Eastleigh bounce back with impressive home win

Jack Midson celebrates his brace with team mate Jai Reason (photo by Tony Smith)

Jack Midson celebrates his brace with team mate Jai Reason (photo by Tony Smith)

Eastleigh soared back in to a play-off position last Saturday as they comfortably beat Lincoln City 4-0 at the Silverlake Stadium despite missing three penalties.

It took just under a quarter of an hour before the visitors were reduced to ten men as Jon Nolan got sent off for a challenge on Will Evans that could of ended up a lot worse for the right back.

Moments later Eastleigh won a penalty when striker James Constable went down in the box which left new signing Brian Howard to step up and take penalty in his first start for the Spitfires.

However Howard tried to trick the opposition keeper Paul Farman with a chipped effort down the middle only for his shot to straight into the goalkeeper’s hands.

Despite this it didn’t take long for Richard Hill’s men to grab the lead, Evans done well to put in a dangerous ball for Jack Midson, and the former AFC Wimbledon striker got the all important touch to send Eastleigh into break 1-0 up.

Just nine minutes into the second half and the Spitfire’s top goalscorer, Constable, doubled Eastleigh’s lead after getting on the end of yet another Evans cross.

Midson claimed his brace two minutes later when Dan Spence drilled in a low cross and the striker made no mistake with the finish.

Eastleigh won yet another penalty as Midson stepped up in a bid for his hat-trick but Farman pulled off a good save to deny him and the Spitfires another goal.

Second half substitute Yemi Odubade then went down in the box and Evans who set up two goals in a great display for Eastleigh managed to put his penalty into the newly build stand.

There was still time for one more goal however as player/assistant manager Craig McAllister got on the score-sheet after receiving a pinpoint ball from Odubade.

The Spitfires now play away to West Yorkshire as they take FC Halifax Town in the Vanarama Conference.

Formed in 2008, after Halifax Town AFC went under after almost a 100 years of football, Neil Aspin’s men currently sit in 8th place.

Nicknamed The Shay, the side managed to pull off a brave 2-1 victory away to relegation threatened side Dartford on Tuesday, having played the match with nine fore more than 25 minutes.

Matt Pearson’s first half goal  and a Scott Boden penalty in the second half was just about enough to earn three points.

Halifax’s Midfielder Lois Maynard and defender James Bolton will not feature in tomorrow’s match due to receiving those red cards.

There will be a 10am pitch inspection for the match tomorrow so fans will have to keep an eye on the club’s official website for any updates.

Eastleigh Vs Macclesfield live on BT Sport on 28th February

Eastleigh Vs Macclesfield live on BT Sport on 28th February

Meanwhile Eastleigh’s match at home to Macclesfield Town on 28th February will be live on BT Sport.

This will be the Spitfires second appearance on the sports channel with their 1-0 home win against Aldershot earlier in the season being shown live.

The kick off of the match has now been changed to 12.45pm.