Spitfires bounce back with home win

Jack Midson put Eastleigh in front on Tuesday

Jack Midson put Eastleigh in front on Tuesday (photo by Tony Smith)

 

Richard Hill’s Spitfires bounced back from their weekend away defeat to Torquay with a superb 2-0 victory on Tuesday night at home to Dartford.

The match, that was free admission for all fans, saw a bumper crowd of  1,765 that watched Eastleigh return to winning ways with a goal from each half.

In a half where Eastleigh were clearly the most dangerous side it wasn’t until right before the break when Hill’s men grabbed the lead.

Jai Reason swung in a pinpoint corner for Jack Midson to header home with the striker’s fourth goal in the league this season.

Almost identical to the first half, second half substitute Michael Green netted for Eastleigh with moments left of the half – the left back scored directly from a corner.

The Silverlake Stadium's new stand was open for the first time (photo by Tony Smith)

The Silverlake Stadium’s new stand was open for the first time (photo by Tony Smith)

That win has put Eastleigh within just three points from a play-off spot however they still sit in 11th in the Vanarama Conference.

Hill’s men now play away to fellow Conference side Southport in the FA Cup second round for the first time in the club’s history on Sunday (2pm kick off).

Eastleigh have already beaten Southport at home this season 2-1 so the side will be familiar to the playing style of the opposition.

However the Spitfires will be without striker Ben Wright who joined Vanarama Conference club and old rivals Havant & Waterlooville today.

The former Salisbury City striker was part of Eastleigh’s promotion winning side last season however has since struggled to get a place in the starting 11 this season.

Ben Wright has left the club for Havant & Waterlooville

Ben Wright has left the club for Havant & Waterlooville