Richard Hill’s Spitfires will take on Nuneaton Town tomorrow away at Liberty Way (Saturday, 9 August, 3pm) in the Vanarama Conference as they look to get off to a winning start to the campaign.
Manager Hill will be no stranger to the club as the then midfielder played for the Warwickshire outfit back in the eighties when the club was called Nuneaton Borough.
Eastleigh have had an impressive pre-season campaign running up to the curtain raiser having sealed convincing away victories to St Albans, Marlow and Didcot Town as well as drawing away to Billericay Town.
At the new look Silverlake Stadium the Spitfires have had a mixed pre-season having lost to Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth, drew to Crawley Town and achieved an impressive win against Swindon Town.
With experienced summer signings James Constable, Jack Midson, Paul Reid, Craig Stanley and last season’s loanee Ben Wright, it is no wonder why Eastleigh have been made one of title contenders this season however their opponents have had a busy pre-season themselves.
Brian Reid’s Nuneaton Town have had a mixed pre-season having lost at home to Derby County and away to local side Nuneaton Griff.
Home draws to Notts County and West Brom XI indicates Nuneaton could be a force to be reckoned with.
Reid’s men also sealed victories away to Barwell and most recently a 2-0 away victory to Leamington, last weekend.
The club has also been under a board makeover in the last few days as a new chairman has been appointed in a move which also secures ownership of the club’s stadium.
Nuneaton’s summer signings include former Mansfield Town striker Ben Hutchinson and goalkeeper Reice Charles-Cook on loan from Coventry City.
Ticket prices at Liberty Way:
£14 for Adults (aged 17 years and over).
£3 for Juniors (aged 16 years and under).