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Chester 2-2 Southport

Southport came from two goals down to rescue a point at fellow Conference Premier relegation strugglers Chester.

The hosts led through Craig Hobson's tap-in and Craig Mahon doubled that lead with a brilliant solo effort, weaving his way through before firing into the corner.

But Karl Ledsham headed home from the edge of the six-yard-box on 55 minutes.

And, having hit the bar with a penalty, Ledsham redeemed himself, sweeping home to level in the 89th minute.

Home keeper Aaron Chapman conceded a penalty for the second time in four days at Bumpers Lane, this time bringing down Danny Hattersley in the 69th minute, but Ledsham smashed his spot-kick against the bar.

Chester remain two points and one place clear of danger, while Southport are still 19th, just a point better off.

Line-ups

Chester

  • 31Chapman
  • 12Turner
  • 5LinwoodSubstituted forKayat 22'minutes
  • 25Bridge
  • 17BrownBooked at 40minsSubstituted forTurnerat 61'minutes
  • 21Mahon
  • 16BondBooked at 67mins
  • 24Rooney
  • 8Jarrett
  • 19SeddonBooked at 28mins
  • 7HobsonSubstituted forCarltonat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Kay
  • 26Carlton
  • 13Fearon
  • 15Turner
  • 34Menagh

Southport

  • 1Hurst
  • 7Nsiala
  • 20Fitzpatrick
  • 28Daly
  • 6Brown
  • 27O'Sullivan
  • 10LedshamBooked at 84mins
  • 18GeorgeBooked at 28mins
  • 15Hattersley
  • 21Osawe
  • 9WalkerBooked at 78mins

Substitutes

  • 8Mukendi
  • 16Joyce
  • 25Brodie
  • 12Challoner
  • 14Rutherford
Referee:
Simon Bennett
Attendance:
2,274

Match Stats

Home TeamChesterAway TeamSouthport
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home7
Away18
Shots on Target
Home2
Away8
Corners
Home0
Away0
Fouls
Home14
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Chester FC 2, Southport 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Chester FC 2, Southport 2.
Attempt missed. Danny Hattersley (Southport) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.
Foul by Danny Hattersley (Southport).
Danny Carlton (Chester FC) wins a free kick.
Corner, Southport.
Offside, Chester FC. Danny Carlton tries a through ball, but Danny Carlton is caught offside.
Attempt missed. Karl Ledsham (Southport) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

Goal!

Goal! Chester FC 2, Southport 2. Karl Ledsham (Southport) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left to the centre of the goal. Assisted by John O'Sullivan.

Booking

Karl Ledsham (Southport) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Karl Ledsham (Southport).
Craig Mahon (Chester FC) wins a free kick.
Foul by Aristote Nsiala (Southport).
Andrew Bond (Chester FC) wins a free kick.
Foul by Michael Kay (Chester FC).
Danny Hattersley (Southport) wins a free kick.
Attempt saved. Danny Hattersley (Southport) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved. Assisted by John O'Sullivan with a cross.
Foul by Scott Brown (Southport).
Nathan Turner (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

Booking

Jason Walker (Southport) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Jason Walker (Southport).
Craig Mahon (Chester FC) wins a free kick.
Corner, Chester FC.
Attempt blocked. Michael Kay (Chester FC) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by John Rooney with a cross.
Hand ball by Scott Brown (Southport).

Substitution

Substitution, Chester FC. Danny Carlton replaces Craig Hobson.
Foul by Luke George (Southport).
Craig Hobson (Chester FC) wins a free kick.
Corner, Southport.
Attempt saved. Danny Hattersley (Southport) header from the centre of the box is saved.
Foul by Lewis Turner (Chester FC).
Jason Walker (Southport) wins a free kick.
Hand ball by Scott Brown (Southport).
Penalty missed! Bad penalty by Karl Ledsham (Southport). Karl Ledsham should be disappointed.

Booking

Andrew Bond (Chester FC) is shown the yellow card for dissent.
Penalty conceded by Aaron Chapman (Chester FC) after a foul in the penalty area.
Penalty Southport. Danny Hattersley draws a foul in the penalty area.
Attempt missed. Gareth Seddon (Chester FC) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Chester FC. Nathan Turner replaces Matt Brown because of an injury.
Attempt saved. Osayamen Osawe (Southport) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved. Assisted by John O'Sullivan.
Corner, Southport.

Goal!

Goal! Chester FC 2, Southport 1. Karl Ledsham (Southport) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by David Fitzpatrick with a cross.
Corner, Southport.
Attempt saved. Danny Hattersley (Southport) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved.
Attempt missed. Luke George (Southport) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by John O'Sullivan.
Corner, Southport.
Foul by Matt Brown (Chester FC).
Danny Hattersley (Southport) wins a free kick.
Foul by Aristote Nsiala (Southport).
Gareth Seddon (Chester FC) wins a free kick.
Foul by John Rooney (Chester FC).
Osayamen Osawe (Southport) wins a free kick.

Goal!

Goal! Chester FC 2, Southport 0. Craig Mahon (Chester FC) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Craig Hobson.
Offside, Chester FC. Gareth Seddon tries a through ball, but Gareth Seddon is caught offside.
Foul by Danny Hattersley (Southport).
Ricky Bridge (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

Second Half

Second Half begins Chester FC 1, Southport 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Chester FC 1, Southport 0.
Attempt missed. Karl Ledsham (Southport) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right from a direct free kick.
Foul by Matt Brown (Chester FC).
Jason Walker (Southport) wins a free kick.
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