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MATCH REPORT

PUBLISHED
17:00 18th March 2017

Chester 0 Eastleigh 1

A late winner from Scott Wilson ensured Eastleigh left Chester with maximum points, in a tightly contested National League encounter.

An in swinging corner from the right was met by a number of players within the box, but the second-half substitute bundled the ball into the back of the net. 

Blues were without a home win in 2017 – and went into the encounter on the back of a narrow defeat to promotion chasers Tranmere Rovers. Jon McCarthy made two changes to that side, with Evan Horwood and Wade Joyce being replaced in the starting line-up by Lucas Dawson and Theo Vassell.

Richard Hill named the same starting eleven who beat Barrow in their previous game – with the vast majority of the team being a host of new signings made after Martin Allen’s departure last month. 

A wet, greasy surface at the Lookers Vauxhall Stadium set up a rather tasty fixture between two sides in similar positions in the table. Both sides failed to make a breakthrough – which was surprising from the visitors, who looked bright in their previous two games.

The man making a return to the Spitfires seemed to be the biggest threat of the first half – Matt Tubbs testing Alex Lynch on several occasions, going closest with a left footed strike inches wide of the post.

Hill’s side could have counted his side lucky midway through the first period – after a hand ball appeal was waved away by referee Andrew Miller, with a free kick looking to strike an Eastleigh arm within the box.

It was McCarthy’s side who were quickest out of the blocks in the second half – with Dawson striking a free-kick around the wall, before Alabi had an effort ruled out for offside.

Lucas Dawson started his first game for the Blues – and made somewhat of an impact, making several noteworthy challenges and testing Graham Stack between the sticks for the Spirfires on numouros occasions. And the 22-year old went closest with a 25-yard deflected effort.

But Eastleigh grabbed the late winner - which moved them above the Blues in the table.

Chester: Lynch; Vassell, Hughes, Astles, Hudson (O’Brien 77), Hunt; Durrell, Dawson (Horwood 81), Lloyd; Alabi, Richards (Shaw 71).
Subs not used: Roberts, Joyce.

Eastleigh: Stack, Green, Close, Tubbs (Wilson 69), Togwell, Reid, Burge (Matthews 69), McAllister, Hoyte, Johnson (Obileye 81), Odoffin.
Subs not used: Constable, Clarke.

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