Eastleigh defeated at home to Braintree

Striker Jack Midson came close for Eastleigh (photo by Tony Smith)

Striker Jack Midson came close for Eastleigh (photo by Tony Smith)

Eastleigh’s first defeat under caretaker boss Chris Todd took place last Saturday as the Spitfires lost 2-0 at home to Essex side Braintree Town.

Todd couldn’t capitalise on his side’s 3-2 victory away to Wrexham the previous Saturday as Braintree scored one goal either half to secure their fifth away victory of the season at the Silverlake Stadium.

Just after the half hour mark experienced defender Dan Harding fouled Kenny Davis in his box for referee John Bushby to award a penalty.

Davis stood up and converted the penalty himself past young Eastleigh keeper Lewis Noice and sent side into the break with a one goal advantage.

Braintree doubled their advantage in the second half, this time on the hour mark, as Michael Creek got on the end of Dan Sparkes cross that essentially sealed all three points for the visitors.

Eastleigh’s Lee Cook and Jack Midson both had chances to reduce the deficit however the Spitfires couldn’t quite find the net as the match finished 2-0 to the visitors.

That result left Eastleigh 11th in the Vanarama National League as they look to get back to winning ways away to in form Tranmere Rovers on Saturday at Prenton Park.

The newly relegated Merseyside side smashed newly promoted Bromley at home on Saturday with braces from both Andy Mangan and Jonathon Margetts in a 4-0 victory.

Gary Brabin’s Rovers currently sit third in the league, just three points behind league leaders Forest Green Rovers, and will travel away to Wrexham tomorrow night (Tuesday 6th October) where they could essentially could go top of the league.