CHESTER must bounce straight back after relinquishing their 10-match unbeaten run at Yeovil Town on Saturday in League Two.
City came off second best at Huish Park against a team which had won the Nationwide Conference championship 12 months prior to their own memorable title-winning campaign.
Chester's assistant manager Mark Aizlewood said: "Yeovil are a good team, and I have no complaints that we lost to them.
"But we felt some of the decisions from the officials were appalling."
Aizlewood continued: "Yeovil deserved the win but there were contributing factors to our defeat.
"The players were tired from three games in a week - we don't have a big squad."
The man who broke Chester's hearts was the former Everton striker Phil Jevons who registered a hat-trick, two of the goals coming from the penalty spot.
Ironically, City's former manager Mark Wright watched Jevons in pre-season friendly games, but eventually decided against signing the Liverpool-born player.
City went close early on with Drummond and Branch firing agonisingly wide.
The Somerset side opened their account after 25 minutes, when they were awarded a controversial penalty, referee Mr Beeby harshly adjudging that Edmondson had brought down Stolchers in the area.
Jevons sent Chris Mackenzie the wrong way with the resulting spot-kick.
Chester bounced back well. Michael Branch brought out saves from Weale in the home goal, and Ellison fired narrowly wide of the upright.
Yeovil doubled their advantage after 56 minutes. Caceres's effort from 20 yards hit the underside of the bar and bounced down on the line, but the goal was awarded by a linesman.
It was 3-0 in the 65th minute, again from the penalty spot. Mackenzie was adjudged to have upended Stolchers and Jevons made no mistake.
Darryl Clare, who had come on as a second-half substitute for Branch, scored a consolation goal for City from the penalty spot after 72 minutes. But an injury-time strike from Jevons gave the West Countrymen a well-deserved victory when he struck with a firm header.
Chester will make a statement this week regarding the position of Ian Rush and the vacant Wales managerial post.
The former Liverpool and Juventus legend was given permission by City's directors on Friday to talk to the Welsh Football Association.
With John Toshack likely to take over the managerial role at Spanish club Real Mallorca in the next week or so, the list of suitable contenders to succeed Mark Hughes is gradually dwindling.
Meanwhile, Chester's FA Cup first round tie at Stafford Rangers is under consideration for live television transmission.
Sky Television and the BBC are expected to make a decision on which games they televise in the next 24 hours. The first round ties will be played on the weekend of November 12-14.
YEOVIL TOWN: Weale, Rose, Miles (Guyett 37), Fontane, Terry, Caceres (Lindegard 84), Way, Johnston, Williams, Jevons, Stolchers (Gall 87). Subs: Collis, Tarachulski.
CHESTER CITY:Mackenzie, Edmondson (Harris 35), Bolland, Hope, Hessey, Drummond, Carden, Davies, Ellison, Belle (Ratley 61), Branch (Clare 62). Subs: Doyle, Vaughan.
REFEREE:Richard Beeby (Northamptonshire).