Eastleigh in local derby

Can Gareth Barfoot lock Farnborough out again?

LATEST: Tonight’s match was called off 5 minutes before kick off by the referee due to a waterlogged pitch

Eastleigh plays Farnborough Town on Monday night in a Hampshire derby, home at the Silverlake Stadium.

The last time these two teams met was the first game of 2011.

Eastleigh were behind within six minutes of the game but Eastleigh never gave up and had the determination to claim all three points with goals by Tommy Jordan on the 15th minute and Tony Taggart on the 77th.

Gareth Barfoot had another fantastic game in goal saving an almost unstoppable shot to secure Eastleigh all three points on that occasion.

The Yellows are a newly promoted team in the Blue Square Bet South having won by five points with 95 points in Southern Premier League last season.

Farnborough FC was originally called Farnborough Town FC when they was in Eastleigh’s league until 2007 when they reformed in the 2007/2008 season two leagues below the Blue Square South Bet League.

This game is a rescheduled Blue Square Bet South match from 26/12/10 when the game got called off at the Silverlake Stadium due to a frozen pitch.

Farnborough have won five of their six games and have lost only one game against Boreham Wood.

The Yellows are in play-off form in contrast to the Spitfires who have lost three, drawn one and won two of their previous six games.

The Yellows last game was on Saturday against Dorchester Town where they won 2-0 at home however Eastleigh’s away game on Saturday against Maidenhead United got postponed due to a waterlogged pitch so The Spitfires will have fresher legs as they have not played since last Monday.

This will be The Spitfires fourth home game in a row and they still have two to play at home after this match.

Many football clubs would consider being at home as an advantage but The Spitfires last two crucial home games against league leaders Braintree Town and Dover Athletic have both been a disappointment after 0-2 losses.

Eastleigh have failed to score only two times out of their last 20 games and have kept four clean sheets (but only one clean sheet at home) in their last 20 games.

Farnborough on the other hand have failed to score three times and have kept eight clean sheets -four of them being away.

Both teams have conceded only 33 goals this season but Eastleigh have played less games so it could be a very close game.

Can Eastleigh’s new signings Ian Herring and Mark Nwokeji make an impact and get The Spitfires back on track for a play-off spot?

We hope so!


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