Spitfires take on Gateshead after first defeat this season

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Defender Will Evans scored in tonight’s Hampshire Senior Cup fixture (photo by Tony Smith)

A third minute penalty lead to Eastleigh’s first defeat of the season last Saturday as Richard Hill’s men came away from Barrow with nothing.

Spitfires’ defender Jamie Turley fouled Jason Walker in the box and the striker coolly converted from the spot.

Coincidently it was Walker who cruelly scored a last second winner against Eastleigh in the FA Cup first round just under six years ago.

Ross Lafayette, James Constable and Joe Partington all had chances to equalise however the hosts defence made sure of a home victory and it was costly points lost for Eastleigh who sit second in the Vanarama Conference.

Looking to reduce the seven point gap at the top, Hill’s men now take on another tough opposition Gateshead  this Saturday at the Silverlake Stadium (3pm kick off) who sit just in the play-offs in fifth place.

Malcolm Crosby’s men were getting off to flier this season before they travelled away to Bromley at the weekend as the league’s newcomers certainly showed they are no push overs.

Three late second half goals was enough for the hosts to beat Gateshead a convincing 3-0 as the Tynesiders would of been dissapointed with result.

The Tyne and Wear club were unbeaten in five games up until that result that included a 2-0 home victory to Lincoln City.

Saturday’s fixture is already scheduled to be Eastleigh’s biggest attendance this season with the fixture being named as one of the club’s community matches.

Meanwhile a youthful Eastleigh side saw off Cove tonight in the Hampshire Senior Cup second round at the Silverlake Stadium.

Goals from defender Will Evans, Harrison Weeks and Jack Alexander ensured the Spitfires go through to the next round comfortably.