The Fleet sink Spitfires

Jamie Slabber

Ian Baird’s Spitfires lost against Thurrock on Saturday at Ship Lane in what was the Spitfires first defeat since their 1-4 drubbing by Staines in November.

The loss came as a shock for Spitfire fans as Eastleigh were in such fantastic form prior to the game and had won six league games on the trot.

Jamie Slabber opened for the scoring for the Spitfires on the 11th minute. The former Spurs striker, and Eastleigh’s top goal scorer, struck the ball in the box after Joe Wooley made a good save from a Chris Holland header.

On the 33rd minute Kenny Clark scored for the home side from a set piece to equalize.

The Spitfires had many chance to take the lead again only for Joe Wooley to match the chances with great saves.

In the second half Eastleigh had most of the possession and had a penalty shout for hand ball which the referee waved on. Five minutes later Chris Holland put his hand up to block the ball in his own box – but this time the referee gave a penalty. Jamie Richards converted in the bottom left hand corner to the Fleet.

Eastleigh had a number of chances to equalize; Richard Gillespie came on with Justin Bennett who both had chances to score a leveller but both had those chances saved by Joe Wooley.

Tommy Jordan went up front from centre back for the last five minutes but he never really helped Eastleigh get their equalizer and the game finished 2-1 to the home side Thurrock.

The Spitfires will look to bounce back when they play Chasetown in the FA Trophy on Saturday (5/2/11) to get in the quarter final.

Photo: Eastleigh FC