Richard Hill’s Spitfires will look to get back to winning ways today at home to 18th place Eastbourne Borough at The Silverlake Stadium (3pm kick off) as his side thought back to get a share of the points against Hampshire rivals Havant on Tuesday.
Manager Hill handed new signing Chris Zebroski a start on Tuesday and the striker was unlucky not get on the score sheet after being ruled for offside in a controversial decision.
With Eastleigh dominating the first half it took until after the break before either team got on the score sheet with the help of Havant keeper Clark Masters making some smart saves to deny The Spitfires.
Just five minutes after break and the visitors went in front; a well taken corner eventually found Sahr Kabba who latched on the end of a header with a well taken half volley.
Things went from bad to worse for The Spitfires as it looked like Eastleigh’s three month unbeaten home run might of came to an end when Ross Flitney conceded a penalty which Christian Nanetti converted to make it 0-2 to the visitors.
However just seven minutes later, Jai Reason won a penalty of his own when keeper Clark Masters brought Eastleigh’s top goal scorer down and the attacking midfielder halved the two goal deficit with a well taken penalty.
Just ten minutes later and Eastleigh’s comeback was completed; former Barnet captain and Northern Irish international Mark Hughes sent a superb looping header in the back of the net.
Substitute Adam Watkins on loan from Luton Town nearly claimed all three points in the last kick of the game however a Havant defender done very well to header it of the line and keep it 2-2.
Today’s visitors Eastbourne Borough last played Farnborough last Saturday where Darren Lok got the only goal of the game in the dying minutes.
The last time these two teams played was earlier this season and former Spitfire Frankie Raymond got the only goal of the game just before the hour mark.
The last time these two teams played at The Silverlake Stadium was more of a successful day for The Spitfires.
Defenders Gary Elphick (now at Tonridge Angels) and Tom Jordan (now at Sutton United) got the only two goals of the game to earn Eastleigh all three points on that occasion.
Today’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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Eastleigh Vs Havant & Waterlooville Match Highlights can be found here
Tuesday’s interview of manager Richard Hill following the game can be found here