Eastleigh boss Richard Hill will be pleased with his side’s performance on Friday as they brushed Tuesday’s disappointment away to Tonbridge aside with a well earned win away to Basingstoke.
Hill made just one change to the starting line up with winger Dale Binns replacing striker Craig McAllister which allowed Eastleigh to revert to their similar 4-4-1-1 formation.
It took just before the break before either team broke the deadlock.
Damian Scannell whipped in a dangerous ball which found the head of Mark Hughes who placed a powerful header in the back of the net who gave Eastleigh the lead at the break.
Adam Watkins on loan on from Luton Town came on as a second half substitute and the midfielder certainly made a name for himself.
The England C international scored a vital goal to double The Spitfire’s lead with just fifteen minutes left with a right-footed strike which caught keeper Ashley Bayes out.
Just five minutes later and Watkins remarkably scored a very similar goal to the one he scored earlier which gave The Spitfires a three goal advantage.
Eastleigh claimed all three points which has put them back in contention of a play-off spot with just five points sitting between them and Weston-super-Mare.
Prior to this game, eleven brave Eastleigh supporters walked 25 miles to Basingstoke to raise as much money as possible.
This fantastic achievement has shown why Spitfires fans are a credit to the football club and they all should be incredibly proud of themselves.
The Spitfires now play ninth place Dorchester Town tomorrow on Easter Monday at The Silverlake Stadium tomorrow in a bid to earn vital back to back victories (3pm kick off).
The Magpies had a day to forget in their last game at home to relegation threatened Staines Town as they slumped to a 0-4 defeat.
Goals from Tyrone Marsh, David Wheeler, Louie-Rae Beadle, and Dan Brown made sure The Swans would claim all three points against a Dorchester side who had captain Mark Jermyn sent off after an hour.
It was back in September since these two sides met and it was at The Avenue Stadium; Jamie Reid scored the only goal of the game for Dorchester with a superb free kick in the dying minutes.
The last time these two teams played at The Silverlake Stadium was almost a year ago and it was another late goal that let Eastleigh down.
Gary Elphick (now at Tonbridge Angels) scored the only goal of the game however it was an own goal which gave The Magpies all three points on that occasion.
Tomorrow’s game is going to be a great game so come on down to The Silverlake Stadium and roar on those Spitfires!
COME ON YOU SPITFIRES!!!
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Basingstoke Vs Eastleigh Match Highlights can be found here
Friday’s interview of manager Richard Hill following the game can be found here