3-2 win at Woking on Friday. They look destined for the Football League

It would take a miracle for the Blues to avoid the drop but a positive result may just reward those long-suffering fans who have had to endure a season of utter misery.

We are live from Moss Rose and we'll bring you all the action as it happens in the Cheshire derby.

Match gallery

Here’s a collection of images from today’s 1-0 defeat at Macclesfield by photographer Terry Marland.

Marcus Bignot on today's defeat and his impending departure

Match report

HERE is how the action panned out at Moss Rose.

Tom Crawford in action against Macclesfield
Tom Crawford in action against Macclesfield (Image: Terry Marland)

Full time: Macclesfield 1 Chester 0

Danny Whitehead’s goal separates the two sides. Macc now nine points clear.

Crowd

Attendance of 2,996.

Too honest?

Sighs of relief in the home stands as referee waves away calls for a penalty after Crawford clipped in the box. Blues midfielder didn’t go to ground. Maybe too honest.

Macc chance

Firth down to save a low Kennedy effort from 18 yards.

Decent effort

Harry White volleys goalwards from 15 yards but Jalal gathers down low. Good strike.

Blues change

Chester sub: Archer on for Akintunde - 74 mins

Stunning save

What a save! Jalal tips over a Jones effort from point blank range. Looked destined for the net.

Macc sub

Whitehead OFF

Burgess ON

60 minutes

Saved

Whitaker curls an effort looking for the top corner but Firth gathers.

GOAL! Macclesfield 1 Chester 0

And we have a goal. Hancox breaks down the right, crosses square for Whitehead to fire beyond Whitehead. 53 mins.

Headed over

First chance of the half falls to Macclesfield. Evans cross headed over by Whitaker.

The second half is underway

Macc kick us off.

Tough times

Half time: Macclesfield 0 Chester 0

A decent showing from the Blues so far. Both sides have had chances and plenty of endeavour out there.

Decent chance for hosts

Macc corner causes some panic in Chester box and Evans lashes wide from a loose ball.

Drops wide

Keith Lowe clips an effort goalwards from the corner but it drops wide of Firth’s right-hand post.

Good move

Great Chester move started by Mahon from inside own half, breezes past one, lays off to Crawford who feeds it back but Mahon shoots low and wide from just outside the box.

Good game so far

Open stuff so far. David Fitzpatrick fires over from 25 yards. Macc growing into this but Chester been ok so far.

Wide

Danny Whitehead shoots wide from distance for the home side.

Macc effort

Great work from Callum Evans to get to the byline and his cross finds head of Nathan Blissett who glances well wide.

Macc frustration

Home fans frustrated so far. They had been expecting an easier ride by this point.

Blues the better team

Another White chance. Flick from Halls and White lashes an effort inches wide. Chester had the better of this going forward.

A chance, that

Roberts corner flicked on by head of Astles but Akintunde can’t connect properly and it goes well over.

Great chance

Good Macc move sees Whitehead cross flash across face of Chester goal. Marsh so close to getting a touch on it.

Dragged wide

Another Chester chance. White finds room on right hand side of box but his strike drags just wide. Not a bad start from Chester.

Just wide

Jared Hodgkiss tries his luck from 20 yards but flashes effort wide.

Early chance for Chester

Decent chance. White breaks through and manages to get a low shot away that is saved by Jalal. Crawford was screaming for it unmarked to his left.