Spitfires earn three points away to Welling United

Jamie Slabber

Jamie Slabber seen here playing against Chelmsford last season will not be playing against his old team mates

Ian Baird’s Spitfires sent out a youthful side away to third place Welling United last Saturday, a team that hasn’t lost at home all season before the match.

The only goal of the game came after forty minutes when Danny Smith finished off a well worked move, right back Mitchell Nelson whipped in a ball into the box when Smith tapped into an empty net to secure all three points for The Spitfires. (Highlights of the match can be found here)

Eastleigh’s opponents fifth placed Chelmsford City need a win tomorrow in the Blue Square Bet South at The Silverlake Stadium, if they are to win and Dover and Basingstoke to lose,  The Clarets would almost guarantee a play-off place.

Chelmsford’s opponents last Saturday were Salisbury City, The Clarets took a comfortable lead after only six minutes with former Spitfire Jamie Slabber netting for the home side doing what he did 36 times for The Spitfires.

Ghanaian striker Cliff Akurang then doubled Chelmsford’s advantage just before the break however the last five minutes was a nightmare for the hosts.

Charlie Griffin on loan from Forest Green Rovers got one back for the visitors after a penalty was awarded for the visitors, goals from Abdulai Bell-Baggie and Marvin Williams in the last dying minutes damaged Chelmsford an almost guaranteed play-off place.

The last time these two teams played was at The Melbourne Stadium where The Spitfires had a bit of a nightmare, goals from Greg Morgan, Adam Tann and Aiden palmer in the first twenty minutes was enough for the home side to secure all three points.

The last time these two teams met The Spitfires claimed all three points, captain Tommy Jordan opened the scoring after the centre back controlled a long goal kick superbly and chipped a delightful ball past keeper James Pullen.

Jamie Slabber who is currently playing for The Clarets doubled Eastleigh’s lead with a glancing header, six  minutes later David Rainford converted a penalty for the visitors however The Spitfires held on to all three points.

Jamie Slabber will not be playing at The Silverlake Stadium again tomorrow after an agreement between the two clubs however David Rainford will return to The Claret’s squad after a suspension meanwhile striker Richard Gillespie who is on loan to Bashley will not have his contract renewed for next season.

The Spitfires are due to field another youthful side tomorrow so come on down to The Silverlake Stadium and roar on those Spitfires!


Photo by Tony Smith

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