CHESTER recovered from being 3-1 down at the break to claim an amazing 5-5 draw at Didsbury on Saturday.
Stu Field helped himself to a hat-trick and Tim Hewson bagged a brace.
A stern half-time team talk saw Chester come out fighting and Hewson reduced the deficit to one with a diving chip.
Didsbury extended their lead to 5-2 but Field's three unanswered strikes levelled matters.
Bart Beswick and Nick Chadwick were the best performers for a youthful Chester fourth team, who lost 5-1 to Northop Hall. nChester Ladies' first team failed to rise to the challenge at Aldridge as they slipped to a 1-0 defeat.
They have a final chance to claw their way off the foot of the table when they visit Ben Rhydding tomorrow in the last game of the season.
Chester seconds played with only nine men against Brooklands and paid the price, losing 5-2.
Mel Coulson and Tracy Hunt were the Chester scorers.
The champagne corks were popping for Chester's third team as they clinched promotion to Division Four of the Cheshire League with a 5-1 victory over Crewe.
Chester were determined to succeed and played their best hockey of the season.
They surprised Crewe with early pressure, rewarded by an Elayne Brown goal.
Christine Warden and Clare Martin struck to make it 3-0 before the break.
Martin and Sian French completed the rout after the break. nNew members are always welcome at Chester Hockey Club. For further information go to www.chesterhc.org