Spitfires on FA Trophy trail

Chris Flood set to sign for Eastleigh permanently

Ian Baird’s Spitfires travel away to Chippenham Town at Hardenhuish Park in the FA Trophy tomorrow (3PM Kick Off) in the third Qualifying Round.

Not only will the winners be in the first round draw for FA Trophy they will also win £4000 for progressing to the next round.

The Spitfires have been in good form lately having won three of their last four games in the league and drawing against fourth place Dartford last Saturday 2-2 at The Silverlake Stadium.

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Chippenham are doing well in the Evo-Stik Southern League, they are sitting in seventh place and have won eight, drawn four and have lost six games this season however The Bluebirds have only lost two games at home this season in the league.

Chippenham’s last game was at home on Tuesday to St Albans City and they won 4-0, Ross Stern’s cross found former Spitfire Toby Osman to volley in his second in two games to open up the scoring.

Ross Stern scored his first ever goal for Chippenham which saw The Bluebirds double their lead and then Lewis Powell hit the back of the net for the first time this season for The Bluebirds and managed a brace on the night.

The last time Chippenham played in the FA Trophy was away to Evo-Stik Southern League Division One South and West outfit Mangotsfield United after a replay was required in a 1-1 draw at Hardenhuish Park.

Aaron Wilson opened the scoring with a twenty yard strike on goal and Toby Osman doubled the lead for The Bluebirds which saw them draw The Spitfires in the next round.

Eastleigh’s last game in the FA Trophy was one to forget after The Spitfires played Evo-Stick Northern Premier League side Chasetown in the third round.

Richard Davies opened the scoring when he took the ball past Eastleigh goalkeeper Jason Matthews (now at Bath City) and finished neatly to put The Scholars 0-1 up.

Shaun McAuley (now at Basingstoke Town) produced a pinpoint cross that found Jamie Slabber who headed in a powerful finish.

Chasetown then grabbed the lead again when The Scholars headed on to Jamie Slabber who got the last touch and unfortunately, scored an own goal!

Ben Jevons finished of The Spitfires with a clinical finish after beating Eastleigh’s offside trap and the game had just enough time for Luke Byles to get a straight red which saw The Spitfires hopes of a quarter final and £7,000 crash.

In other news, Eastleigh’s director of football Dave Malone announced on the fans forum that Chris Flood is staying at the Silverlake Stadium.

“The Club can announce that we have agreed the Transfer of Chris Flood from Dorchester Town, for an undisclosed fee. We hope to conclude the formalities today (Thursday) in time for the player to be available for our FA Trophy game at Chippenham on Saturday.”

This follows a successful one months loan from fellow Blue Square Bet South side Dorchester Town and the former Crawley Town winger scored on his début in Eastleigh’s 4-1 win against Maidenhead United three weeks ago.

This is going to be a great cup tie to watch so roar on those Spitfires at Hardenhuish Park on Saturday to the first round of the FA Trophy.

COME ON YOU SPITFIRES!!!

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Match highlights of Eastleigh’s last FA Trophy game against Chasetown at The Silverlake Stadium From WINOLSPORTS

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Eastleigh Potted History and highlights of Eastleigh’s last game at home to Dartford from WINOLSPORTS

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