Can Eastleigh achieve Maidenhead breakthrough?


Eastleigh need one final Graeme Horobin

Ian Baird’s Spitfires play relegation threatened 20th placed Maidenhead United on Tuesday at York Road.

The 4500 capacity stadium is 230 years old and is acknowledged by The FA and Fifa as being the oldest continuously-used senior association football ground in the world.

The Spitfires last game saw them triumph to a 3-1 win to Thurrock at The Silverlake Stadium.

Chris Holland opened the scoring for The Spitfires when he drilled a shot into the top left corner of the net. Captain Tommy Jordan pounced on a loose ball from a Tony Taggart cross where he nutmegged goalkeeper Joe Woolley to put Eastleigh 2-0 up.

Lee Boylan got one back for the visitors but Chris Bush got a red card from a second yellow and Tony Taggart made sure Eastleigh claimed all three points with a half volley into the back of Thurrock’s net.

That result puts Eastleigh in 7th place and two points away from that all important play-off spot.

The Magpies played at home on Saturday and they had a goalless draw against 15th placed Hampton and Richmond Borough.

Maidenhead United have managed to pick up five points from their last six games having had two draws, one win and three losses.

The Spitfires have picked up nine points out of their last six games having had three losses and three wins. The Magpies have had two clean sheets (one of them being at home on Saturday) and have failed to score nine times (six of them being at home) out of their last twenty games.

Eastleigh have kept six clean sheets (four of them being away) and have failed to score four times (one of them being away) out of their last twenty games.

The Last time these two met was at the Silverlake Stadium, a crowd of 354 saw Eastleigh beat Maidenhead 3-0.

Reading striker Brett Williams scored two and Richard Gillespie scored the last to put the three points in Eastleigh’s way.

The last time these two met at York Road was last season, The Spitfires captain Tommy Jordan scored in the 4th minute, Andy Forbes scored in the 9th minute and Richard Gillespie sealed the three points in the first half as Eastleigh won 0-3.

The Spitfires are a massive 36 points ahead of The Magpies who have only won two games at home this season.

They have had five draws and eleven teams have managed to beat Maidenhead United at York Road this season.

Former Spitfire Will Hendry plays for The Magpies now, The former Millwall midfielder was told by Ian Baird that he wouldn’t be playing for Eastleigh again as he is not a team player. This was after Will Hendry refusing to take part in any post match running session after a 3-0 win against Dartford and having said to Matt Gray that he hadn’t come there to do running and not to play after being subbed on in the 87th minute.

This is The Spitfires game in hand so if they win, they will occupy a play-off spot so roar on the Spitfires at York Road.