Ben Strevens’ Spitfires beat Notts County 1-0 at home on Saturday at The Silverlake Stadium as Reda Johnson’s 13th minute goal was enough to secure all three points in front of 2,668 spectators.
Recently relegated County, who made six signings on Thursday after a takeover of the club was finally completed last week, were handed an early reality check in the Vanarama National League as Johnson headed Eastleigh in front after getting on the end of Jack Payne’s corner.
The visitors did have chances to level things up as the first half wore on, but they could not find a way past home goalkeeper Max Stryjek.
Shortly after a block by Johnson thwarted Nathan Tyson, Notts County were reduced to 10 men when Michael Doyle was sent off.
Debutant Damien McCrory followed Doyle down the tunnel in stoppage-time as Notts County went down to 9 men late on.
The match finished 1-0 Eastleigh as travel away to Yeovil Town on Tuesday evening.