Richard Hill’s Spitfires look to get back to winning ways after a fourth straight league defeat away to Salisbury City on New Years Day that has put Eastleigh just one point away from the relegation zone.
The Spitfires were unlucky to not get anything out of rivals Salisbury as they was on the wrong end of a eight goal thriller.
Manager Hill handed débuts to on loan defender Alex Grant and new striker Richard Pacquette who both impressed the travelling fans.
The Whites got of to a flying start against Eastleigh when former Spitfire Jamie White got on the end of a poorly defended cross by Elliot Frear after just five minutes played.
Frear was involved in Salisbury’s second goal as well, his corner was poorly cleared away for Theo Lewis to hit a sweet volley in the back of the net past keeper Ross Flitney.
Up until the 34th minute, Salisbury were dominating the match however Eastleigh started to make a game of it against the league leaders.
Damian Scannell picked up on a long ball and put in a dangerous cross that found Salisbury’s defender Darren Clarke who headed the ball into his own net to half the deficit for The Spitfires.
As Eastleigh searched for an equaliser, Jamie White extended the lead for Salisbury once again when the leagues top goalscorer met another Frear cross and finished coolly past Flitney.
However in a incredible spell of play, The Spitfires managed to go 3-3 at half time.
Tom Jordan flicked on a free kick for debutant Richard Pacquette to get one back for Eastleigh with a well take half volley.
Just moments later a poor defensive clearance found Eastleigh’s top goalscorer Jai Reason who fired in a left footed rocket to send the travelling fans in raptures.
In a match which had a lot of entertainment, it took a further 23 minutes in the second half before the game saw another goal.
Exeter City loanee Frear was in with the action again, the winger quickly took the free kick won by Jamie White and found Daniel Fitchett who placed a low shot in the back of the net.
With just ten minutes to go, Eastleigh were looking for an equaliser when Will Puddy collected an attempt on goal and found Charles Ademeno with a long throw.
The former Southend United striker ran down the left wing seeing off a number of Eastleigh defenders with pace and slotting home for the hosts to secure all three points.
Eastleigh now play 20th place Bromley away at The Courage Stadium (3pm kick off) in the Blue Square Bet South.
Mark Goldbergs’s Lillywhites last played away to Sutton United, goals from former Spitfire Marvin Williams and Harry Beautyman was enough to deny Bromley back to back wins in the league.
This will be the first time these two teams have met this season however last season, The Spitfires managed a point away to Bromley in a disappointing 0-0 draw.
Tomorrow’s game will be a great game to watch so come on down to The Courage Stadium and roar on those Spitfires to all three points.
COME ON YOU SPITFIRES!!!
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