Richard Hill’s Spitfires will look to get back to winning ways tonight as his side fell to their first defeat five games on Saturday away to Hayes & Yeading.
Manager Hill handed young winger Corey King chance as Damian Scannell was left out of the squad due to an injury.
With The Spitfires having the majority of chances in the first half and Daniel Braithwaite getting sent of for a second yellow just before the break, Eastleigh must of been wondering how they went 1-0 down in the second half.
Alasanne N’Diaye pounced on a defensive mistake with a powerful from close range which gave keeper Ross Flitney no chance.
Just ten minutes later and hosts were 2-0 up, Hayes & Yeading captain Sam Cox sent a powerful low strike towards the bottom right corner which went in of the post.
With Eastleigh still looking to find a way to get back into the game, defender Chris Todd smashed the ball in the back of the net with just five minutes to go after Jai Reason hit the cross bar.
Despite a brave effort from The Spitfires in the last few minutes of the game, Eastleigh dropped points in the league for the first time in their last five games.
Richard Hill’s men now look to get back to winning ways at home to Hampshire rivals Havant & Waterlooville tonight at The Silverlake Stadium (7.45 pm kick off).
Former Bournemouth player and manager Lee Bradbury is in charge of The Hawks with former Havant & Waterlooville manager Shaun Gale being his assistant.
The Hawks sit just one place above the relegation zone however the last time they played proved they are no push overs as they earned a point at home to league leaders Salisbury City.
After a goalless first half, Dan Fitchett claimed two goals after the break to give the league leaders a comfortable two goal lead with just 30 minutes to go.
However just two minutes later Perry Ryan gave The Hawks some hope with a goal and the midfielder completed the comeback with twenty minutes to spare just moments later.
The last time these two teams played was back in August and The Spitfires eased to a 0-3 victory away at West Leigh Park.
Goals from Moses Ademola (now at Dover Athletic), Marvin Williams (now at Sutton United) and Craig McAllister secured the bragging rights for Eastleigh on that occasion.
It was more than a year ago the last time these two teams met at The Silverlake Stadium and it more of a closer encounter between the two local rivals.
Daryl McMahon (now at Dover Athletic) put the Spitfires up after four minutes and Damian Scannell doubled the lead just before the break.
However the first half wasn’t over and Sam Pearce gave The Hawks a way back into the game with a deflected goal going into the break.
Bradley Bubb (now on loan at Woking from Aldershot Town) made it 3-1 to The Spitfires with just twenty minutes to go and despite a late goal from Pearce in the dying minutes, Eastleigh claimed all three points on that occasion.
In other news defender Adam Everitt has been released from Eastleigh and has joined Hayes & Yeading on a non-contract basis.
Spitfires fans got some great news yesterday that striker Chris Zebroski who has recently been released from npower league 2 side Cheltenham Town has signed for Eastleigh as a free agent.
Having scored six goals this season in 24 appearances for Cheltenham, a press release yesterday stated that the striker will be available for tonight’s clash against Havant & Waterlooville.
Tonight’s game is going to be a great Hampshire derby so come on down to The Silverlake Stadium and roar on those Spitfires!
COME ON YOU SPITFIRES!!!
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Hayes & Yeading Vs Eastleigh Match Highlights can be found here
Saturday’s interview of manager Richard Hill following the game can be found here