Match ends, Chester FC 3, Eastleigh 1.
Chester 3-1 Eastleigh
Ross Hannah struck twice as relegation-battling Chester beat Eastleigh to claim a much-needed win.
The second-bottom Blues had picked up just two points from their previous five games but took the lead against their mid-table opponents when Hannah broke clear to slot past Graham Stack.
The lead lasted barely a minute, however, as the Spitfires drew level through Mark Yeates, who fired home at the second attempt.
Yeates was denied a second goal by a good save from Sam Hornby, and Chester made the most of that escape by reclaiming the lead through Hannah's close-range finish.
The experienced striker came within inches of grabbing his hat-trick at the start of the second half but saw his effort crash back off the underside of the crossbar.
With Eastleigh pushing for an equaliser, Chester wrapped up the victory in stoppage time when James Akintunde tapped home following good work by Dominic Vose.
Match report supplied by the Press Association.
- 15HobsonBooked at 73mins
- 22CrawfordSubstituted forDawsonat 89'minutes
- 7MahonSubstituted forAkintundeat 71'minutes
- 15VoseSubstituted forWatersat 90'minutes
- 10HannahBooked at 80mins
- 2HoyteBooked at 86mins
- 4TogwellBooked at 45mins
- 6CresswellBooked at 11mins
- 12BroomSubstituted forMatthewsat 57'minutes
- 19HollandsSubstituted forConstableat 76'minutesBooked at 89mins
- 25WilliamsonSubstituted forMcCallumat 70'minutes
- Andrew Miller
Second Half ends, Chester FC 3, Eastleigh 1.
Substitution, Chester FC. Matty Waters replaces Dominic Vose.
Goal! Chester FC 3, Eastleigh 1. James Akintunde (Chester FC).
Substitution, Chester FC. Lucas Dawson replaces Tom Crawford.
James Constable (Eastleigh) is shown the yellow card.
Gavin Hoyte (Eastleigh) is shown the yellow card.
Ross Hannah (Chester FC) is shown the yellow card.
Substitution, Eastleigh. James Constable replaces Danny Hollands.
Shaun Hobson (Chester FC) is shown the yellow card.
Substitution, Chester FC. James Akintunde replaces Craig Mahon.
Substitution, Eastleigh. Paul McCallum replaces Ben Williamson.
Substitution, Eastleigh. Sam Matthews replaces Ryan Broom.
Second Half begins Chester FC 2, Eastleigh 1.
First Half ends, Chester FC 2, Eastleigh 1.
Sam Togwell (Eastleigh) is shown the yellow card.
Goal! Chester FC 2, Eastleigh 1. Ross Hannah (Chester FC).
Goal! Chester FC 1, Eastleigh 1. Mark Yeates (Eastleigh).
Goal! Chester FC 1, Eastleigh 0. Ross Hannah (Chester FC).
Ryan Cresswell (Eastleigh) is shown the yellow card.
First Half begins.
Lineups are announced and players are warming up.