Eastleigh begin pre-season with win


Eastleigh began their pre-season friendly campaign away to AFC Stoneham with a 2-0 win on Tuesday night just over a mile away from their back yard. Chris Todd named himself among the squad for the match that included a mixture of new signings, trialists and first team players. Trialists former Bournemouth midfielder Josh Carmichael started while Brentford striker Courtney Austin came on in the second half. Jai Reason started for the Spitfires while Todd handed debuts to new signings Adam Dawson and Scott Wilson. After a scrappy opening 15 minutes it was the hosts that had the first real chance with John Cole going close for the Purples. Eastleigh’s Wilson was looking lively and after a while his dominance and pace paid off with a well taken goal to give The Spitfires the lead. Just moments later academy graduate Tony Lee could of been on the scoresheet again despite a goal line clearance the striker was denied once again after. After a defensive area, the hosts were forced to concede a penalty only for Lee place the penalty into Sam Whieldon’s gloves who made a great save. Sergio Caballero could of equalised late on  for AFC Stoneham in the first half but his free kick failed to trouble young keeper Mark Childs. Matt Palmer also had a chance but his tight angled shot narrowly hot the side netting. Yemi Odubade came on in the second half for Eastleigh which injected some pace in to the field. Assistant manager Ben Strevens also came on however it was Carmichael that nearly shined with his powerful shot only just missing the target. Other trialist Austin then came on shown a lot of promise with some lively runs. Eastleigh finally doubled their lead with Odubade finding the net with some great foot work as he almost dribbled the ball in the net. AFC Stoneham had a lot of fight in them however and Callum Boyle nearly lobbed Eastleigh’s second half keeper Jimmy Todd. The hosts managed to get a penalty which they deserved however John Cole couldn’t convert from the spot despite Dan Spreadbury nearly following up the rebound. The Spitfires will take the rest of their squad away to Oxfordshire’s Banbury United on Thursday (7.45pm) for where you can expect more first team players as well as youth and trialists.