Eastleigh look to start the new year on a high

Jamie Collins celebrates a winner last time out (Photo by Tony Smith)

Jamie Collins celebrates a winner last time out (Photo by Tony Smith)


Eastleigh take on fifth place Eastbourne Borough tomorrow away at Priory Lane (3pm) as they look to make ground on to the top spot.

The Spitfires last fixture against Dorchester was unfortunately postponed on New Year’s Day at the Silverlake Stadium however they are in good form following the result last Saturday.

Richard Hill’s men took on Bath City at home and it wasn’t the easiest of tests for Eastleigh as Stuart Fleetwood got sent off in the second half.

Ben Strevens took the lead for the hosts early in the first half as Damian Batt put in a pinpoint cross for the former Dagenham & Redbridge striker who made no mistake with a bullet header.

That lead didn’t last long however as Josh Low put the visitors level again after 30 minutes.

With Eastleigh reduced to ten men, Bath looked the more likely team to take the lead but Jamie Collins had other ideas.

Jai Reason swung in a free kick from the left wing and Collins looked determined to header the ball in the back of the net and seal all three vital points, much to the delight of the fans.

Tomorrow’s game sees former Southampton player Tommy Widdrington’s side try and break Eastleigh’s five match winning streak.

The Sports have excelled predictions this season as they sit nicely in a play-off position in fifth place, ten points behind the Spitfires, however they were defeated last time out away to Tonbridge.

Darren Lok got Eastbourne’s only goal in the game as they failed to get anything at the Kent based side and lost 2-1.

It will be vital for Eastleigh to continue their form as Bromley stretched their lead the top to 11 points on New Year’s Day despite having played three more games than The Spitfires.


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Match Highlights of Eastleigh Vs Bath Citycan be found below

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