CHESTERFIELD beat 10-man Eastleigh 3-1 to continued their seemingly unstoppable march towards promotion back into the Football League on Saturday.

The Spireites extended their lead at the top of the Vanarama National League to 19 points after claiming a sixth successive victory.

James Berry opened the scoring in the 38th minute after combining with Will Grigg before Eastleigh suffered a major setback when Paul McCallum – the division’s leading scorer – was sent off on the stroke of half-time.

Late goals from Liam Mandeville and Grigg then secured a 25th league win of the campaign for the runaway leaders.

Armando Dobra set up Mandeville to make it 2-0 in the 84th minute before Grigg struck two minutes later.

Eastleigh grabbed a consolation goal deep into added time through Chris Maguire’s penalty but the points were long since gone.

After the game, Eastleigh boss Richard Hill told the club's media team: "I thought we started off a bit nervy, but by the end of the first half we had the two best chances.

"On another day we would have scored them. We didn't and the game changed after the sending off.

"Chesterfield are a good team. We have seen the National League champions today. They moved us all over the pitch.

"We got to 80 minutes and I had to decide if I should keep us tight and claim a potential 1-0 loss, or do we have a go and put two men upfront.

"We put two men upfront and they picked us off twice. I'll take the blame."