What the boss said
Marcus Bignot said post match:
I have to say a massive well done to the players’ character. To come from 2-0 down, the way they came back and the timings of the goals and what we have experienced in the last couple of games, they really called on their mental strength to get a point. But I think anybody who watched that game today - we deserved three points. They had two chances and scored both of them. It was really encouraging from us - that’s three games on the bounce- and we deserved the three points. We controlled the ball and we played the majority of the game in the opposition’s half, and that’s what we want. Overall it was a pleasing performance but a disappointing result. We’ll use this to spur us on on Wednesday against Wrexham.
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Full time: Eastleigh 2 Chester 2
Superb fightback from the Blues.
An injured Akintunde off, Joyce on - 90+2
Astles nods home from a Dawson corner. Blues are level.
GOAL! Eastleigh 2 Chester 2
RYAN ASTLES - 86 MINS
Nyal Bell on for Ross Hannah. 83 mins
Blues cause havoc in the box and Astles flicked header is clawed away.
Dawson fires a wicked effort from 18 yards that fizzes just past the upright.
Sub for hosts
McSheffrey off, Matthews on - 77 mins.
McSheffrey shown a yellow for clipping Hall-Johnson
Change for Eastlegh
McAllister for Williamson - 74 mins
Obileye off, Strevens on 71 mins
Good spell from Chester sees a Dawson shot blocked and Akintunde fires over from 18 yards.
Ayo Obileye shown a yellow for bad tackle on Gough.
GOAL! Eastleigh 2 Chester 1
James Akintunde fires home after a James cutback is cleared. 57 minutes. Game on.
Yellow for Dawson
Cynical challenge after losing possession.
Flitney saves at close range from Hannah after he nipped past Howe and left him on his backside following break from defence.
GOAL! Eastleigh 2 Chester 0
Nightmare! McSheffrey nods past Mitchell after a cross from Mark Yeates.
1,868 here today with 138 from Chester.
Yeates curls an effort just wide from a 25-yard free kick.
Dawson blazes over from 18 yards after a cut back.
Second half kicks off
We’re back at it.
The teams are back out here.
Big 45 ahead
The Blues were disjointed for periods of that first half and the home side were enjoying plenty of joy in the wide areas, especially the left.
But the Blues have shown signs of something going forward and they really should be level having seen great chances for Hannah, Archer and James go begging.
Important 45 minutes of football coming up for the Blues.
Half time: Eastleigh 1 Chester 0
Early setback for the Blues but they remain very much in this game. Big 45 ahead.
Should have been level
Great chance for Chester as Rowe-Turner cross finds James at the far post but his effort rolls just past the post. Should have been the leveller.
Hall-Johnson sees yellow for hauling back Hollands.