Ian Baird’s Spitfires are playing sixth placed Chelmsford City tonight away in the Blue Square Bet South at the Melbourne Stadium.
Eastleigh will come in to this game with good spirits after a fantastic 3-0 league victory over second placed Welling United on Saturday.
On loan Mike Green from nPower League 2 side Port Vale made a instant impact on his return at the Silverlake Stadium, the 22 year old left back had a solid game and opened the scoring with a twenty yard low drive on goal.
With The Wings down to ten men, Mike Green then set up Sam Wilson’s second half replacement Jordace Holder-Spooner on a run who done very well to set up Richard Gillespie with a fantastic flick, the striker netted home his first goal of the season with a cool finish.
On loan winger Graeme Montgomery from nPower League 2 side Aldershot Town then went on a run of his own and made no mistake with the finish.
The Clarets managed to win 0-1 with away to Salisbury City in the 91st minute on Saturday with Captain Adam Tann scoring the winner however new striker Michael Bakere will certainly boost their chances tonight.
Clarets fans received bad news last Wednesday when popular winger Anthony Cook was ruled out for the rest of the season following a ruptured cruciate ligament.
Chelmsford City are unbeaten since Saturday 3rd September when Dover Athletic bet them at home 2-3, The Clarets have won three and drew three since they played Dover Athletic.
The last time these two teams met at the Melbourne Stadium was last August when The Spitfires lost 3-0 with Warren Goodhind getting sent off after fouling Anthony Cook in the penalty area. David Rainford converted the penalty.
David Rainford scored another penalty shortly after Chris Holland (now at Havant and Waterlooville) brought down Ricky Modeste in the area.
Takumi Ake then went on a unstoppable run with finished with a power shot on goal to make 3-0 to The Clarets on that occasion.
The Spitfires got there revenge seven months later when they came out 2-1 winners at The Silverlake Stadium.
Captain and centre back Tommy Jordan put The Spitfires in front with a fantastic chip that a striker would be proud off, to put Eastleigh in front after just ten minutes.
In the second half Jamie Slabber doubled Eastleigh’s lead with a great header from a Richard Graham (now at Dartford) cross.
However David Rainford did manage to score another penalty that season past Eastleigh conceded by Chris Holland.
This is a big game for The Spitfires so roar on those Spitfires at the Melbourne Stadium tonight,
COME ON YOU SPITFIRES!!!
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