Ian Baird’s Spitfires have won again in the Blue Square Bet South league to make it three in a row.
This win was even sweeter as manager Ian Baird, assistant manager Matt Gray and four of the current Spitfires are all ex Havant and Waterlooville – and all contributed to Eastleigh’s win.
Ian Baird named an unchanged 4-5-1 starting line up from their recent 1-2 successful win against Hampshire rivals Farnborough.
Brett Williams scored for Eastleigh on the 28th minute; the striker dribbled the ball past Hawks goalkeeper Aaron Howe to finish a well worked goal.
The lead only lasted 12 minutes when Leon Cashman scored from a Mustafa Tiryaki freekick.
Tiryaki then scored one of his own when he flicked the ball up in the air followed by a volley into the Spitfires net.
The first 15 minutes of the second half wasn’t anything to remember, but Ian Baird made a tactical change on the 60th minute that converted the team into a 4-4-2, this allowed ex Hawk Jamie Slabber to get up front with Brett Williams.
Former Hawk Tommy Jordan soon changed the atmosphere after his powering header from a Richard Graham free kick flew into the net.
Eastleigh then pushed on for the lead by swapping (yet another) ex Hawk – Luke Byles -who suffered a ripped hamstring, for attacking winger Shaun McAuley who put some spark in the game.
The Eastleigh pressure continued and on the 90th minute Brett Williams secured the Spitfires a memorable win after a fantastic header on goal.
Jamie Slabber had just enough time to score a penalty against his former club after a foul on Brett Williams in the box.
This leaves the Spitfires in eighth place and still only three points away from that all important play-off spot and eight points away from the lead.
Full Time Eastleigh 4:2 Havant and Waterlooville.
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