Spitfires reach play-offs

Captain Glen Southam opened the scoring with a superb 20 yard goal

Captain Glen Southam opened the scoring with a superb 20 yard goal

Richard Hill’s Spitfires have secured their play-off  spot with one league game to spare as they beat relegated Truro City on Tuesday  in front of a bumper crowd of 1320 at The Silverlake Stadium.

It looked to have been a dream start for Eastleigh when Dale Binns was brought down in the penalty box after just four minutes.

In form striker Craig McAllister stepped up to take the penalty however only for Truro keeper Paul Hider to match penalty with a great save to keep the two teams level.

Just over twenty minutes later and The Spitfires broke the deadlock in superb fashion with captain Glen Southam getting on the score sheet.

The former Barnet and Dover Athletic midfielder done a step over to take it round a Truro defender and smashed a 20 yard strike on goal which gave the visiting keeper no chance.

With just five minutes to go, the Cornish side equalised through former Fulham striker Barry Hayles.

The 41 year old was gifted a goal when Mark Hughes sent a misjudged pass back to Ross Flitney who was beaten to the ball by Hayles who ran it in the net to put the two sides level going into the break.

Eastleigh began the second half brightly with Damian Scannell hitting the post however it wasn’t until the 70th minutes before they regained the lead.

Southam whipped in a dangerous free kick that was only cleared as far as Scannell who took his time in the box and shot through a crowded area which found its way into the  back of the net.

The game was wrapped up with just twelve minutes to go as right back Andy Forbes whipped in a great cross to find McAllister who made up for his earlier penalty miss with a superb header.

Eastleigh held on to their 3-1 victory which secured fifth place and a place in this seasons play-offs.

The Spitfires can still greater their league position with a victory tomorrow away to league champions Welling United at Park View Road however they would have to rely on other results going their way as well.

The Wings are unbeaten at home this season and last played away to mid table Boreham Wood last weekend where they earned a share of the spoils.

Former Peterborough United midfielder Lee Clarke put Welling in front in the second half however only for Chez Issac to score for the hosts moments later in a game which ended 1-1.

It was early December when these two teams last met at The Silverlake Stadium and it was Richard Hill’s only home league defeat this season.

Craig McAllister opened the scoring for Eastleigh after just nine minutes however it went all down hill from there for The Spitfires.

Scott Kinch levelled the two side early in the second half and Anthony Acheampong took the lead for The Wings midway through the second half.

The game had just enough time for Kiernan Hughes-Mason to make sure of the victory for the visitors on a day to forget for Eastleigh fans.

Tomorrow’s game is going to be a great game so come on down to Park View Road and roar on those Spitfires to an impressive nine matches unbeaten.


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Tuesday’s match highlights of Eastleigh Vs Truro City can be found below

Tuesday’s post match interview of Eastleigh’s manager Richard Hill can be found below