Spitfires win away to Staines

 

GAME ON: Eastleigh Vs Salisbury City tonight

GAME ON: Eastleigh Vs Salisbury City tonight

Richard Hill’s Spitfires will look to make it three league victories in a row tonight as they take on league leaders Salisbury City at The Silverlake Staidum (7.45pm kick off).

Eastleigh last played away to Staines Town at Wheatsheaf Park on Saturday where they claimed all three points for only the third time away all season.

The Spitfires didn’t get of to the best of starts when defender Chris Todd deemed to have hand balled in his box and referee Neil Hair awarded the home side a 12th minute penalty.

Jack Mills stepped up confidently and fired The Swans into a 1-0 lead against Eastleigh.

It took just before the break before The Spitfires equalised; striker Craig McAllister met Damian Scannell’s dangerous cross and the former Crawley Town striker managed to make enough contact to send both teams into the break level.

The second half saw the injury of referee Neil Heir who was replaced linesman Nic Evens who took charge of for the rest of the game.

With six minutes of normal time left, The Spitfires finally took the lead of a lot of chances going missing.

Eastleigh’s top goal scorer Jai Reason sent Damian Scannell through on goal with a superb precise pass and the winger done superbly with a cool finish.

The Spitfires doubled their advantage in the fifth minute of extra time to secure all three points, Chris Todd met Jai Reason’s corner for it only to be cleared of the line however Dean Beckwith applied the final touch from the rebound.

This result puts Eastleigh into eighth in the league as they take on league leaders Salisbury City tonight.

The Whites will look to extend their three point gap between them and second place Welling United tonight however on Saturday it didn’t go according to plan for Darrell Clarke’s men.

Salisbury were away to 13th place Dorchester on Saturday and The Magpies took a two goal advantage.

Jake Smeeton and striker Ben Watson gave The Magpies a two goal lead with just fifteen minutes to go however The Whites did manage to pull one goal back from the leagues top goalscorer and former Spitfire Jamie White.

The last time these two teams played was on New Years Day where The Spitfires were unlucky to be on the wrong end of an eight goal thriller.

A goal each from Jamie White and Theo Lewis gave The Whites a two goal advantage after just twelve minutes however an own goal from Salisbury’s James Clarke gave Eastleigh some hope in the first half.

However this was soon cancelled out by Jamie White who completed his brace and restored the two goal advantage after 39 minutes.

Incredibly though the teams entered the second half level, Richard Pacquette (now at Sutton) and Jai Reason both scored to make it 3-3 going in to the break.

With Eastleigh looking for a winner it was Salsibury who hit them on the counter attack twice with Daniel Fitchett and Charles Ademeno both netting for Salisbury in the second half to make it 5-3 to The Whites on that occasion.

The last time these two teams met at The Silverlake Stadium was  just over a year ago.

Former Spitfire Robbie Matthews fired Salisbury with a one goal lead going in to the break however Graeme Montgomery (now at Boreham Wood) popped up with an late equaliser just four minutes to go on the clock as both teams shared the points.

Coming in to this game, The Spitfires have signed midfielder Adam Watkins on loan for the rest of the season from Blue Square Bet Premier side Luton Town.

The 21 year old who has came from Luton’s youth system has made ten appearances for the first team and has scored one goal in his career for the club.

Watkins has represented England C and will join fellow team mate Alex Lacey who is also loan from Luton Town.

There is no pitch inspection planned for tonight’s game so the game is definitely on so come on down to The Silverlake Stadium and roar on those Spitfires to a third straight league win!

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Staines Town Vs Eastleigh Match Highlights can be found here

Saturday’s interview of captain Glen Southam, following the game can be found here