Statement from Eastleigh following postponement of home fixture against Chester:
"Following a pitch inspection from match officials, our game against Chester has been postponed.
"It is with regret this decision has been made so close to kick-off. However, every care had been taken in advance of the game to prevent this from happening.
"A match official was called in on Friday afternoon to view the pitch and, following this inspection, it was deemed safe to play. This information was relayed to today’s referee Mr Savvas Yianni on Friday afternoon.
"Upon arriving at the ground today, the match officials have taken the view that player safety was at risk and decided to postpone the game.
"Ground staff had covered the small affected area overnight to protect the surface from any rainfall which was forecast.
"However, the problem with this area of the pitch is not a surface water issue but a sub-soil drainage problem. Additional drainage has been installed in the a…
Andy Hessenthaler has replaced Richard Hill as Eastleigh manager, with Hill moving to a full-time director of football role.
Chief executive Mark Jewell commented: "Now seems to be a logical time to make the change. Richard brought ‘Hessy’ to the club at the start of the season.
"He has a great track record, is well liked and has fitted in extremely well. It goes without saying that we have every confidence in him.
"This will allow ‘Hilly’ to move full time into his role as director of football. There is a lot to do, both on and off the pitch, and I very much look forward to working with them both, in their new roles."
Richard Hill: “I’ve been trying to do two roles, but I was manager and I’ll take the blame for what’s happened on the pitch. Although perhaps the biggest thing I should be blamed for is leaving the club in the first place.
“But what happened in the two years after I left was not my fault and you can’t blame Stewart Donald either because all he’s ever …