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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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Chester FC 2, Southport 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Chester FC 2, Southport 2.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Danny Hattersley (Southport) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Danny Hattersley (Southport).

  5. Post update

    Danny Carlton (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Southport.

  7. Post update

    Offside, Chester FC. Danny Carlton tries a through ball, but Danny Carlton is caught offside.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Karl Ledsham (Southport) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

  9. 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.

  10. Booking

    Karl Ledsham (Southport) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Karl Ledsham (Southport).

  12. Post update

    Craig Mahon (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Aristote Nsiala (Southport).

  14. Post update

    Andrew Bond (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Michael Kay (Chester FC).

  16. Post update

    Danny Hattersley (Southport) wins a free kick.

  17. Post update

    Attempt saved. Danny Hattersley (Southport) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved. Assisted by John O'Sullivan with a cross.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Scott Brown (Southport).

  19. Post update

    Nathan Turner (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

  20. Booking

    Jason Walker (Southport) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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