Eastleigh claim well earned point

Richard Hill’s Spitfires made it four games unbeaten yesterday at home to Gateshead as they earned a point and drew 1-1. With kids at a youth club only £1, it was a bumper crowd at The Silverlake Stadium. Eastleigh got off to the brighter of starts with a corner after 6 minutes but it came to nothing. It was a quiet game but The Spitfires had three corners back to back with San Matthews taking all three and although they were dangerous, Gateshead managed to weather the storm. Eastleigh were playing some good football and enjoying most of the possession however it wasn’t really coming to anything. Matt Tubbs was brought down after a half hour but it resulted in another corner and Ayo Obileye was unlucky not to get a good connection on his header as it deflected for a corner. Gateshead had a free kick with Mitch Brundle taking it however it was punched clear by Graham Stack. The Spitfires counter attacked as Tubbs had a speculative  effort going just over the bar. Paul Reid took a free kick in his own bid just before the break but it didn’t come to anything. Gateshead did have a corner but it went out for a goal kick and it remained 0-0 at half time. Eastleigh has a good chance after a couple minutes of the second half (see Twitter) just went over. Gateshead then scored a goal just under the hour mark (see twitter). Obileye responded quickly just after two minutes however and scored his second goal in a space of a week in striker fashion, a credit for a defender. With the scores level, The Spitfires looked to take the lead and they had a free kick halfway through the second half but the resulting ball in was deemed offside. Matt Tubbs was replaced by Scott Wilson as James Constable was replaced by Craig McAlister. It was a quiet second half once again but Eastleigh enjoyed much of the possession as Ryan Burgess got replaced by Ross Stearn. Stearn did have a free kick late on and Wilson had a chance but it finished 1-1.