Eastleigh get Stourbridge in the FA Cup 2nd Round

Captain Ben Strevens fires Eastleigh into the second round of the FA Cup

Captain Ben Strevens fires Eastleigh into the second round of the FA Cup (photo by Paul Paxford).

Eastleigh have been drawn away to Northern Premier League side Stourbridge in the FA Cup second round that is due to take place on the weekend beginning 5th December.

The West Midlands side reached this round having beat Dover Athletic away on Saturday.

Eastleigh managed to book their place in the hat for the second round after upsetting the odds and beating League One outfit Crewe Alexandra on Saturday away in front of 3,008 spectators.

The Spitfires were on top throughout the game and could of easily went in front before the break with Yemi Odubade’s shot getting cleared of the line by Crewe’s Ben Nugent.

Odubade had yet another chance just before the half time whistle however the hosts keeper Ben Garratt made a point black save to keep the sides level.

Garratt however went from hero to zero just after the hour mark as the keeper brought down the ever lively Odubade just outside the box and referee Carl Boyeson shown a straight red.

Chris Todd’s men did get their reward eventually with just 15 minutes to go as second half substitute Ross Lafayette was fouled in the box by substitute keeper Dan Nizic.

Captain Ben Strevens made no mistake with the spot kick and sent the near 300 travelling Eastleigh fans into raptures.

A brave and professional display then made sure Eastleigh saw out the 1-0 victory against the rock bottom League One side and gave the Spitfires a spot in the FA Cup second round for only their second time in history.

Todd’s men now travel to high flying Dover Athletic tomorrow night at the Crabble Athletic Ground who have only lost once their last ten league games and currently sit nicely in third place.

Chris Kinnear’s men did however get knocked out of the FA Cup on Saturday as they failed to beat a side two leagues below them – Stourbridge, the Spitfires’ opponents in the next round.

After going 1-0 down early, the Whites managed to equalise after the half hour mark however Stourbridge killed the game off with 20 minutes to go after Karl Hawley converted a penalty.