Turley keeps Eastleigh’s play off hopes alive

Jai Reason netted a Eastleigh's first on Monday (photo by Tony Smith)

Jai Reason netted  Eastleigh’s first on Monday (photo by Tony Smith)


Richard Hill’s Spitfires bounced back with a crucial win on bank holiday Monday to put their play off hopes firmly back on track.

Eastleigh sit just two points behind 5th place Forest Green Rovers with a game in hand next Tuesday after a 2-1 away victory to Welling Untied.

Hill’s men got of to a flier when Jai Reason headed Eastleigh in front after just six minutes however that lead did not last long.

Harry Osbourne netted for Welling after the half hour mark as both sides went in to the break level.

With just 15 minutes to go it was left to defender Jamie Turley to put the Spitfires in front with a cool finish as Eastleigh held on to three vital points at Park View Road.

The Spitfires now take on relegation threatened Alfreton Town this Saturday at the Silverlake Stadium (3pm kick off) as Hill’s men look to get back to winning ways at home.
Previous meeting: The last time these two teams met was back in December as the Spitfires were unlucky not to take anything away from Derbyshire at North Street.
Cliff Byrne opened the scored for Alfreton before Jai Reason equalised midway through the first half with a deflected effort. Both teams were level until just ten minutes to go when Karl Hawley netted for the hosts to put the Reds 2-1 up.
Craig McAllister must of thought he scored the all important equaliser when he found the net two minutes later however it wasn’t to be for the Spitfires.
Dan Bradley’s 25 yard striker was powerful for Ross Flitney with a minute left on the clock as Alfreton took all three points on that occasion.
Opposition’s history: Reformed in 1959 after Alfreton Miners Welfare and Alfreton United joined forces, the Reds first joined the Central Alliance North Division One before joined the Midland Counties League.
The Midland League and the Yorkshire League merged in 1982 as Alfreton won the Northern Counties East League three times in five years before joining the Northern Premier League in 1988.
The club won the First Division and the Derbyshire Senior Cup in 2003 and essentially won promotion to the Conference North.
The North Street outfit then won the Conference North in 2011 ending a seven year stay in the Conference North.
Alfreton have reached the FA Cup second round twice including  a tie at home to Leyton Orient two seasons ago.
Opposition’s manager: Former Rotherham United defender Nicky Law has managed a number of clubs in his career.
Law managed Chesterfield in 2000 after a three year playing spell at the club in 1993.
After Chesterfield where he achieved promotion from Division Three,  Law went on to manage Bradford City as well a number of other clubs including Grimsby Town.
An impressive eight years has seen Law at Alfreton where he won the Conference North back in 2011.
Opposition’s form: Alfreton Town currently sit just above the drop zone after Monday’s 2-0 away defeat to Grimsby Town. The Red’s however were fortunate that Eastleigh beat Welling on Monday as it would of it been a lot closer in the relegation fight.
Alfreton have earned 10 points in their last eight away fixtures in the league prior to this game.
Top goalscorer: Karl Hawley who netted past Eastleigh in December is currently Alfreton’s top goalscorer this season with nine goals.
Aged 33, the striker has played for a number of clubs including Walsall, Carlisle United and Notts County.
Did you know? Alfreton Town defender Luke Graham played alongside Eastleigh’s Will Evans in defence during their Hereford United spell.