Eastleigh announce pre-season schedule

Eastleigh Football Club confirmed yesterday their opponents for pre-season ahead of the 2019/20 Motorama National League Season.

Ben Strevens will initially take his side to Blackfield and Langley FC on Saturday 6th of July at the Gang Warily Ground. Last season Blackfield and Langley won the Southern League Division One title during the 2018/19 season and will compete in the seventh tier of English football in 2019/20.

Then The Spitfires will travel to Slough Town FC on Tuesday 9th of July, who compete in the Motorama National League South. Last season The Rebels finished 11th in the league. In 2017/18 they faced Rochdale in the FA cup second round, losing 4-0.

On Saturday 13th of July there is expected to be a home fixture, the opponents will be confirmed in the near future.

Tuesday 16th July will see the Silverlake Stadium playing host to League One Oxford United. Karl Robinson led The U’s to a 12th place finish in the third tier last season.

AFC Stoneham then await The Spitfires on Friday 19th of July at The HP Arena in Eastleigh. In 2018/19, AFC Stoneham played their league football in the Sydenhams Wessex League Division One, and were promoted as champions last season, winning the league on goal difference.

Ben Strevens will then lead his side to Salisbury FC, who play in the Evo Stik Southern League Divison One, on Tuesday 23rd of July. The Whites are managed by former Portsmouth Striker Steve Claridge. Salisbury made it to the play off semi finals last season before losing to the Metropolitan Police.

Eastleigh will return to Westleigh Park to face Havant and Waterlooville on Saturday the 27th of July. Havant, who were relegated from the National League last season, parted company with long serving manager Lee Bradbury. He has been replaced by The Hawks with former Eastleigh and Sutton manager Paul Doswell.

Finally Eastleigh will host Southampton U23’s at the Silverlake Stadium on Tuesday 30th July. Radhi Jaidi led his young charges to promotion from Premier League 2 to Premier League 1, coming out victorious in the play-offs.

FULL SCHEDULE

Saturday 6th July: Blackfield & Langley (A)

Tuesday 9th July: Slough Town (A)

Saturday 13th July: Expected fixture TBA (H)

Tuesday 16th July: Oxford United (H)

Friday 19th July: AFC Stoneham (A)

Tuesday 23rd July: Salisbury FC (A)

Saturday 27th July: Havant & Waterlooville (A)

Tuesday 30th July: Southampton U23 (H)

All fixtures are subject to change.