Spitfires start with derby

The Spitfires will face Hampshire rivals Basingstoke Town in their first game of the Blue Square Bet South campaign on Saturday at The Silverlake Stadium.

Eastleigh Football Club have announced this season’s squad (which can be seen at the bottom of the page) however Ian Baird is also closing in on Gary Pryde and ex Southampton player Jordace Holder-Spooner for the derby clash.

Eastleigh have had a successful pre season consisting of five wins, two losses and two draws including a 4-1 victory over Saints XI and a 3-2 victory of Reading XI.

Basingstoke have had not as many pre season games as the Spitfires however they have won three of their games, drawn one and have lost two including a 2-2 draw with Reading XI.

Leading up to this game Basingstoke have signed former Spitfire Shaun McAuley,The winger will be returning to the Silverlake Stadium after spending two seasons with the club.

The last time these two teams met at the Silverlake Stadium was October last year when Basingstoke won 0-1 with Captain Ross Adams scoring the only goal of the game.

However The Spitfires took revenge with a 2-1 win at The Camrose when Jamie Slabber opened the scoring with a tight angled shot and Anthony Riviere (now with Sutton United) doubled the scoreline for Eastleigh.

Matt Warner did get one back for the home side but The Spitfires still sealed all three points.

Come and support the Spitfires at the Silverlake Stadium on their opening game of the season.

COME ON YOU SPITFIRES!!!

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2011/2012 Admission Prices:

Adults:£12,Senior Citizens:£7.50,Students:£7.50,Under 16’s:£4,Under 12’s:Free

Eastleigh FC 2011/2012 squad:

GOALKEEPERS:

Gareth Barfoot

Michael Green

DEFENDERS:

Ross Bottomley

Billy Tsovolos

Tom Jordan

Andy Forbes

Jack Vallis

Ben Wilson

Frankie Raymond (one month initial loan from Reading)

MIDFIELDERS:

Danny Smith

Adam Cashin-Murray

Ryan O’Hara

Jamie Brown

Liam Hibberd

STRIKERS:

Jamie Slabber

Richard Gillespie

Andrew White

Sam Wilson

Pre Season Top Scorers:

1) Jamie Slabber (5)

2) Andrew White (3)

3) Sam Wilson (2)

4) Danny Smith (2)

5) Andy Forbes (1)