Match ends, Eastleigh 3, Hartlepool United 2.
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.
- 22JonesSubstituted forMileyat 68'minutesBooked at 83mins
- 19HollandsBooked at 76mins
- 26MatthewsBooked at 30minsSubstituted forZebroskiat 76'minutes
- 10YeatesSubstituted forGobernat 84'minutes
- 2KiosoBooked at 63mins
- 3KitchingSubstituted forMuirat 90'minutes
- 7DonaldsonSubstituted forHawkesat 77'minutes
- 6NobleBooked at 0minsSubstituted forHolohanat 88'minutes
- Richard Hulme
Substitution, Hartlepool United. Niko Muir replaces Mark Kitching.
Second Half ends, Eastleigh 3, Hartlepool United 2.
Substitution, Hartlepool United. Gavan Holohan replaces Liam Noble.
Substitution, Eastleigh. Oscar Gobern replaces Mark Yeates.
Cavanagh Miley (Eastleigh) is shown the yellow card.
Substitution, Hartlepool United. Josh Hawkes replaces Ryan Donaldson.
Substitution, Eastleigh. Chris Zebroski replaces Sam Matthews.
Danny Hollands (Eastleigh) is shown the yellow card.
Goal! Eastleigh 3, Hartlepool United 2. Nicke Kabamba (Hartlepool United).
Substitution, Eastleigh. Cavanagh Miley replaces Joey Jones.
Peter Kioso (Hartlepool United) is shown the yellow card.
Goal! Eastleigh 3, Hartlepool United 1. Shaun Hobson (Eastleigh).
Second Half begins Eastleigh 2, Hartlepool United 1.
First Half ends, Eastleigh 2, Hartlepool United 1.
Sam Matthews (Eastleigh) is shown the yellow card.
Goal! Eastleigh 2, Hartlepool United 1. Alex Wynter (Eastleigh).
Goal! Eastleigh 1, Hartlepool United 1. Mark Kitching (Hartlepool United).
Goal! Eastleigh 1, Hartlepool United 0. Ben Williamson (Eastleigh).
First Half begins.
Lineups are announced and players are warming up.