Match ends, Eastleigh 1, Chester FC 0.
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."
- 8PayneBooked at 52mins
- 7OdubadeSubstituted forMidsonat 79'minutes
- 10ReasonBooked at 90mins
- 17CookSubstituted forGreenat 87'minutes
- 31CoulsonBooked at 78mins
- 4O'BrienSubstituted forMahonat 74'minutes
- 17AstlesBooked at 70mins
- 11ChapellSubstituted forShawat 63'minutes
- 23AlabiSubstituted forHobsonat 86'minutes
- David Rock
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Eastleigh 1, Chester FC 0.
Offside, Eastleigh. Jack Midson tries a through ball, but Jack Midson is caught offside.
Foul by Michael Green (Eastleigh).
Craig Mahon (Chester FC) wins a free kick.
Attempt blocked. Josh Payne (Eastleigh) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Foul by Tom Shaw (Chester FC).
Jack Midson (Eastleigh) wins a free kick.
Jai Reason (Eastleigh) is shown the yellow card.
Attempt missed. Matt Tubbs (Eastleigh) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.
Substitution, Eastleigh. Michael Green replaces Lee Cook.
Substitution, Chester FC. Craig Hobson replaces James Alabi.
Attempt missed. Ben Heneghan (Chester FC) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.
Foul by Jack Midson (Eastleigh).
Ryan Higgins (Chester FC) wins a free kick.
Offside, Chester FC. Ross Hannah tries a through ball, but Ross Hannah is caught offside.
Attempt blocked. Jai Reason (Eastleigh) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
Attempt saved. Matt Tubbs (Eastleigh) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved.
Substitution, Eastleigh. Jack Midson replaces Yemi Odubade.
Luke Coulson (Eastleigh) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.