Richard Hill’s Spitfires are through to the Hampshire Senior Cup Quarter Final as they brushed aside Fleet Spurs on Tuesday at Kennels Lane.
Manager Hill made three changes to the starting line up that was defeated at home to Welling United on Saturday.
Osei Sankofa, Adam Everitt and Lee Peacock all featured in the starting line up which saw a 3-5-2 formation which was completely different to the one that has been used in recent weeks.
In a goalless first half both teams failed to trouble either keeper and it took two minutes after the break before Eastleigh finally broke the deadlock against a team four leagues below them.
Lee Peacock opened the scoring with a well taken strike on goal and the former Manchester City striker claimed his brace with a great volley.
Michael Green soon made it 3-0 with a superb solo run which resulted in a strike on goal that got deflected in the back of the net.
A clean sheet for Eastleigh lately has become almost an impossible task as Chris Musgrove got one back for the hosts moments later.
Captain Glen Southam restored Eastleigh’s three goal lead with a great weighted chip over keeper Ryan Bone.
Eastleigh’s top goal scorer Jai Reason got another goal to his tally as his 87th minute penalty got converted in the bottom right corner to make sure of a place in the next round.
The teams left in the competition are as follows.
Alresford Town FC
Totton and Eling or Havant and Waterlooville
EastleighNews will announce the draw for the quarter final as soon as it is been done.
The Spitfires now play Dover Athletic away in the Blue Square Bet South tomorrow at The Crabble Athletic ground (3pm kick off).
Joint pre-season title favorites (with Eastleigh) Dover sit nicely in third place of the league table and only two points behind first place Salisbury City.
However The Whites have only won three games at home this season in the league which is just as well as they played Truro City away on Tuesday.
Former Millwall striker Ben May opened the scoring for Dover after 39 minutes which put the visitors in front at the break.
Joint league top goal scorer Billy Bricknell doubled The White’s lead fifteen minutes before the end and Callum Willock made sure of the three points moments later.
The last time these two teams played was at The Silverlake Stadium this season and Craig McAllister opened the scoring for Eastleigh on that day.
Callum Willock got an equaliser for the visitors before the striker turned creator when he returned the favour to striker Ben May who took the lead for Dover.
Billy Bricknell secured all three points with minutes to go which saw a good Eastleigh performance earn nothing.
Dover’s Moses Ademola and Daryl McMahon has both played for Eastleigh this season however Ademola will not be in the squad for Dover tomorrow due to part of the transfer deal.
Eastleigh have secured the services of a former Dover keeper themselves.
Keeper Ross Flitney has joined The Spitfires for a one month loan and will be available for tomorrow’s game.
The Gillingham shot stopper first joined Eastleigh on loan in October, making five first team appearances including a solid performance and clean sheet in a victory against Sutton United.
This is going to be a great game tomorrow so come on down to The Crabble Athletic Ground and roar on those Spitfires.
Eastleigh Team Line Up against Fleet Spurs: Jack Dovey, Osei Sankofa , Adam Everitt , Michael Green, Tom Jordan, Leigh Mills, Glen Southam (c), Lee Peacock , Mark Hughes, Damian Scannell
Subs: Osei Sankofa → Dale Binns (64), Lee Peacock → Craig McAllister (64), Adam Everitt → Jai Reason (64)
Full team sheet can be found here
COME ON YOU SPITFIRES!!!
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