Eastleigh came from behind to defeat struggling Chesterfield and move themselves safely into midtable in the National League.

Chesterfield looked like they might pull off a rare home victory as they took the lead on 14 minutes when Gevaro Nepomuceno’s cross found the head of Tom Denton who converted the chance at the far post.

But Eastleigh fought back and scored just before half time as Tyrone Barnett flicked in Mike Green’s long throw.

Saints loanee Marcus Barnes bagged what proved to be the winner ten minutes into the second half with a quick turn and a drilled low shot.

Spitfires boss Ben Strevens said: “It was not great to keep going behind and giving ourselves a fair bit to do but credit to the boys.

“I thought first 25 minutes we weren’t anywhere near where I thought we could be.

“After that we seemed to get a foothold in the game and create a few chances before the goal we got.

“Obviously it was a key goal before half time to calm it down.

“I don’t like shouting or hollering so I was very calm with them at half time and said we need to relax on the ball and pass the ball better and I felt we did that second half.

“Late in the game it gets tough as they brought so many big boys on and started going direct but I thought for the most part we controlled the second half.”