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Eastleigh P-P Chester

Eastleigh's National League match against Chester was postponed after the wet pitch was deemed by match officials as "unfit for play".

The Spitfires announced that the game at the Silverlake Stadium had been called just before 12:45 BST.

A club statement said: "It is with regret this decision has been made so close to kick-off. Every care had been taken in advance of the game to prevent this from happening.

"A match official was called in on Friday afternoon to view the pitch and, following this inspection, it was deemed safe to play. This information was relayed to today's referee Savvas Yianni on Friday afternoon.

"Upon arriving at the ground today, the match officials have taken the view that player safety was at risk and decided to postpone the game.

"Ground staff had covered the small affected area over night to protect the surface from any rainfall which was forecast. However, the problem with this area of the pitch is not a surface water issue but a sub-soil drainage problem. Additional drainage has been installed in the affected area over the past week.

"This issue is being addressed immediately and emergency work will commence Monday."

The club said fans who had bought tickets would be entitled to a full refund.

Line-ups

Eastleigh

  • 13Flitney
  • 2Hoyte
  • 27HoweBooked at 27mins
  • 10Yeates
  • 15ObileyeBooked at 65minsSubstituted forStrevensat 72'minutes
  • 19Hollands
  • 22Boyce
  • 24Miley
  • 28McSheffreyBooked at 79minsSubstituted forMatthewsat 79'minutes
  • 8Constable
  • 25WilliamsonSubstituted forMcAllisterat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 11Zebroski
  • 14Strevens
  • 18McAllister
  • 26Matthews
  • 29Dennett

Chester

  • 13Mitchell
  • 2Halls
  • 31Gough
  • 4James
  • 3Rowe-Turner
  • 17DawsonBooked at 59mins
  • 6Astles
  • 20AkintundeSubstituted forJoyceat 90'minutes
  • 30Archer
  • 10HannahSubstituted forBellat 86'minutes
  • 29Hall-JohnsonBooked at 44mins

Substitutes

  • 9White
  • 12Davies
  • 14Joyce
  • 15Bell
  • 32Vaughan
Referee:
Savvas Yianni
Attendance:
1,868

Live Text

Match ends, Eastleigh 2, Chester FC 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Eastleigh 2, Chester FC 2.

Substitution

Substitution, Chester FC. Wade Joyce replaces James Akintunde.

Goal!

Goal! Eastleigh 2, Chester FC 2. Ryan Astles (Chester FC).

Substitution

Substitution, Chester FC. Nyal Bell replaces Ross Hannah.

Substitution

Substitution, Eastleigh. Sam Matthews replaces Gary McSheffrey.

Booking

Gary McSheffrey (Eastleigh) is shown the yellow card.

Substitution

Substitution, Eastleigh. Craig McAllister replaces Ben Williamson.

Substitution

Substitution, Eastleigh. Ben Strevens replaces Ayo Obileye.

Booking

Ayo Obileye (Eastleigh) is shown the yellow card.

Goal!

Goal! Eastleigh 2, Chester FC 1. James Akintunde (Chester FC).

Booking

Lucas Dawson (Chester FC) is shown the yellow card.

Goal!

Goal! Eastleigh 2, Chester FC 0. Gary McSheffrey (Eastleigh).

Second Half

Second Half begins Eastleigh 1, Chester FC 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Eastleigh 1, Chester FC 0.

Booking

Reece Hall-Johnson (Chester FC) is shown the yellow card.

Goal!

Goal! Eastleigh 1, Chester FC 0. Ben Williamson (Eastleigh).

Kick Off

First Half begins.

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

goal

As It Stood

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2Dag & Red136522617923
3Sutton United137241716123
4Macclesfield137241414023
5Maidstone United136431915422
6Wrexham13643117422
7Woking137152019122
8Aldershot136342013721
9Maidenhead United136342014621
10Halifax136341513221
11Boreham Wood135352117418
12Ebbsfleet133911815318
13Bromley135351816218
14Gateshead134541613317
15Leyton Orient135261822-417
16Eastleigh123721311216
17Tranmere1344599016
18Hartlepool134451214-216
19Fylde133642123-215
20Barrow132651415-112
21Chester122551219-711
22Guiseley13166823-159
23Solihull Moors132291222-108
24Torquay130491126-154
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