Eastleigh lose away to Dover

Goals from James Alabi and Connor Essa made sure Richard Hill’s Spitfires came away with nothing at Dover yesterday as the Kent side remained top of the National League table.

Eastleigh’s Mark Yeates almost gave the Hill’s side the lead when his free-kick looked like being deflected past Mitch Walker, but instead it was Dover who broke the deadlock.

When Mitchell Pinnock’s long throw confused Eastleigh’s defence, on-loan Tranmere striker Alabi got his head to the ball and netted his first goal for the club.

Eastleigh’s top goalscorer this season Ben Williamson came close to equalising before half-time, but Walker made a low save.

Nortei Nortey had an effort deflected away following the restart and, in the 58th minute, Dover doubled their lead as Essam smashed home after his initial attempt was saved.

Dover remained well on top and Femi Ilesanmi almost rubber-stamped the outcome with a powerful drive that clattered the advertising boards.

Eastleigh take on Barrow at home this Saturday to try and get back to winning ways.