CHESTER remain 19 points from safety after they somehow slumped to their second Blue Square Premier reverse on the run this afternoon.

There looked only one winner of the Lamb Ground showdown when Mark Beesley rewarded City's almost complete dominance by cancelling out Neil MacKenzie’s early opener 12 minutes into the second half.

The basement boys then spurned the chance to take a deserved lead and they were made to pay when on-loan Wrexham striker Simon Brown put out-of-form Tamworth back in front before Nick Wright struck moments later to leave the large and vocal travelling army of Blues fans utterly stunned.

The Lambs, having made such a promising start to the season following their promotion as Blue Square North champions, went into the match on the back of a seven-game losing run. But, boosted by the return of captain Chris Smith and England C striker Wright, they far from resembled a side playing without confidence in the opening stages of a match which was refereed by female official Amy Rayner.

And, after debutant Brown blazed over from a difficult angle, they broke the deadlock in the 10th minute courtesy of a cool finish from MacKenzie.

The recalled Anthony Barry was caught in possession on the edge of his own area and although captain Tim Ryan blocked Wright's initial attempt, MacKenzie was on hand to slot a left-footed 18-yard drive past John Danby into the bottom corner.

Chester were failing to win the second balls in midfield while Wright was proving to be a handful for Ryan and Shaun Kelly, with the frontman’s pace taking him away from the centre-back pairing and into the clear. But, with just Danby to beat, Wright could only lift his effort over the bar.

That let-off did at least spark Jim Harvey’s men into life with Michael Coulson - playing his final game of his loan from York City - and Nick Chadwick going close from distance.

Danby then pulled off a super save to prevent Richard Tait from doubling the home team's advantage. But, with Clark Keltie and Barry now bossing proceedings, it was the visitors who finished the half far the stronger and they really should have equalised three minutes before the break when neat inter-play between Barry and Rhys Meynell enabled Chadwick to play in strike-partner Beesley.

The on-loan Cambridge United forward needed to lift his shot over the onrushing Danny Alcock but instead fired straight at the Tamworth's goalkeeper's feet.

Beesley made amends in the 57th minute, though, as he collected a pass from Coulson and sent Alcock the wrong way with a neat left-footed strike from just inside the box.

It was no less than City deserved having continued in the ascendancy after the restart, with Barry skimming the post with a thunderous 25-yarder before Beesley netted.

It was clear Blues boss Harvey was not prepared to settle for a point, however, as he replaced Adam Kay with striker Gregg Blundell, who nearly scored moments after coming on with a low attempt that Alcock kept out with his feet.

City were totally dictating the play so it came as a complete surprise when Brown restored the Lambs' advantage in the 69th minute with a simple tap-in from six yards out after MacKenzie's shot fortuitously deflected into his path.

And, with the rain beginning to lash down, matters turned from bad to worse six minutes after that as the ball broke to Wright 25 yards out and he arrowed in to the corner of the net to seal the unlikeliest of three points.

TAMWORTH: Alcock, Tait, Briscoe, Smith, Blackwood, Pritchard, Shaw (Christie 61), MacKenzie, Brown (Wylde 71), Wright (Ulker 84), Sheridan. Subs: Russell, Lake-Gaskin.

GOALS: MacKenzie 10, Brown 69, Wright 75.

CHESTER: Danby, Roberts, Kelly, Ryan, Meynell, Kay (Blundell 64), Barry, Keltie, Coulson, Beesley, Chadwick. Subs: Murphy, Rule, Owen, Ellams.

GOAL: Beesley 57.

REFEREE: Amy Rayner (Loughborough).