Richard Hill’s Spitfires earned a 2-1 victory at home to Bromley today on Easter Monday at The Silverlake Stadium in front of 1,830 spectators including 83 Bromley fans. The new executive box was open for fans to watch from a more comfortable view, the structure has been in development for the past few months now and includes a new club shop. Former Spitfire fan favourite Ross Flitney started in goal for Bromley as he received a warm welcome at The Silverlake Stadium. Eastleigh started the game attacking but it was Bromley’s Blair Turgott that had the first real chance but he fired well wide. Eastleigh’ Michael Green was starting to look dangerous and the left back swung in a number of balls in the box but it came to nothing. Bromley won the first corner however with Lee Minshull heading just wide for the visitors. It was just eight minutes before Eastleigh took the lead however, after a number of chances, a bizarre defensive error from Bromley lead to Scott Wilson poking the ball into the net. Moments later Sam Matthews, on loan from Bournemouth, won a free kick on the edge of the area for Eastleigh. Matthews took a shot himself but his curling effort just couldn’t quite find the target. Another dangerous low ball from Green found Craig McAllister however his sliced shot proved no worries for Flitney in goal. It was all Eastleigh as McAllister won a corner after 15 minutes which was swung in my Matthews and found Strevens only for it to go out for another corner but it came to nothing. A lot of the game was played in midfield for the next 10 minutes with it being very even possession wise. The Spitfires’ keeper Graham Stack dropped the ball while making a save after 30 minutes but the keeper redeemed himself to keep the one goal lead. Bromley won a free kick on the right hand side which Turgott swung in but it came to nothing with little over five minutes left of the first half. The visitors did win a corner however it was taken short which resulted in Shane McLoughlin having a shot on goal but it proved to no problems for Stack. The half finished 1-0 to the Spitfires as Hill’s men looked comfortable.
Bromley came out in the second half fighting as they searched for an equaliser and Tobi Sho-Silver won a corner early on. Daniel Johnson got a head on it but unfortunately for the visitors there was too much pressure from the Eastleigh defence. Turgott was really piling on the pressure on the left wing as he won a corner but it resulted in Sho-Silver heading wide. Green started to look dangerous once again for The Spitfires however his balls into the box kept getting blocked. Bromley’s Sho-Silva won a free kick on the hour mark that was laid off to Connor Dymond but his low drilled shot was blocked by the Eastleigh wall. Another free kick moments later in a similar position was awarded for the visitors, this time Turgott tried his luck but his curling effort was too high. The Spitfires then won a free kick on the right hand side of the box. Matthews forced a save out of Flitney and then made a great save on the rebound. Wilson got replaced by James Constable halfway through the second half as Hill looked to double their lead. McLoughlin forced a great save out of Stack with 20 minutes to go with once again Turgott the provider. Stack then came out of his area with 15 minutes to go that nearly resulted in a equaliser for Bromley but with two Eastleigh defenders guarding the goal, Stack got let off for his error. The Spitfires however got their second with little over five minutes to go, Matthews got on the score sheet after a low ball missed McAllister, the midfielder then followed up on the loose ball and slotted it away perfectly. That two goal lead didn’t last very long however as Bromley got their goal just one minute later. Jordan Higgs scored an absolute screamer from over 30 yards in to the top right corner that gave Stack no chance. Bromley then won a corner late on but it was headed wide by Minshull. Another corner minutes later proved a scary few minutes for Eastleigh but it was headed away. The fourth official gave five minutes added which seemed odd considering there wasn’t too many stoppages. Late on man of the match Matthews then got replaced by defender Ayo Obileye to tighten things up at the back. Despite a few scares including a late free kick from Bromley, The Spitfires held out for all three points, something they deserved for their efforts.