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Chester 0-1 Eastleigh

Sub Dan Walker scored with his first touch to boost Eastleigh's Conference play-off hopes with a win at Chester.

Walker struck from 10 yards on 65 minutes to lift the Spitfires to within four points off the top five.

Both sides had chances before then, with Craig Hobson's header for Chester saved and James Constable missing a sitter for the visitors.

The hosts pressed hard but Craig Mahon's effort was blocked and John Rooney's free-kick was saved.

Having won their previous four games, Chester could have leapfrogged Eastleigh and risen to sixth in the Conference table if they had won.

But, instead, their fifth defeat in seven home matches in all competitions leaves them five points behind Eastleigh, and nine adrift of the play-offs.

Chester boss Steve Burr told BBC Radio Merseyside:

"We didn't really do enough to warrant winning. Things didn't drop for us as they have been in recent weeks, but equally we didn't deserve to lose either.

"We'd have been happy with a draw, given the way we played.

"It was just so disappointing to lose to a goal like that and they've got the experienced lads who know how to see a job out.

"Our target was to get the three points and go above them. But we've been on a great run and it shows how far we've come that we're so disappointed."

Line-ups

Chester

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Worsnop
  • 23Higgins
  • 22Heneghan
  • 6Charnock
  • 3Roberts
  • 7Mahon
  • 10RooneySubstituted forRichardsat 71'minutes
  • 18Abbott
  • 27Hughes
  • 16McConvilleSubstituted forJamesat 71'minutes
  • 19HobsonSubstituted forThomsonat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Thomson
  • 5Brown
  • 8James
  • 13Viscosi
  • 15Richards

Eastleigh

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Flitney
  • 2Spence
  • 5Beckwith
  • 26PartingtonBooked at 60mins
  • 3Green
  • 14Strevens
  • 8Stanley
  • 27PellSubstituted forWalkerat 63'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 10Reason
  • 9ConstableSubstituted forBurtonat 74'minutes
  • 12MidsonSubstituted forHowardat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 11McAllister
  • 16Evans
  • 19Howard
  • 28Walker
  • 29Burton
Referee:
Richard Martin
Attendance:
2,294

Match Stats

Home TeamChesterAway TeamEastleigh
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home11
Away6
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home0
Away0
Fouls
Home8
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Chester FC 0, Eastleigh 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Chester FC 0, Eastleigh 1.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Matty Hughes (Chester FC).

  4. Post update

    Ross Flitney (Eastleigh) wins a free kick.

  5. Post update

    Attempt saved. Dan Walker (Eastleigh) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Chester FC.

  7. Booking

    Dan Walker (Eastleigh) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Dan Walker (Eastleigh).

  9. Post update

    Craig Mahon (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Chester FC.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Deon Burton (Eastleigh).

  12. Post update

    Brad Abbott (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

  13. Post update

    Attempt saved. Kingsley James (Chester FC) header from a difficult angle on the right is saved. Assisted by Brad Abbott.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Chester FC.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Kingsley James (Chester FC).

  16. Post update

    Brian Howard (Eastleigh) wins a free kick.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Eastleigh. Brian Howard replaces Jack Midson.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Chester FC. George Thomson replaces Craig Hobson because of an injury.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Eastleigh. Deon Burton replaces James Constable.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Eastleigh.

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