CHESTER CITY and Wycombe Wanderers left the pitch at the Causeway stadium to a rapturous, well-deserved ovation, following Saturday's enthralling Coca-Cola League Two clash.
Both sides are committed to open and expansive football and between them they have already notched 48 goals this season. Again at the weekend nobody was disappointed.
City, who twice held the lead, also rattled the Wycombe woodwork on two occasions, but in fairness it would have been an injustice if either side had lost this memorable encounter.
Chester took the lead after 10 minutes. A high ball into the Wycombe area was deftly knocked back by Marcus Richardson to Stewart Drummond, who in turn thundered the ball home via the underside of the bar.
The home side restored parity 15 minutes later.
Artell failed to clear a cross from Torres, which allowed veteran striker Tommy Mooney to sweep the ball past Mackenzie. Man of the match Michael Branch, who had his best game of the season, restored City's lead in the 36th minute.
Carl Regan linked well with Richardson down the left before delivering a pinpoint cross to the former Everton striker, who poked the ball home from close range.
The visitors left the back door open again a minute from the break, a Stefan Oakes free-kick finding the unmarked Roger Johnson, who headed home from six yards.
Wycombe took the lead for the first time five minutes into the second period, Mooney stabbing the ball home following good work down the left by Kevin Betsy.
City then piled forward and a long throw-in from Scott McNiven was knocked on by Drummond to Branch, who made no mistake from 10 yards.
With a little more luck Chester could easily have won all three points in injury time, but an effort from Branch hit the post before being bundled to safety.
After the match City manager Keith Curle reflected: "The two teams have got a way of playing and they are prepared to stick to their principles.
"We are two teams plying our trade at the top of the table, so you might expect a little bit of caution, but caution went out of the window in this match."
Curle added: "Michael Branch was excellent. He led from the front and typified everything we were trying to do.
"We are very pleased with the way we played and with a little more luck we could have nicked it at the end."
There is a fans' forum at the Deva Stadium tonight, when chairman Stephen Vaughan and manager Curle will be on hand to answer supporters' questions.. The event is free and starts at 7pm.
WYCOMBE WANDERERS: Talia, Senda, Easton, Johnson, Williamson, Betsy, Bloomfield (Stonebridge 77), Torres (Dixon 67), Oakes, Tyson (Burnell 46), Mooney. Subs: Williams, Martin.
CHESTER CITY: Mackenzie, McNiven, Regan, Dimech, Artell, Lowe (Blundell 63), Drummond, Curtis, Davies, Branch, Richardson (Walker 84). Subs: Vaughan, El Kholti, Bertos.
REFEREE: Mr Kevin Wright (Cambridgeshire)