Despite the huge gulf in budgets, Chester FC pulled of a superb 3-0 success at big-spending Eastleigh on Saturday.
Goals from Kane Richards, Elliott Durrell and substitute Jordan Chapell earned the Blues the spoils at the Silverlake Stadium, much to the chagrin of Spitfires boss Ronnie Moore , who was hardly complimentary to the visitors in his post-match interview.
There were strong performances across the park for the Blues in Hampshire. Here's how they rated.
Alex Lynch – 8/10
After his heroics against Southport, this was another impressive display. Made some key saves, talked well and his distribution was good.
Johnny Hunt – 7/10
Solid as ever and vocal throughout. Kept Luke Coulson quiet and it was his excellent cross that set up the opener.
Blaine Hudson – 8/10
His best game in a Chester shirt. Won his headers and got his body in the way of everything Eastleigh had to offer.
Ryan Astles – 7/10
Strong and powerful presence at the back that limited the impact of 15-goal Mickael Mandron. A good performance.
Sam Hughes – 7/10
Another mature display from the teenager. Was up against a tricky customer in Ross Stearn but stuck to his task well.
Tom Shaw – 7/10
Always busy and looking to rally the troops. Missed his penalty but the only black mark on an otherwise good performance. A superb goal-line clearance in the first half was pivotal.
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Ryan Lloyd – 7/10
Full of energy and endeavour, Lloyd's high-tempo approach ensured he and Shaw won the midfield battle.
Craig Mahon – 7/10
Worked hard at both ends of the pitch and was always on hand to stretch the Eastleigh defence as Chester looked to counter.
Elliott Durrell – 8/10
A welcome return to form. Fizzed with energy and industry and was a constant thorn in the side of the Spitfires. If he can repeat this kind of performance more often he can play a big role.
James Alabi – 7/10
Held his own against the talented pairing of Reda Johnson and Bondz N'Gala and had a hand in the build up for two of the goals. Another promising display.
Kane Richards – 7/10
Another goal for Richards will come as a huge boost. He terrified the Eastleigh defence every time he came at them.
Jordan Chapell (on for Richards – 72 minutes)
Stretched Eastleigh from the moment he came on as Chester countered well. Excellent composure to bag the third.
Referee: Craig Hicks – 7/10
One of the better refereeing displays of the season. Wasn't card happy and let the game flow. Right decision to award the penalty although there could have been some call for a straight red.
Entertainment value – 7/10
A game full of chances where both sides were going full tilt for the three points. The perfect away performance.