THE Blues crashed out of the FA Trophy after going down to the lower-league Tigers in their third qualifying round replay at Sandy Lane.
After letting a two-goal lead slip in the second half of Saturday’s 2-2 draw between the sides, Neil Young men’s quickly found themselves behind to strikes from Matt Young and Leon Mettam.
It was a hammer blow from which they were unable to recover.
Indeed Chester were fortunate to go into the break only two goals down as their Evo-Stik Northern Premier League opponents squandered several good chances to increase their lead.
The Blues improved in the second half but they were unable to get themselves on the scoresheet, the first time that has happened in 62 competitive matches.
Chester boss Young made two changes to the team that started on Saturday, bringing Wes Baynes, who had recovered from his illness, and new boy Craig Curran in for Iain Howard and Marc Williams.
Worksop started brightly, opening the scoring in the eighth minute after a long ball forward from Steve Towers found Mettam, who seemed to control the ball with his hand before forcing John Danby into a fine double save.
The unfortunate Danby saw the ball rebound to Young and he hammered home.
The Blues’ best chance of the first half fell to Antoni Sarcevic after Nathan Jarman and Levi Mackin had linked up well to find the former Crewe Alexandra midfielder. His shot, however, did not trouble Paul Bastock.
The impressive Mettam was able to spring the offside trap and he did well to beat Danby from a tight angle to double the Tigers’ advantage on 17 minutes.
Chances were stacking up for the hosts and the next one fell to Ash Burbeary, who again beat the offside trap, only to lob straight at Danby.
Danby kept the visitors in the contest once again when he denied Lee Beeson in a one-on-one.
Burbeary had a snapshot from the edge of the area that went wide before Towers forced another save out of Danby.
After one of the worst halves of football since the club reformed, Scott Brown and Tony Gray came on at the start of the second half.
Their arrival helped lift the tempo but despite having the lion’s share of the chances, Chester were not able to find the back of the net.
Jarman did well, cutting inside from the left wing and curling an effort towards the top corner, but Paul Bastock was equal to it.
Curran then showed superb control to set up Baynes, whose cross was fired wide by Jarman.
Luke Shiels did well to deny substitute Gray a certain goal while the lively Curran had a couple of good opportunities, the first of which saw him shoot into the side-netting and the second of which saw his deflected header cleared off the line.
The Blues, now operating a front five, continued to apply the pressure but they never truly looked like performing a late comeback.
Worksop: Bastock, Clarke, Ludlam (Wood 85), Young, Miller, Hawes, Beeson (Shiels 67), Towers, Burbeary, Mettam (Menga 79), King. Sub: Telling.
Booked: Bastock, Menga.
Goals: Young 8, Mettam 17.
Chester: Danby, Baynes, Clancy, Linwood, Collins, A Williams (Brown 46), Hankin (Gray 46), Sarcevic, Jarman, Curran, Mackin (M Williams 79). Subs: Horan, Howard.
Booked: Linwood, Baynes, Sarcevic, Collins, Jarman, Brown.
Referee: Richard Wigglesworth (South Yorkshire).