AN amazing final 90 seconds saw Chester City come back from a seemingly impossible position to clinch a thrilling 4-4 Coca-Cola League Two draw against Darlington at the Deva Stadium on Saturday.
In their previous home match Chester had come back from the jaws of defeat to clinch a 2-2 draw with a last-minute equaliser.
However, the weekend's heroics easily eclipsed the events witnessed against Lincoln, and the message to all supporters must be, you leave matches early at the Deva Stadium at your peril.
At times the defending on Saturday was woefully inept, and this must be an obvious concern to the City management.
Chester manager Keith Curle said: "Some of the defending was questionable, but it was an amazing match. Even when we were 4-2 down with two minutes to go, I still believed we could get something from the match. I am proud of the way the players knuckled down."
Darlington took the lead from the penalty spot after just six minutes. Simon Johnson sent goalkeeper Chris Mackenzie the wrong way after he'd been brought down by Phil Bolland.
Akpo Sodje took advantage of statuesque City defending to head home a free-kick in the 34th minute.
Curle opted for a triple substitution for the second period, bringing on Hessey, Curtis and Richardson, for Regan, Drummond and Bertos.
It brought an immediate result, with Marcus Richardson scoring from close range after 47 minutes.
But Sodje hit back two minutes later, rifling the ball home from 20 yards.
City again reduced the arrears after 54 minutes when man of the match Gregg Blundell, making his league debut, scored from close range after Scott McNiven had threaded an inch-perfect through ball.
Sodje looked to have sealed victory for the Quakers nine minutes from time, when he completed his hat-trick with a header.
But Blundell provided another lifeline when he poked the ball home from six yards in the 89th minute.
City now sensed a draw was possible. Blundell powered down the left and delivered a precision pass to Richardson, who headed home from close range.
Darlington manager David Hodgson went on to the pitch at the final whistle and shook the hand of every Chester player, an action that was a credit to him.
Today City travel to Devon to face Torquay United at Plainmoor.
CHESTER CITY: Mackenzie, McNiven, Dimech, Bolland, Regan (Hessey, 46), Drummond (Curtis, 46), Davies, Walker, Bertos (Richardson, 46), Branch, Blundell. Subs: Vaughan, Artell. ATTENDANCE: 2,469.