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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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Eastleigh 3, Chester FC 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Eastleigh 3, Chester FC 2.

  3. Goal!

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

  4. Post update

    Hand ball by Gareth Roberts (Chester FC).

  5. Post update

    Foul by Gareth Roberts (Chester FC).

  6. Post update

    Yemi Odubade (Eastleigh) wins a free kick.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Chester FC.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Jai Reason (Eastleigh).

  9. Post update

    Peter Winn (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Eastleigh.

  11. Booking

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

  12. Post update

    Foul by Craig Stanley (Eastleigh).

  13. Post update

    Jamie Menagh (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

    Corner, Eastleigh.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Jai Reason (Eastleigh).

  17. Post update

    Kingsley James (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

  18. 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.

  19. Substitution

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

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Eastleigh. Ben Wright replaces Craig McAllister.