Eastleigh push for play-off spot

Jack Midson scored a brace on Tuesday

Jack Midson scored a brace on Tuesday (photo by Tony Smith)


It has been an incredible week for Eastleigh with away victories at Bristol Rovers and Kidderminster Harriers which has shaped them nicely in contention of a play-off spot.

The Spitfires have won their last four league games and now they take on Barnet at the Silverlake Stadium on Saturday (3pm kick off) which is set to be another bumper crowd.

Richard Hill’s men managed to pull of an amazing upset last Saturday as they finally beat a Bristol Rovers side who were unbeaten in 20 league games.

Left back Michael Green opened the scoring for Eastleigh after just seven minutes with a free kick that crept into the back of the net from some distance that gave the Spitfires a one goal advantage at half time.

Jack Midson found the net from close range just after the hour mark for Eastleigh that doubled their lead and despite a late home goal from Matt Taylor, Hill’s men held on to three vital points.

Eastleigh then remarkably beat Kidderminster Harriers away the following Tuesday having went one goal behind early on in one of their games in hand on fifth place Forest Green Rovers.

On loan defender Joe Partington scored an own goal for Kidderminster that gave the hosts a one goal lead at half time however the Spitfires soon fought back in the second half.

That man Jack Midson scored two goals in the space of seven minutes just before the hour mark and suddenly Eastleigh were in control.

In form attacking midfielder Jai Reason also had a say on the game with a well placed free kick that killed the game off and allowed the Spitfires to take home all three points.

Hill’s men now have the luxury of a home fixture they set to take on another tantalising fixture against second place Barnet.

Martin Allen’s men recently lost at home to fellow play-off rivals Forest Green Rovers last Saturday 3-1 with the league’s top goal scorer John Akinde scoring Barnet’s only goal from the penalty spot early on.

Despite taking an early lead in the league, Barnet have lost four of their last seven league games however the game is sure to be well balanced.