Eastleigh manager Richard Hill resigns

Eastleigh manager Richard Hill resigns (photo by Tony Smith)

Eastleigh manager Richard Hill resigns (photo by Tony Smith)

Eastleigh manager Richard Hill has resigned following last night’s 5-2 home defeat against Dover Athletic.

A meeting this morning between Hill and owner Stewart Donald resulted in the Conference South winning manager to depart ways after more than three years being in charge at the Silverlake Stadium.

Hill achieved play-offs in the Spitfires’ first ever season in top-flight non-league football last season and  the former Queens Park Rangers assistant manager took Eastleigh to the second round of the FA Cup for the time in the club’s history.

It was noted on the club’s official website that Hill felt that the club would benefit from a fresh outlook and has made the decision solely in the best interests of the club regardless of any personal impact this may have on him.

The club also thanked Hill for all his efforts in the past stating that he delivered every target he was set at Eastleigh.

Gillingham defender Callum Davies signed on a months loan just before last night’s fixture and went straight into the starting 11.

However it took only 18 minutes before the visitors opened the scoring with Ricky Miller netting on the counter attack.

The Spitfires did respond well with Ross Lafayette getting on the end of superb cross to send the teams level at the break.

Just after the break Eastleigh defender Joe Partington fouled Stefan Payne in the box that resulted in a penalty for Nicky Deverdicks to convert.

Eastleigh did respond well and soon after Lee Cook scored a magnificent free kick from 25 yards out that levelled the teams once again.

Disaster struck however just after the hour mark when  goalkeeper Ross Flitney, who made his return from a broken wrist in pre-season, got sent off and conceded another penalty for Deverdicks to claim his brace.

Dover’s Tom Murphy then made it 4-2 later on before Miller got on the score sheet once again with a superb 35 yard effort in off the crossbar to add further insult to injury.

That result puts Eastleigh 11th in the Vanarama National League as they travel away to in-form Wrexham at the Racecourse Ground this Saturday (3pm kick off).

Spitfires defender and assistant manager Chris Todd will take over as caretaker manager for this fixture as the Spitfires will look to get back to winning ways after a disappointing five league games without a win.

The Welsh side currently sit comfortably in third in the Vanarama National league however they were held to a 0-0 draw at home to Grimsby last night.

Eastleigh have yet to beat Wrexham as Gary Mills’ side beat the Spitfires at home 3-0 nearly a exactly a year ago to the day however the return leg was more competitive finishing 2-2.

Meanwhile Eastleigh have announced an exciting free admission fixture to take place next month at the Silverlake Stadium.

Eastleigh will take on league leaders Forest Green Rovers on Tuesday, 13th October, and are seeking as many people from the area to turn up for the game and show their support for their local team.

Eastleigh Vs Forest Green Rovers, FREE admission game next month

Eastleigh Vs Forest Green Rovers, FREE admission game next month