It's a tall order for Chester FC to remain in the National League, but we already knew that.

The late defeat at Dagenham & Redbridge 10 days ago leaves Chester six points adrift of safety with games running out fast for manager Marcus Bignot and his side.

Tonight sees Dover Athletic make the long midweek trip from Kent for this rearranged clash, and it promises to be another tough battle for Bignot and his men.

Chris Kinnear's Dover side come into the clash on the back of a 1-0 win over Leyton Orient on Saturday, a result that saw them jump back into the play-off places.

We will bring you all the action as it happens from the Swansway Chester Stadium as the Blues go in search of a valuable three points that may keep the door to survival ajar, if only slightly.

Match report

HERE is how the action panned out this evening.

Matty Waters in action for Chester against Dover
Matty Waters in action for Chester against Dover (Image: Terry Marland)

Full time: Chester 0 Dover 2

Blues capitulate in the second half. Relegation now seems inevitable.

Hannah wide

20 yard free kick flies just wide of upright

Added time

Five minutes

Well over

Dominic Vose fires over from the edge of the box


Azeez header at the far post evades Firth and Hobson waits for keeper to claim before it’s hoofed clear. Almost trickles over the line

Chester sub

Mahon on for Halls - 83 mins

Dover solid

Whites backline holds firm as White and Archer efforts are blocked.

That's that

Low cross from Daniel on the break and Astles turns it past Firth.

GOAL: Chester 0 Dover 2

Ryan Astles own goal - 72 minutes

Chester sub

Ross Hannah for Myles Anderson

Dover sub

Kadell Daniel for Mitch Pinnock - 67

Awful defending

Corner comes in, free header and Lokko makes it 1-0. Too easy.

GOAL Chester 0 Dover 1

Kevin Lokko - 65 mins


Harry White strikes low and wide from 18 yards

Great strike

Walker pushes away a Crawford rocket from 25 yards

Too heavy

Waters breaks through one on one but touch is too heavy.

Good save

Firth down well to save a Brundle snap shot.

Quiet start

Scrappy affair early doors. Andy Firth lucky as a catch that appeared to be taken outside the box goes unnoticed.

Back at it

Second half is underway

The teams are back out

Hopefully the Blues can build on a positive 45 minutes.

Decent showing

Half time: Chester 0 Dover 0

Decent first 45 from the Blues. Vose key to unlocking this Dover defence. For some better finishing then Chester could be ahead here.

Chance goes begging

White effort tipped over from eight yards. Should have been the opener.


Crowd of 1,182 here. Think that is the lowest for a league game since reformation.


Archer header saved down low from a free kick

Great save

Walker saves a Vose effort after great footwork on left side of the box

Off the wall

Vose free kick cannons off wall


Bellamy booked for taking down Archer 25 yards out

Just over

Gary Roberts curls a 20 yard free kick inches over Walker’s crossbar