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Eastleigh 3-2 Chester

Eastleigh held off a Chester fightback as both sides played more than half of the match with 10 men.

Ben Strevens put the home side ahead after his first effort was saved.

Eastleigh's Dean Beckwith was dismissed before half-time for a lunge at Matty Hughes, who was also sent off as he appeared to retaliate with a headbutt.

Stuart Fleetwood, with a penalty, and Craig McAllister made it 3-0, but Sean McConville and Kingsley James scored in the final 12 minutes for Chester.

Eastleigh initially responded better to being a man down, with Fleetwood scoring his penalty after Jai Reason was fouled in the area.

McAllister added a third when he lifted a lob over Chester keeper Jon Worsnop five minutes later.

But Chester - whose FA Cup fourth qualifying round win at Stockport seven days ago also ended 10-a-side after both teams had a player sent off - almost saved a point.

Line-ups

Eastleigh

  • 1Flitney
  • 2Spence
  • 3Green
  • 5BeckwithBooked at 38mins
  • 16Evans
  • 8StanleyBooked at 85mins
  • 10Reason
  • 11McAllisterSubstituted forWrightat 69'minutes
  • 9ConstableSubstituted forToddat 46'minutes
  • 13Fleetwood
  • 14StrevensSubstituted forOdubadeat 69'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Todd
  • 7Odubade
  • 17Reid
  • 19Wright
  • 24Helm

Chester

  • 1Worsnop
  • 22Heneghan
  • 5Brown
  • 6Charnock
  • 3Roberts
  • 8James
  • 16McConvilleBooked at 31mins
  • 27HughesBooked at 38mins
  • 10Rooney
  • 7MahonSubstituted forWinnat 34'minutes
  • 19HobsonSubstituted forMenaghat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 11Winn
  • 13Roberts
  • 14Menagh
  • 17Harrison
  • 25Touray
Referee:
Adam Bromley
Attendance:
1,306

Match Stats

Home TeamEastleighAway TeamChester
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home10
Away11
Shots on Target
Home8
Away6
Corners
Home0
Away0
Fouls
Home8
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Eastleigh 3, Chester FC 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Eastleigh 3, Chester FC 2.

Goal!

Goal! Eastleigh 3, Chester FC 2. Kingsley James (Chester FC) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner.

Hand ball by Gareth Roberts (Chester FC).

Foul by Gareth Roberts (Chester FC).

Yemi Odubade (Eastleigh) wins a free kick.

Corner, Chester FC.

Foul by Jai Reason (Eastleigh).

Peter Winn (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

Corner, Eastleigh.

Booking

Craig Stanley (Eastleigh) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Craig Stanley (Eastleigh).

Jamie Menagh (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

Offside, Eastleigh. Ben Wright tries a through ball, but Ben Wright is caught offside.

Corner, Eastleigh.

Foul by Jai Reason (Eastleigh).

Kingsley James (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

Goal!

Goal! Eastleigh 3, Chester FC 1. Sean McConville (Chester FC) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Peter Winn with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Chester FC. Jamie Menagh replaces Craig Hobson because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Eastleigh. Ben Wright replaces Craig McAllister.

Substitution

Substitution, Eastleigh. Yemi Odubade replaces Ben Strevens.

Attempt saved. John Rooney (Chester FC) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

Goal!

Goal! Eastleigh 3, Chester FC 0. Craig McAllister (Eastleigh) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jai Reason.

Offside, Chester FC. Kingsley James tries a through ball, but Kingsley James is caught offside.

Offside, Chester FC. Kingsley James tries a through ball, but Kingsley James is caught offside.

Goal!

Goal! Eastleigh 2, Chester FC 0. Stuart Fleetwood (Eastleigh) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Penalty conceded by Ben Heneghan (Chester FC) after a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty Eastleigh. Jai Reason draws a foul in the penalty area.

Attempt missed. John Rooney (Chester FC) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Attempt saved. Craig Hobson (Chester FC) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved.

Attempt saved. John Rooney (Chester FC) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

Corner, Eastleigh.

Corner, Chester FC.

Attempt missed. Craig Hobson (Chester FC) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Attempt missed. Craig Hobson (Chester FC) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right.

Attempt saved. Peter Winn (Chester FC) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

Attempt missed. Craig McAllister (Eastleigh) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Michael Green with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Eastleigh. Chris Todd replaces James Constable.

Second Half

Second Half begins Eastleigh 1, Chester FC 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Eastleigh 1, Chester FC 0.

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