Ian Baird’s Spitfires last night eased past Championship Southampton with four fine goals.
Former Spitfire Aaron Martin made a presentation to Eastleigh with a signed shirt to show that Eastleigh played a key part in his footballing career and to say ‘thank you’.
Eastleigh started with new signings Mike Green in goal and Ryan O’Hara on the wing as well as Frankie Raymond who currently is on a initial one month loan for the Spitfires.
Ex Southampton and Bournemouth trialist Jordache-Holder Spooner had a trial with Eastleigh and performed well while former Portsmouth defender Billy Tsovolos – who Eastleigh are close to signing – had another solid performance.
Eastleigh took the lead after an even opening 20 minutes when Jamie Slabber converted another penalty in pre season after Ryan O’Hara was fouled in the area.
One minute later Andrew White slotted past Tommy Forecast from a neat past from Ryan O’Hara.
Just two minutes later, in a magnificent spell for the Spitfires, ,Tommy Forecast punched out a cross that found Danny Smith who placed a header from twenty yards.
Southampton had five senior players playing including Jonathan Forte, Joseph Mills, Tommy Forecast, Lee Holmes and Ryan Dickson so this was no easy game for The Spitfires however they made it look like any other league game with great class and pace.
Southampton got one back when a defensive clearance came to Lloyd Isgrove who slotted past Eastleigh’s goalkeeper Mike Greenon 44 minutes.
The second half was more even for Southampton when Jonathan Forte nearly made it 3-2 but substitute goalkeeper Gareth Barfoot made a superb save which keeps the pressure on manager Ian Baird on making a decision on who deserves number one spot for the coming season.
Jamie Slabber won another penalty for The Spitfires and converted brilliantly in the top right corner which made it 4-1 to the Spitfires on a night where Eastleigh made all seven changes in the second half and Andrew White won the man of the match award.
Photo: Eastleigh FC
In depth report from Jamie Montigue here