Ronnie Moore’s Eastleigh were denied an FA Cup upset in front of a 3 million viewers on BBC 2 as League One side Swindon fought back to earn a replay.
The Spitfires had the honour of hosting the first televised FA Cup tie of the season, hoping to knock out Football League opposition in front of a National television audience non league clubs have done in the past.
Swindon, 35 places above their hosts, were close to a first half goal when Eastleigh keeper Ryan Clarke managed to pull off a great save to deny Luke Norris’ close-range header.
A total of just under 4,000 fans attended the game at The Silverlake Stadium as The Spitfires took the lead through former Sunderland striker Mikael Mandron who nodded in Jake Howells’ free-kick.
Eastleigh went wild when the France-born put them ahead after 64 minutes and it was what the deserved.
Eastleigh almost clinched a dramatic winner in injury-time when Ayo Obileye’s shot was cleared off the line by Brandon Ormonde-Ottewill.
The match ended 1-1 as Eastleigh will travel away to Swindon on 15th November for a replay however they will be in the hat for the Emirates FA Cup Second Round Draw.