Spitfires take on high flying Magpies

Eastleigh FC Vs Maidenhead United FC 1

Spitfires look to get back to winning ways under new manager Richard Hill



Eastleigh’s new manager Richard Hill will look to get his new side back to winning ways tomorrow after a third straight defeat in the league away to Billericay Town last Saturday.

The Spitfires went into this game having made several changes to their line up from the previous game at home to Dover, Ian Baird’s starting line up for the game included Glen Southam, Dale Binns, Adam Everitt and Damian Scannell who all made the starting line up for the first time this season.

It wasn’t long before these changes shown in the performance, twenty-two minutes in the game Osai Sankofa gave the home side a penalty with a poorly timed challenge and the leagues top goal scorer Glenn Poole made no mistake from the spot.

Just seven minutes later and The Blues doubled their lead, Glen Southam sent an over hit pass to Tommy Jordan who couldn’t control it and Marc Charles-Smith was on hand to tuck away Billericay’s second of the game.

The start of the second half saw two Eastleigh substitutions, Marvin William and Moses Ademola replaced Adam Everitt and Damian Scannell.

These changes looked to have paid off with much of the possession going Eastleigh’s way however it took just nine minutes before the hosts got their third goal, Chris Wild headed home a pinpoint cross to make it 3-0 to Billericay.

Twelve minutes later and the Blues scored their fourth and final goal, a long throw was sent into the box and was flicked on twice before striker Nathan Green scored with a diving header to secure all three points for the Essex based team.

The Spitfires now take on high flying Maidenhead United who currently sit in 3rd place at The Silverlake Stadium tomorrow (3PM Kick Off) and The Magpies come in to this game after beating cash strapped Truro City 8-0 at home last weekend.

It took Maidenhead 39 minutes before getting on the score sheet, Reece Tison-Lascaris opened the scoring for the hosts and and later completed his hat-trick twenty minutes later to give The Magpies a three goal advantage.

Striker Alex Wall then made it four and it was clear sailing then for Maidenhead, goals from Paul Semakula, Bobby Behzadi, Lee Barney and Wall completed his brace to make it 8-0 win for The Magpies.

The last time these two teams met was on the last day of the season and it was seven goal thriller at York Road; Alex Wall opened the scoring for The magpies and and shortly after Reece Tison-Lascaris doubled the hosts lead.

Striker Lee Peacock got one back for The Spitfires and Sam Wilson (not at Eastleigh any more) equalised for Eastleigh and it didn’t take long before Eastleigh got a third with Mitchell Nelson the scorer.

The Spitfire’s lead didn’t last long, Tison-Lascaris bagged his brace and in the dying minutes Paul Semakula scored a winner in the last kick off of the game.

The last time these two teams met at The Silverlake Stadium was a more successful day for Eastleigh, Jamie Slabber (now at Chelmsford City) opened the scoring for Eastleigh and Graeme Montgomery (now at Boreham Wood) doubled The Spitfire’s lead after twenty-two minutes.

Slabber then bagged his brace fifteen minutes later before Daniel Brown got one back for the visitors eight minutes after the break and Chris Flood secured all three points for The Spitfires with a goal in the 90th minute making it 4-1 to Eastleigh on that ocasion.

In other news first team coaches Phil Pearpoint and Steve Johnson have departed with Ian Baird, both coaches have done a superb job at the club and will be missed.

Also The Spitfires have been drawn away to Farnborough in the FA Cup second qualifying round, the tie is due to take place on a week on Saturday.

Tomorrow’s game is going be a great game and Spitfire fans will get a chance to watch their new manager Richard Hill in charge so come on down to The Silverlake Stadium and roar on those Spitfires!


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Highlights of Eastleigh’s defeat away to Billericay Town from JamieGrahamMedia


Interview of Eastleigh’s new manager Richard Hill from JamieGrahamMedia