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17:00 26th November 2016

Eastleigh 0 Chester FC 3

Chester FC secured an emphatic victory over a strong Eastleigh side at the Silverlake Stadium. The hosts started brightly but it was Kane Richards who opened the scoring for the Blues that they took until the break, in the second half Elliott Durrell turned home Tom Shaw's saved penalty before Jordan Chapell secured the victory in the dying stages.

Jon McCarthy opted to stick with the same side that drew with Southport earlier in the week for the long journey to Eastleigh, while the hosts brought in club record signing, Bondz N'Gala.

Eastleigh started the game brightly and almost took the lead in the opening minutes as Scott Wilson saw an effort cleared away in the penalty area by Tom Shaw after bouncing around several times.

Wilson again caused problems as the game went on, beating Sam Hughes, as Eastleigh countered before picking out Luke Coulson, who fired just wide.

It was the Blues who struck first though, taking the lead after twenty minutes against the run of play. Striker, James Alabi did well to hold the ball up before playing in marauding full-back Johnny Hunt, whose cross was converted by Kane Richards from close range.

Eastleigh pressed for an equaliser and had chances through Mandron, Wilson and Drury but the Blues soaked up pressure.

The Blues almost doubled their advantage just before half time, Durrell's free kick bounced around the Eastleigh area with Richards seeing an effort blocked before Alabi's shot was cleared off the line by a Spitfires defender, ensuring that the Blues advantage was just a single goal at the break.

The hosts began the second half brightly, forcing multiple corners, while the Blues tried to hit them on the counter attack. Scott Wilson spurned a good chance as Coulson found him eight yards out, only for Blues' 'keeper, Alex Lynch, to deny the Eastleigh attacker.

Chester looked dangerous on the counter attack and Eastleigh had Scott Brown to thank for it remaining just one goal between the two sides as he made a good save and ensured Ryan Lloyd couldn't pounce on a rebound after some good work from Craig Mahon.

The Blues would get a golden opportunity to double their lead with twenty minutes remaining. Ryan Lloyd played through Kane Richards and he was brought down by Partington, with the referee awarding a penalty.

Captain Tom Shaw stepped up but Scott Brown guessed correctly and made a good save, Chester capitalised on the rebound and after the initial effort was blocked Elliott Durrell fired the ball home in a crowded penalty area to double their advantage.

Eastleigh continued to search for a way back into the game and almost got it through record signing Bondz N'Gala's header from a corner, but Alex Lynch made a fabulous save, forcing another corner.

Forty-one year old striker Jamie Cureton tried to get one back for the hosts as he beat Sam Hughes before firing well wide, at the opposite end Durrell did really well to beat N'Gala but his shot went wide of Brown's goal.

There was still time for another goal and it again came from the terrific Blues, Jordan Chapell got in behind the Eastleigh defence and coolly finished past Scott Brown in the Spitfires goal to complete the scoring.

Chester: Lynch, Hughes, Hudson, Astles, Hunt, Durrell, Shaw, Lloyd, Mahon, Alabi, Richards (Chapell 72)
Subs Not Used: Waters, Evans, Marsh, Joyce

Eastleigh: Brown, Partington, Green, N’Gala, Drury, Stearn (Santos 68), Coulson, Wilson (Cureton 57), Mandron, Johnson, Taylor
Subs Not Used: Essam, Constable, Reason

Goal Scorers: Eastleigh: . Chester: Richards (18), Durrell (70), Chapell (90).
Bookings: Eastleigh: Johnson, Partington, Brown.
Attendance: 1,932 (119 Chester)

Match Report by Chris Graham.


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