Spitfires away to Eastbourne

Marvin Williams leaves to Sutton and Chris Flood goes on loan to Maidenhead United while Ross Flitney boosts Eastleigh’s goalkeeping options.


Richard Hill’s Spitfires will play their first league game in two weeks as they travel to Eastbourne Borough tomorrow at the Langney Sports Club (3pm kick off).

Eastleigh did play a Hampshire Senior Cup game with fringe players against Christchurch where they won 3-0 however the following game against Truro City at The Silverlake Stadium got postponed, see here.

The Sports (Eastbourne Borough) are sitting in 17th place with thirteen points from twelve games however they did manage to pull off a 0-1 victory away to AFC Hornchurch last Saturday with Chris Shephard scoring the only goal of the game.

The last time these two teams met was at The Silverlake Stadium where Eastleigh ran out 2-1 winners.

Gary Elphick ( who plays for Tonbridge Angels) and Tommy Jordan gave The Spitfires a two goal advantage however Ellis Remy got one back for the visitors but it was not enough.

The last time these two teams played at The Langney Sports Club was a day to forget for The Spitfires; Ollie Rowe, Ben Watson and Matt Crabb all netted for The Sports to earn them all three points on that occasion.

Coming into this game Eastleigh have announced a few changes to their squad following a cut of the player wage budget.

Marvin Williams has joined Wayne Shaw at Sutton United and manager Richard Hill spoke for the official website about the departure

“We had an approach from Sutton last week and after discussing things with Marvin it became apparent I could not guarantee him the starting shirt he craves.

 Competition in my squad is high in Marvin’s position with Moses (Ademola), Dale Binns and Damian Scannell”

Richard Hill continued to talk about the player wage budget.

“In football management some decisions are financially led and as I have previously said, this football club is over budget and despite popular belief money is not readily available.”

“I have to create my own funds from within the current budget whilst reducing it to a more sensible level.

The club financially is sound but I have been set two tasks by the owners.

Firstly, to achieve success on the pitch and secondly to achieve this on a lower budget. 

All I have asked is to be given time to achieve this and I think this is the correct way for the football club to operate.”

Chris Flood has also been sent out on loan for one month to fellow Blue Square Bet South club Maidenhead United, manager Richard Hill explained the loan move on the official website.

“Chris asked to go out on loan and this will be a good opportunity to play a few games as he has not had much of a look since arriving at Eastleigh.”

In other news Eastleigh have brought in Goalkeeper Ross Flitney from Gillingham for a one month loan after releasing Lloyd Anderson having made one appearance in the Hampshire Senior Cup game against Christchurch.

Hill who was assistant manager at Gillingham spoke to the official website about how his contacts helped him made this signing.

“At our level of football everybody is looking for a quality experienced keeper.  Ross has just returned from injury and with my contacts at Gillingham they have kindly agreed to help us out.”

“This arrangement will suit everyone. He has played over 200 games and has bags of experience which will help us, it suits Gillingham and this arrangement will help Jack (Dovey) who will learn lots from Ross”.

Tomorrows’s game promises to be a great game so come on down to the Langney Sports Club and roar on those Spitfires!


For match tweets and info follow eastleighfc

Follow Kieran James for articles on Eastleigh FC Follow @KieranJames1995