After three fine away wins on the trot helped push Eastleigh back in contention for the playoffs, the Spitfires suffered a disappointing home defeat to St. Albans.
Drew Roberts scored the only goal of the game in the 12th minute in an otherwise poor game of football in which the match officials marred by failing to allow the game to flow.
Ian Baird’s side picked up three more injuries to make matters worse; losing key players in the form of commanding centre back and captain Tom Jordan who was stretchered off in the first half, followed by the equally crushing blow of both Andy Forbes and Anthony Riviere having to be withdrawn prematurely later in the game.
Despite the loss, Eastleigh remain in fifth place, at least for the time being having played two or three more games than the teams below them in sixth, seventh and eighth.
With two more games at the Silverlake Stadium to follow consecutively, Eastleigh will be hoping to transform their away form into the coming games on their own turf.