Eastleigh start on FA cup trail

Eastleigh FC Vs Cinderford Town AFC 11

Ian Baird’s Spitfires start their FA Cup campaign on Saturday home at The Silverlake Stadium against 5th placed Evostik Division One South and West outfit Cinderford Town.

The Spitfires come in to this game having beaten Staines Town 2-1.

The Swans  had opened the scoring with a 45 yard lob. Tweleve minutes later The Spitfires  Jamie Slabber – last seasons top goalscorer – equalised for Eastleigh with a well taken goal after Tommy Jordan flicked the ball to him.

Jamie Brown took the lead for Eastleigh when Jordace Holder-Spooner shot from distance which troubled Louis Wells in goal and Wells spilt the ball and gifted Jamie Brown a winner in the 25th minute.

The Forresters with an average crowd of 135 this season have won there last two games against Mangotsfield United in the league 3-0 at home and 2-0 home to Merthyr Town (one league below Cinderford) in the FA Cup 1st Round Qualifying replay.

The original fixture between the two clubs finished 1-1 which forced a replay at The Causeway Ground.

Last season The Forresters got to the 3rd qualifying round having beat Ringwood Town and Alton Town to get there only to get beat at home against Blue Square Bet South team Maidenhead United 0-4.

The Spitfires  got to the 4th qualifying round last season beating Bognor Regis Town 2-0 at home and Clevedon Town away 0-5.

Eastleigh then travelled to Woking where Richard Gillespie opened the scoring in less than two minutes with a superb strike. Missed chances for Eastleigh were soon regretted when Woking hit back with two goals in ten minutes.

Jamie Slabber equalised for The Spitfires six minutes after the break only for Elvis Hammond to destroy Eastleigh’s first round hopes which would of been away to the highest team in the competition so far Brighton and Hove Albion.

Of course Eastleigh have made it to the first round  before in the 2009/2010 season where they got drawn Barrow AFC away,the 600 mile round trip will still be in the mind of many Eastleigh supporters where The Spitfires lost in the 90+3 minute strike from 40yards.

However if that did not happened Andy Forbes would of been a hero for Eastleigh having scored the equaliser on that day and having been pushed up from centre midfield to striker for the last ten minutes, however the former Winchester City goal ace is still the only scorer who has netted for Eastleigh in the FA Cup proper.

This is going to be great game to watch so come on down at The Silverlake Stadium and roar on them Spitfires,


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