Spitfires continue on FA Cup trail

Eastleigh FC Vs Oxford City FC

Ian Baird’s Spitfires will try to get in to the hat on Monday for the FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round and bag themselves £7,500 as they play second placed Evo-Stick Southern Premier League side Oxford City at The Silverlake Stadium  on Saturday(3 pm kick off).

The City have got of to a flyer this season having won eight of their twelve league games losing only twice – which included 6-0 away to AFC Totton. They have won their last four games away.

Oxford City have played two rounds of the FA Cup so far this season drawing against Didcot Town ( a league below them) 1-1 followed by a 0-3 win away in the replay and then beating Thame Unted (two leagues below them) in a 1-3 win away.

The Spitfires have only played one competition game, against Cinderford Town to get this far when Eastleigh comprehensively won 3-1 at home.

Some of the first team players were involved in Tuesday’s Hampshire Senior Cup game against Aldershot Town including Billy Tsovolos, Jordace Holder-Spooner, Shaun Wilkinson, Sam Wilson, Andrew White, Ryan O’Hara and Ian Herring (who captained the side) however The Spitfires still lost 4-1 against a good Shots line up.

The Spitfires last league game ended 3-0 away to Eastbourne Borough on the same day when Oxford City thrashed Swindon Supermarine 7-1 at home.

The last time the two teams met was in a pr- season friendly, earlier this year when The City won 2-0 with Felipe Barcelos and Jimmy Deabill both scoring.

Eastleigh announced coming in to this game that assistant manager Kevin Braybrook has left the club, a press release was placed on the official website this morning by Eastleigh director of football Dave Malone.

“Eastleigh Football Club can confirm that, with regret, we have today accepted the resignation of First Team Coach – Kevin Braybrook.

“Kevin has been with the Club since June, when he was initially appointed as Head of Recruitment. Since that time he was promoted to First Team Coach, following the departure of Matt Gray – who subsequently joined Aldershot FC. Kevin has been of invaluable assistance to the Club, particularly in the recruitment and development of our new group of full time players.”

“Unfortunately the other football commitments that Kevin has have proven to inhibit the amount of time he is able to devote to Eastleigh Football Club. For that honourable reason, Kevin has reluctantly decided to stand down with immediate effect.”

“The Board of Directors and Manager Ian Baird would like to record our thanks and appreciation to Kevin for the hard work and endeavour that he has demonstrated in the time he has worked with us.

We wish him well for the future.”

This is a big game for The Spitfires so roar on those Spitfires at The Silverlake Stadium tomorrow so…


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