Southport came from two goals down to rescue a point at fellow Conference Premier relegation strugglers Chester.

The hosts led through Craig Hobson's tap-in and Craig Mahon doubled that lead with a brilliant solo effort, weaving his way through before firing into the corner.

But Karl Ledsham headed home from the edge of the six-yard-box on 55 minutes.

And, having hit the bar with a penalty, Ledsham redeemed himself, sweeping home to level in the 89th minute.

Home keeper Aaron Chapman conceded a penalty for the second time in four days at Bumpers Lane, this time bringing down Danny Hattersley in the 69th minute, but Ledsham smashed his spot-kick against the bar.

Chester remain two points and one place clear of danger, while Southport are still 19th, just a point better off.

Lineup, Bookings (6) & Substitutions (3)

Chester

  • 31 Chapman
  • 12 Turner
  • 05 Linwood (Kay - 22' )
  • 25 Bridge
  • 17 Brown Booked (Turner - 61' )
  • 21 Mahon
  • 16 Bond Booked
  • 24 Rooney
  • 08 Jarrett
  • 19 Seddon Booked
  • 07 Hobson (Carlton - 75' )

Substitutes

  • 02 Kay
  • 26 Carlton
  • 13 Fearon
  • 15 Turner
  • 34 Menagh

Southport

  • 01 Hurst
  • 07 Nsiala
  • 20 Fitzpatrick
  • 28 Daly
  • 06 Brown
  • 27 O'Sullivan
  • 10 Ledsham Booked
  • 18 George Booked
  • 15 Hattersley
  • 21 Osawe
  • 09 Walker Booked

Substitutes

  • 08 Mukendi
  • 16 Joyce
  • 25 Brodie
  • 12 Challoner
  • 14 Rutherford
Ref: Simon Bennett
Att: 2,274

Match Stats

Shots

7 18

On target

2 8

Corners

0 0

Fouls

14 16

Live Text Commentary

+8:00 Full time

Full Time Match ends, Chester FC 2, Southport 2.

90:00 +7:00 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Chester FC 2, Southport 2.

90:00 +5:42

Attempt missed. Danny Hattersley (Southport) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

90:00 +5:02

Foul by Danny Hattersley (Southport).

90:00 +5:02

Danny Carlton (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

90:00 +4:32

Corner, Southport.

90:00 +4:06

Offside, Chester FC. Danny Carlton tries a through ball, but Danny Carlton is caught offside.

90:00 +1:47

Attempt missed. Karl Ledsham (Southport) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

88:02 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Chester FC 2, Southport 2. Karl Ledsham (Southport) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left to the centre of the goal. Assisted by John O'Sullivan.

84:00 Booking

Booking Karl Ledsham (Southport) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

83:37

Foul by Karl Ledsham (Southport).

83:37

Craig Mahon (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

82:56

Foul by Aristote Nsiala (Southport).

82:56

Andrew Bond (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

82:26

Foul by Michael Kay (Chester FC).

82:26

Danny Hattersley (Southport) wins a free kick.

80:17

Attempt saved. Danny Hattersley (Southport) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved. Assisted by John O'Sullivan with a cross.

78:41

Foul by Scott Brown (Southport).

78:41

Nathan Turner (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

77:40 Booking

Booking Jason Walker (Southport) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

77:22

Foul by Jason Walker (Southport).

77:22

Craig Mahon (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

76:51

Corner, Chester FC.

76:31

Attempt blocked. Michael Kay (Chester FC) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by John Rooney with a cross.

75:56

Hand ball by Scott Brown (Southport).

74:42 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Chester FC. Danny Carlton replaces Craig Hobson.

72:49

Foul by Luke George (Southport).

72:49

Craig Hobson (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

70:40

Corner, Southport.

70:31

Attempt saved. Danny Hattersley (Southport) header from the centre of the box is saved.

69:45

Foul by Lewis Turner (Chester FC).

69:45

Jason Walker (Southport) wins a free kick.

69:02

Hand ball by Scott Brown (Southport).

68:02

Penalty missed! Bad penalty by Karl Ledsham (Southport). Karl Ledsham should be disappointed.

66:46 Booking

Booking Andrew Bond (Chester FC) is shown the yellow card for dissent.

65:49

Penalty conceded by Aaron Chapman (Chester FC) after a foul in the penalty area.

65:49

Penalty Southport. Danny Hattersley draws a foul in the penalty area.

64:06

Attempt missed. Gareth Seddon (Chester FC) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right.

60:28 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Chester FC. Nathan Turner replaces Matt Brown because of an injury.

