Spitfires beaten at home to Dover

Joint league top goal scorer Craig McAllister opened the scoring for Eastleigh with a looping header


Ian Baird’s Spitfires failed to earn a point at home to unbeaten Dover Athletic on Saturday after going three games unbeaten in the Blue Square Bet South.

Eastleigh started the game with the same starting line up that featured in their last three games and it took them just twenty minutes before getting on the score sheet, joint league top scorer Craig McAllister got on the end of a Daryl McMahon corner and sent a looping header past goalkeeper Mitch Walker.

Thirteen minutes later, The Whites equalised just moments after getting a goal disallowed, a through ball was sent to Callum Willock and the striker made no mistake after slotting past goalkeeper Jack Dovey.

With Dover now on top, it took just ten minutes for the visitors to take the lead, Willock turned provider and set up striker Ben May with a low cross and the former Millwall forward made no mistake with the simplest of tap ins.

Manager Ian Baird made a few decisions in the second including going three at the back sending centre back Andy Forbes to where he use to play up front and The Spitfires hit the cross bar twice however with minutes to go  The Whites secured all three points.

A long ball was sent towards Callum Willock who flicked the ball into the path of Billy Bricknell who slotted the ball past Jack Dovey in a one on one situation and sent The Spitfires in to 11th place however only three points behind first place Bath City.

Eastleigh now take on second place Dorchester Town away at The Avenue Stadium in the Blue Square Bet South, The Magpies are in good form and are unbeaten in their last three games after beating Sutton United away at Gander Green Lane on Saturday.

Former Spitfire Ashley Nicholls opened the scoring for Dorchester and striker Ben Watson doubled The Magpies lead moments later, the home side did manage to pull on back with Gareth Gwillim converting from the spot however The Magpies held on to the lead and claimed all three points.

The last time these two teams met was at The Silverlake Stadium and was a time to forget for The Spitfires, the game looked to have ended for a 0-0 draw however Gary Elphick put the ball into his own net and gave Dorchester all three points on that occasion.

The last time these two teams met at The Avenue Stadium was a more successful time for The Spitfires, Ryan Moss opened the scoring for The Magpies however an equaliser from Jordace Holder-Spponer (now at Basingstoke Town) and a brace from Andrew White (now at Winchester City) was enough for The Spitfires earn all three points on that occasion.

This is going to be a great game so come on down to The Avenue Stadium and roar on those Spitfires!


Photo by Tony Smith

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Highlights of Saturday’s game between Eastleigh and Dover athletic by JamieGrahamMedia


Ian Baird post match interview after Saturday’s game by JamieGrahamMedia


Tony Smith’s photos of Eastleigh Vs Dover Atheletic by EastleighFCSpitfire