Match ends, Eastleigh 2, Chester FC 2.
Eastleigh 2-2 Chester
National League strugglers Chester came back from two goals down at Eastleigh to claim only their second away point since boss Marcus Bignot took over.
Ben Williamson scored from 18 yards - his eighth goal of the season - to put the hosts ahead in only the second minute.
Ross Hannah was close to getting one back immediately, only to have his effort cleared off the line by Callum Howe.
And it looked ominous for Bignot's side when former million pound striker Gary McSheffrey doubled Eastleigh's lead on 53 minutes - only his second goal for the club.
But seven minutes later, Chester pulled one back when Kingsley James cut the ball back for James Akintunde to net his third goal of the season.
And, although home keeper Ross Flitney produced a great save to keep out Ryan Astles, the big Chester defender then headed home Lucas Dawson's last-minute corner to level.#
Chester recalled Conor Mitchell in goal, with midweek signing Nathan Vaughan on the bench.
Victory for Chester would have lifted them out of the drop zone, but they stay 22nd, level on points with Barrow, while Eastleigh are seven points higher in 16th.
The original Eastleigh-Chester game was postponed on 30 September after a wet Silverlake Stadium pitch was deemed by match officials as "unfit for play" - just two and a quarter hours before kick-off.
- 27HoweBooked at 27mins
- 15ObileyeBooked at 65minsSubstituted forStrevensat 72'minutes
- 28McSheffreyBooked at 79minsSubstituted forMatthewsat 79'minutes
- 25WilliamsonSubstituted forMcAllisterat 76'minutes
- 17DawsonBooked at 59mins
- 20AkintundeSubstituted forJoyceat 90'minutes
- 10HannahSubstituted forBellat 86'minutes
- 29Hall-JohnsonBooked at 44mins
- Savvas Yianni
Second Half ends, Eastleigh 2, Chester FC 2.
Substitution, Chester FC. Wade Joyce replaces James Akintunde.
Goal! Eastleigh 2, Chester FC 2. Ryan Astles (Chester FC).
Substitution, Chester FC. Nyal Bell replaces Ross Hannah.
Substitution, Eastleigh. Sam Matthews replaces Gary McSheffrey.
Gary McSheffrey (Eastleigh) is shown the yellow card.
Substitution, Eastleigh. Craig McAllister replaces Ben Williamson.
Substitution, Eastleigh. Ben Strevens replaces Ayo Obileye.
Ayo Obileye (Eastleigh) is shown the yellow card.
Goal! Eastleigh 2, Chester FC 1. James Akintunde (Chester FC).
Lucas Dawson (Chester FC) is shown the yellow card.
Goal! Eastleigh 2, Chester FC 0. Gary McSheffrey (Eastleigh).
Second Half begins Eastleigh 1, Chester FC 0.
First Half ends, Eastleigh 1, Chester FC 0.
Reece Hall-Johnson (Chester FC) is shown the yellow card.
Goal! Eastleigh 1, Chester FC 0. Ben Williamson (Eastleigh).
First Half begins.
Lineups are announced and players are warming up.