Eastleigh lose 1-0 to Southampton U23s

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Ben Strevens’ Spitfires lost their final pre-season friendly 1-0 to Southampton U23s tonight at The Silverlake Stadium before facing Notts County on Saturday at home in the Vanarama National League.

Southampton U23s came the closest in the first 15 minutes with Dan Nlundulu narrowly missing. Sam Smart whipped in a promising ball for Eastleigh moments later but it came to nothing.

Smart went attacking again with a similar chance this time Eastleigh’s trialist had his shot deflected. 

Eastleigh’s Jack McKnight found Rob Atkinson moments who narrowly missed with a header. Eastleigh were on the upper hand as McKnight whipped in another ball to Southampton’s keeper Harry Lewis.

Eastleigh’s Joe Partington whipped in a great ball but the trialist couldn’t quite beat the keeper. 

Smart was very dangerous once again down the right wing but Ben Williamson couldn’t quite connect with his effort. 

Eastleigh’s Cavaghn Miley had a tame header saved but it was all positive for The Spitfires in the first half. Some great play saw the trialist once again in within the action as he eventually had a shot outside the box but he skied it over. 

McKnight done brilliantly and nearly chipped the keeper  but couldn’t finish as moments later he then whipped in a free kick but the trialist couldn’t finish with the header. 

Atkinson then had a great header saved off the line by keeper Lewis who played really well throughout the half. 

Southampton’s Marcus Barnes came close down the left wing but fired over before Eastelgh’s Flitney avoided a potential banana skin as came out and missed a touch when despite the opposition missing an open goal and hit the post. 

Southampton finished the half strong as Barnes missed a header close range.but it finished 0-0 half time 

Eastleigh were on the attack again early in the second half and Miley had a chance on goal 5 mins into the half but it was blocked. 

Danny Hollands missed an open goal from a tight angle for Eastleigh as Southampton’s captain Tom O’Connor headed to clear. Southampton’s Callum Slattery crossed a ball in but came to nothing.

Flitney made a great save from Southampton’s Tyreke Johnson close range but the  game started to die down a little approaching the half hour mark as it remained 0-0. 

Southampton finally broke the deadlock however with a great attack finished by Nlundulu following great attacking play. 

Southampton had another corner as Kameron Ledwidge went down injured.before Johnson came close but was successfully put off by the Eastleigh defence 

Second half substitute Scott Randell wasn’t particular promising on the evening as the game finished 1-0 Southampton with no stoppage time after the visitors passed along nicely until the final whistle.