Eastleigh through to first round of FA Cup after 4-2 win at home to Welling United

Man of the Match Scott Rendell scores twice from the spot as Eastleigh proved to be too strong against Welling United to secure a spot in the First Round proper of the FA Cup away to Stourbridge. 

Ben Strevens made several changes from Saturday’s 0-0 at Park View Road. With Michael Green and Marcus Barnes missing out through injury and Tyrone Barnett dropping to the bench, the door opened for Tom Bearwish to make his first start of the season alongside Ben Williamson. Charlie Seaman also started following his appearance at the weekend.

The first chance of the match came early on as Rendell had the ball in the back of the net for what would have been his first Eastleigh goal, but the linesman was quick to raise the flag for offside and the same happened two minutes later when the ball was in the back of the net again but ruled out.

Smart linked up with Williamson, who in turn played it into Rendell who then squared it to Bearwish for what would have been a lovely team goal but for the offside flag.

Just after the 10 minute mark, Bearwish had the ball cleared off the line, but drove into the box again seconds later, and was cynically brought down and a penalty was awarded. Expert penalty taker Scott Rendell stepped up, and made no mistake by sending Wilks the wrong way.

10 minutes later, Welling found the equaliser. A free-kick on the halfway line was floated in by Jack Jebb, for Adam Coombes to flick a header past Stryjek to pull the scores level.

Another 10 minutes later, the Spitfires retook the lead. Payne’s cross was flicked on by Hollands for Atkinson to power a header which Wilks got a hand to, but Williamson ran in to head the ball into the empty net.

A few minutes into the second half, Eastleigh were handed a chance to extend the lead, following a handball from Okosieme. Scott Rendell stepped up again and slotted itinto the corner for his second of the match.

Five minutes later, Eastleigh had their fourth. Academy graduate Tom Bearwish slid in at the back post to meet Smart’s pinpoint cross to all but guarantee the Spitfires a trip to Stourbridge.

Another Eastleigh academy graduate made his FA Cup debut. Ben Scorey replaced Tom Bearwish with 10 minutes to go as the Spitfires looked to see their three goal lead to the end.

Lewis Waterfield made his FA Cup debut soon after, replacing the Jack Payne, who seemed to have taken a knock.

Anthony Cook pulled a goal back with five minutes to go- a cross-shot that deceived Stryjek and flew in.

Eastleigh managed to see it out for a comfortable 4-2 win as they take on Stourbridge in the next round on 9th November

The Spitfires are back to league action on Saturday as they are away to Woking.