THE Chester City manager Mark Wright said following Saturday's hard-fought victory against Margate: "It's always nice to break records, but the record myself and the players want is a return to the Football League for Chester City FC."
The ex-Liverpool and England defender was referring to the run of 17 unbeaten league matches which created a post-war record for the Deva Stadium outfit.
Wright and his staff are also well on course to achieve their dream of returning to a higher division, as they currently lie in pole position in the Nationwide Conference.
Against Margate, they turned in a thoroughly professional performance to over-turn a team whose main objective appeared to be a damage limitation exercise, rather than trying to obtain points to assist their fight against relegation.
The corners' statistic probably best sums up City's complete superiority, with the home side on 15 while Margate had only two.
The visitors' hero was goalkeeper Phil Smith, who for the 77 minutes he was on the pitch before being injured, made a succession of stunning saves before finally being unlocked by City's Ben Davies.
But Chester proved to any doubters that they possess an array of strikers.
Smith made two full-length saves early on, the first from a McIntyre free-kick and then a close-range effort from Rapley.
Darryl Clare created problems throughout for the visitors, but a little cameo midway through the first half showed his undoubted class.
The ex-Boston United striker shimmied past his marker before unleashing a thunderous goalbound effort, which unfortunately took a deflection off a defender and went agonisingly wide.
In injury time of the first period, Smith was again in the action, this time making a pair of excellent stops to deny Davies.
The second half was a similar story with the league leaders dominating proceedings and the southerners content to absorb all that came their way like sponges.
The deadlock was eventually broken after 68 minutes with Davies' strike.
McIntyre powered down the left before cutting inside and passing to the former Kidderminster Harriers' youngster, whose shot rocketed into the net.
The floodgates then opened and City piled forward and doubled their lead eight minutes from the end.
Substitute Stamp laid a delightful through ball to Clare, whose goalbound effort was turned into his own net by the luckless Porter.
Stamp recorded the third two minutes into added time and there could even have been more goals, but efforts from Davies and McIntyre went narrowly wide.
After the match Wright reflected: "A lot of teams are coming here these days and just shutting up shop, but we showed patience and character and the inevitable result that we deserved came our way."
Wright showed that City aren't resting on their laurels.
"It could be that we strengthen the squad further in the next week or so, we will just have to wait and see."
CHESTER CITY: Brown, Collins, Ruffer, Guyatt (Bolland 72), Brady (Foster 58), Davies, Carey, Smith, McIntyre, Rapley (Stamp 58), Clare. Subs: Carden, Harris.
REFEREE: Dave Richardson (Halifax)