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Eastleigh 3-2 Hartlepool United

Eastleigh maintained their National League play-off push with an entertaining home win over Hartlepool.

Ben Williamson put Eastleigh in front in just the second minute following a well-worked corner routine.

But Pools were back level within four minutes when Mark Kitching, who only started after Fraser Kerr was injured in the warm-up, slotted home from close range.

Eastleigh restored their lead in the 14th minute when Alex Wynter tapped in after Joey Jones nodded on Mark Yeates' delivery at the back post.

Home goalkeeper Luke Southwood then produced stunning saves to deny Luke Molyneux and Nicke Kabamaba, twice, with Pools stopper Scott Loach foiling Josh Hare at the other end.

Shaun Hobson, on loan from Bournemouth, extended Eastleigh's lead three minutes into the second half from another Yeates corner before Williamson hit a post.

Kabamaba reduced the deficit with a back-post header in the 71st minute but Eastleigh, who had two goals chalked off, held on to claim an eighth win in 10 games.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Eastleigh

  • 1Southwood
  • 2Hare
  • 15Wynter
  • 22JonesSubstituted forMileyat 68'minutesBooked at 83mins
  • 14Boyce
  • 6Hobson
  • 3Green
  • 19HollandsBooked at 76mins
  • 26MatthewsBooked at 30minsSubstituted forZebroskiat 76'minutes
  • 10YeatesSubstituted forGobernat 84'minutes
  • 18Williamson

Substitutes

  • 4Gobern
  • 7McKnight
  • 11Zebroski
  • 16Dennett
  • 17Miley

Hartlepool

  • 1Loach
  • 2KiosoBooked at 63mins
  • 3KitchingSubstituted forMuirat 90'minutes
  • 7DonaldsonSubstituted forHawkesat 77'minutes
  • 17Anderson
  • 34Edgar
  • 16Featherstone
  • 6NobleBooked at 0minsSubstituted forHolohanat 88'minutes
  • 21Molyneux
  • 33James
  • 29Kabamba

Substitutes

  • 10Muir
  • 11Hawkes
  • 14Holohan
  • 19Richardson
  • 28Amos
Referee:
Richard Hulme
Attendance:
1,863

Live Text

Match ends, Eastleigh 3, Hartlepool United 2.

Substitution

Substitution, Hartlepool United. Niko Muir replaces Mark Kitching.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Eastleigh 3, Hartlepool United 2.

Substitution

Substitution, Hartlepool United. Gavan Holohan replaces Liam Noble.

Substitution

Substitution, Eastleigh. Oscar Gobern replaces Mark Yeates.

Booking

Cavanagh Miley (Eastleigh) is shown the yellow card.

Substitution

Substitution, Hartlepool United. Josh Hawkes replaces Ryan Donaldson.

Substitution

Substitution, Eastleigh. Chris Zebroski replaces Sam Matthews.

Booking

Danny Hollands (Eastleigh) is shown the yellow card.

Goal!

Goal! Eastleigh 3, Hartlepool United 2. Nicke Kabamba (Hartlepool United).

Substitution

Substitution, Eastleigh. Cavanagh Miley replaces Joey Jones.

Booking

Peter Kioso (Hartlepool United) is shown the yellow card.

Goal!

Goal! Eastleigh 3, Hartlepool United 1. Shaun Hobson (Eastleigh).

Second Half

Second Half begins Eastleigh 2, Hartlepool United 1.

Half Time

First Half ends, Eastleigh 2, Hartlepool United 1.

Booking

Sam Matthews (Eastleigh) is shown the yellow card.

Goal!

Goal! Eastleigh 2, Hartlepool United 1. Alex Wynter (Eastleigh).

Goal!

Goal! Eastleigh 1, Hartlepool United 1. Mark Kitching (Hartlepool United).

Goal!

Goal! Eastleigh 1, Hartlepool United 0. Ben Williamson (Eastleigh).

Kick Off

First Half begins.

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leyton Orient392211663283577
2Salford412210967392876
3Solihull Moors412291066402675
4Wrexham412191149341572
5Fylde391814763342968
6Harrogate4119111173512268
7Eastleigh39207125248467
8Ebbsfleet4118111259392065
9Gateshead40188145041962
10Sutton United411613125051-161
11Barrow411511154647-156
12Chesterfield411216134847152
13Hartlepool411313155056-652
14Halifax411118123536-151
15Bromley40149175660-451
16Barnet391311153644-850
17Maidenhead United41155214263-2150
18Boreham Wood411115154454-1048
19Dag & Red40138194552-747
20Dover411211185062-1247
21Havant & Waterlooville41912205672-1639
22Aldershot4199233163-3236
23Braintree4187264174-3331
24Maidstone United4086263269-3730
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