CHESTER FC saw their five-game unbeaten run come to an end on Saturday after Eastleigh left the Swansway with all three points.
The visitors broke the deadlock on the 65th minute after substitute Dan Walker was picked out by Jai Reason to slot home the ball past Jon Worsnop.
In spite of the defeat, it was the Blues who were the brighter of the two sides in the opening exchanges of the match. Sean McConville had the first attempt of the game after he picked up the ball on the edge of the area. The attacker struck the ball goalwards, but it proved to be an easy save for Eastleigh goalkeeper Ross Flitney.
Eastleigh immediately responded and created a good move which led to the visitors almost taking the lead. Harry Pell received the ball 16-yards out and shot on sight, which resulted in the ball going high over Jon Worsnop’s crossbar.
As the first half played out, both sides continued to test each other out, with both sets of defences put under pressure.
It was on the 30th minute mark where Chester had a golden chance to take the lead after Craig Hobson rose well from a cross to send a header goal bound, but Flitney saved well to keep the score level.
Moments later The Spitfires went down the other end and missed a glorious chance to go 1-0 up. James Constable was picked out in the Blues’ box following a quick breakaway attack. The striker attempted to place the ball in the bottom corner, before guiding it wide of the gaping net.
The game continued in an end-to-end fashion which saw Chester come close with another chance. McConville played in a dangerous cross into the Eastleigh area which found Ben Heneghan. The defender, however, failed to connect fully with the ball and sent his header over from six-yards.
As the second half got under way, the game took a while to get back into its stride. It was Chester who came inches from taking the lead after Hughes played a good ball across the goal line, requiring just a touch from Hobson. The striker failed to connect with the cross and the chance went begging for the Blues.
Despite going behind, Chester continued to push for an equaliser and won a free-kick on the edge of the opponent’s area. John Rooney stepped up and guided a well struck shot goal wards, but Flitney got down well to collect the ball.
The game ended in an eventful fashion which saw Walker plough into Mahon with a heavy challenge. The Chester attacker got to his feet, as the Eastleigh goalscorer received a yellow card for his actions.
With the Blues pushing forward in a 4-2-4 formation, it was the visitors who came closest to add to their tally after Brad Abbott lost the ball in the Blues’ half which was picked up by Walker. The striker ran though on goal to shoot, but Worsnop got down well to leave the score at 0-1.
Chester FC: Worsnop, Higgins, Heneghan, Charnock ©, Roberts, Rooney (Richards 71’), Abbott, Mahon, McConville (James 71’), Hughes, Hobson (Thomson 77’).
Subs: Viscosi, Brown.
Eastleigh: Flitney, Spence, Green, Beckwith ©, Stanley, Constable (Burton 72’), Reason, Midson (Howard 82’), Strevens, Partington, Pell (Walker 63’).
Subs: McAllister, Evans.
Booked: Partington, Walker
Referee: Richard Martin
Assistants: Martin Woods and Natalie Aspinall
Fourth Official: Richard Woodward
Attendance: 2,294 (62 Eastleigh)
By Steven Peach