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Eastleigh 1-0 Chester

Eastleigh secured back-to-back wins for the first time since December as they narrowly defeated Chester.

Matt Tubbs' sixth goal of the season came from the spot on 70 minutes for Ryan Astles' challenge on Yemi Odubade.

Chester, who had beaten Aldershot 8-2 in midweek, were completely overrun by an Eastleigh side who had lost five of their previous seven league matches.

Visiting keeper Tony Thompson denied Luke Coulson, Josh Payne and Odubade before Tubbs' deserved winner.

The fight to reach the play-offs remains tense, with Eastleigh now only two points behind fifth-placed Braintree, while Chester are only eight points clear of trouble.

Chester manager Steve Burr told BBC Radio Merseyside:

"There were two things we felt hard done by. We had a goal disallowed in the first half when Ryan Higgins cut the ball back to Ross Hannah.

"And the lads are unhappy with the penalty decision. There was minimal contact. It was harsh, to say the least

"They have a very expensively assembled side with experience, who you could see are used to playing on that pitch and, in the end, it was settled by a penalty

"It was always going to be tough after what has happened this week, then the long journey down. We set off at seven o'clock this morning and you could see one or two tired legs out there. But I don't want to make excuses. We didn't create enough chances."

Line-ups

Eastleigh

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Flitney
  • 4Evans
  • 5Turley
  • 8PayneBooked at 52mins
  • 20Harding
  • 2Partington
  • 7OdubadeSubstituted forMidsonat 79'minutes
  • 10ReasonBooked at 90mins
  • 17CookSubstituted forGreenat 87'minutes
  • 31CoulsonBooked at 78mins
  • 32Tubbs

Substitutes

  • 3Green
  • 12Midson
  • 19Poke
  • 29Todd
  • 33Holland

Chester

Formation 4-4-2

  • 13Thompson
  • 2Higgins
  • 22Heneghan
  • 4O'BrienSubstituted forMahonat 74'minutes
  • 3Hunt
  • 26Lloyd
  • 17AstlesBooked at 70mins
  • 12Hughes
  • 11ChapellSubstituted forShawat 63'minutes
  • 9Hannah
  • 23AlabiSubstituted forHobsonat 86'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Worsnop
  • 7Mahon
  • 8Shaw
  • 10Rooney
  • 19Hobson
Referee:
David Rock

Match Stats

Home TeamEastleighAway TeamChester
Possession
Home63%
Away37%
Shots
Home16
Away5
Shots on Target
Home10
Away2
Corners
Home7
Away2
Fouls
Home7
Away5

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Eastleigh 1, Chester FC 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Eastleigh 1, Chester FC 0.

  3. Post update

    Offside, Eastleigh. Jack Midson tries a through ball, but Jack Midson is caught offside.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Michael Green (Eastleigh).

  5. Post update

    Craig Mahon (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

  6. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Josh Payne (Eastleigh) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Tom Shaw (Chester FC).

  8. Post update

    Jack Midson (Eastleigh) wins a free kick.

  9. Booking

    Jai Reason (Eastleigh) is shown the yellow card.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Matt Tubbs (Eastleigh) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Eastleigh. Michael Green replaces Lee Cook.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Chester FC. Craig Hobson replaces James Alabi.

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

    Foul by Jack Midson (Eastleigh).

  15. Post update

    Ryan Higgins (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

  16. Post update

    Offside, Chester FC. Ross Hannah tries a through ball, but Ross Hannah is caught offside.

  17. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jai Reason (Eastleigh) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Matt Tubbs (Eastleigh) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Eastleigh. Jack Midson replaces Yemi Odubade.

  20. Booking

    Luke Coulson (Eastleigh) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Cheltenham382411371244783
2Forest Green38256763352881
3Grimsby351911568293968
4Tranmere3817111050371362
5Braintree351710841261561
6Wrexham371781261441759
7Dover351781059451459
8Eastleigh36178115448659
9Gateshead37177134855-758
10Lincoln City3715111157471056
11Bromley37166156058254
12Macclesfield37155174943650
13Woking38147175855349
14Barrow361210144862-1446
15Aldershot37137174257-1546
16Chester371110165054-443
17Southport381110173854-1643
18Guiseley36913143453-1940
19Boreham Wood37812173037-736
20Halifax3599174869-2136
21Altrincham36811173661-2535
22Torquay35810174062-2234
23Welling38610223056-2628
24Kidderminster3759233761-2424
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