Spitfires take on Sutton United at home

Jai Reason

Jai Reason celebrates his sixth goal of the season and Eastleigh’s third of the night

Richard Hill’s Spitfires take on former Eastleigh manager Paul Doswell’s side Sutton United in a bid to gain back to back victories following Tuesday night’s game at home to Bath City.

Hill handed Mitchell Nelson a centre back spot a long side Leigh Mills for the first time in the league this season and left out Tommy Jordan and Andy Forbes.

The Spitfires took just twelve minutes to get off to flying start and to forget the disappointing result away to Eastbourne Borough last Saturday.

Eastleigh started with early pressure which resulted in much of the possession in Bath City’s half and their pressure paid off when striker Craig McAllister flicked a ball into the path of winger Damian Scannell to score his first goal of the season.

Scannell then turned creator and returned the favour to  provided a low cross for McAllister who’s first shot got parried away however the former Crawley Town striker netted the rebound for his fifth goal of the season.

McAllister however then went off injured moments later and could be a doubt for tomorrow’s game at home to Sutton United (3pm kick off)  as the striker took a knock to the face which turned out to be suspected broken nose.

With The Spitfires now 2-0 up it looked clear sailing from then however the visitors caused a scare when Josh Low fired a shot at loanee goalkeeper Ross Flitney who parried into the path of Chris Allen who made no mistake with the rebound.

A clean sheet in the league for Eastleigh seems a difficult task however The Spitfires shown that they can score goals as well as concede when Moses Ademola set up Jai Reason to net his sixth goal of the season and Eastleigh’s third of the night.

Eastleigh came into the second half with a two goal advantage and it seemed like the visitors had nothing to lose which resulted in The Spitfires defence digging deep and putting in a brave performance to secure a well earned three points on the night.

Tomorrow’s visitors Sutton United sit in a disappointing 18th place however just four points behind Eastleigh who sit in seventh place, former Eastleigh players include Anthony Riviere, Marvin Williams and Eastleigh legend Wayne Shaw .

The U’s didn’t get off to the best of starts when they played cash strapped Truro City away last Saturday, the home side took the advantage after just three minutes with Andy Watkins opening the scoring.

Defender Jamie Stuart got an equaliser for The U’s just fourteen minutes later however the experienced former Charlton Athletic player turned hero to villain after getting sent off just twelve minutes before the end of the game.

However Sutton did manage to claim all three points when former Aldershot Town forward Stefan Payne netted his third goal of the season to send a The U’s a very happy long trip back from Cornwall.

The last time these two teams met was at The Silverlake Stadium and The Spitfires ran out 4-0 winners in front of a crowd of 859.

A hat-trick from Bradley Bubb (now at Woking on loan from Aldershot Town) and a goal from Damian Scannell secured an impressive win for The Spitfires.

In other news Eastleigh spokesman Darren Nangle spoke for the official website following the fantastic news of former Chairman Paul Murray and owner Stewart Donald donating £260,000 to the club to write-off loans that the club had made previously.

“I think what these two individuals have done is superb and on behalf of all at Eastleigh FC the words ‘thank you’ should not be under estimated on this occasion.  Paul has donated around £70,000.  This clearly shows how he feels about the club and how strong his desire is to see Eastleigh continue to prosper.  He is a massive fan and has been instrumental in the success of the club over recent years working tirelessly.”

“The Eastleigh fans and the wider community have been very fortunate to have such an individual involved in their club.”

 

“Stewart’s donation of over £190,000 is an incredible gesture and further demonstrates his commitment and passion for Eastleigh FC. He is thoroughly enjoying his involvement and is as dedicated as ever.  With the current board also donating an awful lot of their own time and funds, it puts us in an incredibly strong position despite these challenging financial times.”

Come on down to The Silverlake Stadium and roar on those Spitfires tomorrow as they look to claim back to back victories in the league.

COME ON YOU SPITFIRES!!!

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Post match interview of Eastleigh’s manager Richard Hill following Tuesday’s game by JamieGrahamMedia

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Match highlights between Eastleigh and Bath City on Tuesday by JamieGrahamMedia

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