Eastleigh were knocked out of the FA Cup in the fourth qualifying round on Saturday by Hampton and Richmond Borough at The Silverlake Stadium due to a late Chris Dickson goal.
The goal from Dickson came in the 85th minute and ends the Spitfire’s FA Cup run this year that lasted for just one game. Mark Yeates started to pressure early and saw his shot drag narrowly wide with keeper Tom Lovelock watching it go by. The Spitfires did however have the ball in the net in the 15th minute through Ben Williamson, but the goal was ruled offside.
Paul McCallum had narrowly missed from a Yeates cross just before the hour mark as the Spitfires failed to trouble the visitors from the National South as much as they would have liked. Eastleigh should have been ahead in the second with a wild goal-mouth scramble resulting in a corner but once again Lovelock was on hand to keep his side out. In the 85th minute the deadlock was broken by the visitors, as a loose ball in the box from Nigerian Danny Uchechi fell to Dickson who finished high past Flitney. Unfortunately the Spitfires couldn’t quite find an equaliser with Hampton and Richmond now facing Oldham Atheltic in the First Round of the FA Cup.
Despite Eastleigh keeper Max Stryjek being cup tied on Saturday, the Sunderland keeper has now extended his loan until 22nd December having kept three clean sheets in his one month spell. Eastleigh take on FC Halifax own on Saturday in the look of getting over their early FA Cup exit.