57:30

Attempt saved. Osayamen Osawe (Southport) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved. Assisted by John O'Sullivan.

57:00

Corner, Southport.

55:59 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Chester FC 2, Southport 1. Karl Ledsham (Southport) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by David Fitzpatrick with a cross.

54:05

Corner, Southport.

53:50

Attempt saved. Danny Hattersley (Southport) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved.

53:08

Attempt missed. Luke George (Southport) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by John O'Sullivan.

52:58

Corner, Southport.

52:24

Foul by Matt Brown (Chester FC).

52:24

Danny Hattersley (Southport) wins a free kick.

51:24

Foul by Aristote Nsiala (Southport).

51:24

Gareth Seddon (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

49:45

Foul by John Rooney (Chester FC).

49:45

Osayamen Osawe (Southport) wins a free kick.

48:15 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Chester FC 2, Southport 0. Craig Mahon (Chester FC) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Craig Hobson.

47:31

Offside, Chester FC. Gareth Seddon tries a through ball, but Gareth Seddon is caught offside.

46:22

Foul by Danny Hattersley (Southport).

46:22

Ricky Bridge (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

45:00

Second Half begins Chester FC 1, Southport 0.

45:00 +2:13 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Chester FC 1, Southport 0.

45:00 +1:35

Attempt missed. Karl Ledsham (Southport) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right from a direct free kick.

45:00 +1:08

Foul by Matt Brown (Chester FC).

45:00 +1:08

Jason Walker (Southport) wins a free kick.

43:44

Attempt missed. Scott Brown (Southport) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right.

42:33

Foul by John O'Sullivan (Southport).

42:33

Jason Jarrett (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

41:36

Foul by Jason Jarrett (Chester FC).

41:36

Scott Brown (Southport) wins a free kick.

40:45

Corner, Southport.

40:35

Attempt saved. Karl Ledsham (Southport) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

39:55 Booking

Booking Matt Brown (Chester FC) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

39:48

Foul by Matt Brown (Chester FC).

39:48

Jason Walker (Southport) wins a free kick.

38:20

Corner, Chester FC.

36:36

Foul by Jason Jarrett (Chester FC).

36:36

Karl Ledsham (Southport) wins a free kick.

33:08 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Chester FC 1, Southport 0. Craig Hobson (Chester FC) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Gareth Seddon.

32:36

Offside, Chester FC. Craig Hobson tries a through ball, but Craig Hobson is caught offside.

32:01

Attempt missed. David Fitzpatrick (Southport) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

31:22

Corner, Southport.

30:21

Foul by Gareth Seddon (Chester FC).

30:21

Kellen Daly (Southport) wins a free kick.

28:10

Foul by Craig Hobson (Chester FC).

28:10

Karl Ledsham (Southport) wins a free kick.

27:42 Booking

Booking Luke George (Southport) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

27:20 Booking

Booking Gareth Seddon (Chester FC) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

26:48

Foul by Gareth Seddon (Chester FC).

26:48

Luke George (Southport) wins a free kick.

26:36

Corner, Chester FC.

26:07

Corner, Chester FC.

22:59

Foul by Michael Kay (Chester FC).

22:59

Jason Walker (Southport) wins a free kick.

21:49 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Chester FC. Michael Kay replaces Paul Linwood because of an injury.

21:28

Corner, Southport.

21:13

Attempt blocked. Danny Hattersley (Southport) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

20:03

Attempt missed. Lewis Turner (Chester FC) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

19:21

Corner, Chester FC.

18:39

Foul by Aristote Nsiala (Southport).

18:39

Craig Hobson (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

17:42

Foul by Matt Brown (Chester FC).

17:42

Danny Hattersley (Southport) wins a free kick.

17:07

Foul by John O'Sullivan (Southport).

17:07

Craig Mahon (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

16:06

Jason Jarrett (Chester FC) hits the bar with a left footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by John Rooney with a cross.

15:11

Foul by Scott Brown (Southport).

15:11

Craig Mahon (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

13:17

Corner, Chester FC.

12:09

Attempt missed. Danny Hattersley (Southport) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

6:14

Corner, Southport.

5:08

Foul by Kellen Daly (Southport).

5:08

Craig Mahon (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

2:21

Foul by Kellen Daly (Southport).

2:21

John Rooney (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

1:36

Attempt missed. Karl Ledsham (Southport) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

1:11

Attempt saved. Jason Walker (Southport) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved.

0:33

Attempt missed. John Rooney (Chester FC) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Matt Brown with a cross.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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