Eastleigh cruise past Yate Town in FA Trophy First Round

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Eastleigh beat Yate Town 6-1 in the FA Trophy First Round using a mixture of senior and academy graduates at The Silverlake Stadium in front of 353 spectators.

Despite the low attendance, it was a  dominant display from the Spitfires booked a place in the FA Trophy Second Round.

Manager Ben Strevens made seven changes to the side that played in Tuesday’s Emirates FA Cup replay, as some returning faces and young stars were given a chance to impress.

Eastleigh threatened from the start, with Marcus Barnes testing himself and Reda Johnson coming close in the opening stages.

The deadlock was broken after 20 minutes of the first half as Tom Bearwish netted his fourth goal of the season – the young striker has now scored in every competition he has featured in so far.

The lead was doubled just moments later, as Jack McKnight marked his return from injury with a well taken finish.

McKnight rattled the crossbar 10 minutes later as Eastleigh pushed on in search of a wider lead.

a third did come from Barnes as the half drew to a close as a flowing move reached the Southampton loanee who drove into the box before cutting onto his left foot and unleashing a a fantastic strike. .

In the second half, in-form Scott Rendell added a fourth goal just seven minutes into the second half as a fifth goal came just after the hour mark as Smart got in on the act himself. Yate Town substitute Jack Twyman stabbed the ball underneath Ross Flitney to give the Southern Premier South side a consolation goal.

Charlie Seaman restored the five-goal margin moments later though, beating his man and drilling a cross that fizzed underneath the goalkeeper at the near post.

A successful day all round for the Spitfires who reached the Second Round of the FA Trophy for the first time in four seasons, and notch the eighth win in 10 games.

Eastleigh were earlier today drawn at home to Matlock Town or Chorley in the FA Trophu Second Round.

Ties will be played on Saturday 11 January 2020 and winning clubs in the second round will pick up £5250 from the prize fund with losing clubs collecting £1750.