Eastleigh sign emergency left back

Michael Green

Ian Baird’s Spitfires have signed N’Power League Two left back Michael Green from Port Vale on an initial one month loan.

Eastleigh director of football Dave Malone wrote on the fans forum this morning.

“We are delighted to confirm that we have agreed with Port Vale FC to sign Michael Green, on an initial short term loan.

Many of you will know that Michael spent a short time with the Spitfires, prior to joining AFC Totton and subsequently Port Vale earlier this summer. He has made several first team appearances, and will be a valuable addition to the first team squad.

We hope to complete the formalities in time for “Greener” to be available for the home game with Welling on Saturday and the away game at Chelmsford on Monday”

This news came just four days after the announcement of a new player/coach, Eastleigh player Shaun Wilkinson accepted the offer after much discussion.

Eastleigh director of football Dave Malone told fans on the forum.

“Following much discussion, Eastleigh FC are pleased to confirm that Shaun Wilkinson has accepted our offer to join our management team as Player/Coach.

Shaun is a very experienced player, having previously played at Brighton, Havant & Waterlooville and Weymouth. He suffered a serious injury in 2009 – but is now close to full fitness.

As the title suggests, Shaun will combine playing with assisting Manager Ian Baird.”

Ian Baird’s Spitfires will now play second placed Welling United at the Silverlake Stadium on Saturday in the Blue Square Bet South (3PM Kick Off).

Cup disappointment

Eastleigh suffered a shock defeat last Saturday when Oxford City claimed £7,500 in the FA Cup 3rd Qualifying draw along with a very winnable draw away to Weston-Super-Mare (who beat Havant and Waterlooville) to get into the first round proper.

Oxford City took the lead with ex-saint Steve Basham chipping goalkeeper Gareth Barfoot, however Gareth Barfoot did manage to save a penalty for Eastleigh which was his second penalty save in a row in all matches.

Darren Pond doubled City’s lead with a powerful strike on goal only for Jamie Slabber halving the two goal deficit with a well taken penalty.

However Darren Pond had the last laugh with a powerful header from a corner which crashed Eastleigh’s hopes of a cup run in the FA Cup this season.

There was a silver lining to a quite dismal day for The Spitfires, Seventeen year-old striker Sam Wilson signed a two year contract moments before the game last Saturday which the club was very pleased about.

Can Spitfires shoot down wings?

Ian Baird’s Spitfires will now play second placed Welling United at the Silverlake Stadium on Saturday in the Blue Square Bet South (3PM Kick Off).

Former Arsenal and England Under 18’s midfielder Jamie Day is the player manger at Welling United, his side have been flying high this season.

The Wings have won eight out of there 13 games in the Blue Square Bet South this season and they are on level points with league leaders Woking who have played one less game than them.

Eastleigh are the lowest goalscorers of the league this season with only nine goals scored and they play a Welling United side who have scored the most league goals this season with 31 (11 of them scored by second top goalscorer of the league, Andy Pugh).

The Wings got knocked out of the FA Cup prematurely in the second qualifying round this season so they played Dorchester Town in the Blue Square Bet South on Saturday where they narrowly beat Dorchester Town 3-2, home at the Park View Road.

The Wings also beat N’Power League Two outfit Gillingham on Tuesday night 2-1 at Park View Road in the Kent Senior Cup.

The last time the two sides met at The Silverlake Stadium, The Wings won 1-4 with Jamie Slabber scoring The Spitfires only goal with a superb free kick and Andy Pugh (2), Jamie Day and Luis Cumbers all scoring for The Wings.

Ten days later the teams met again, this time at at Park View Road ,with the result a slight improvement for Eastleigh when it finished 4-2 to Welling United  with Tony Taggart (now at Sutton United) and Richard Gillespie scoring the only Eastleigh goals and Lee Clarke scoring all four goals for Welling United.

This is a big game for Eastleigh so let’s roar on those Spitfires at The Silverlake Stadium on Saturday (3PM Kick Off).


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