Ten-man Spitfires missed the chance to go give five points clear off of a play-off spot after a hot-tempered 3-0 defeat at home to Barnet in front of 1579 fans at The Silverlake Stadium.
Eastleigh manager Ben Strevens, who use to play for Barnet, was left empty handed as side could have climbed to fifth with a win.
On a wet and windy evening, The Spitfires enjoyed the best of chances in the opening ten minutes with some fine saves made by Barnet’s keeper Mark Cousins despite the visitors finding the net with a disallowed goal early on. Eastleigh was behind however after 24 minutes when Shaquile Coulthirst deflected in Callum Reynolds’ shot.
Just before half-time, Danny Hollands was shown a straight red for a heavy challenge on Craig Robson and Eastleigh coach Ross Flitney was then sent to the stands.
Seven minutes into the second half Ephron Mason-Clark headed in Harry Taylor’s half-volley.
Mason-Clark was involved in Barnet’s third also when he was fouled by Michael Green leaving Coulthirst to claim his brace from the penalty spot.
The Spitfires now take on AFC Fylde away on Saturday in what is looking like to be an important game for both sides with that all important play-off spot in contention.