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Kieran James

NCTJ trained. Previously Assistant Community Reporter for The News, Portsmouth. Sport and gig reviews are my passion.

Spitfires look to bounce back

The Spitfires travel to fellow promotion candidates Ebbsfleet United tonight in the Blue Square Bet South league following two straight defeats in league and cup. The Fleet sit comfortably in fourth place in the league, five points more than Eastleigh; however The Spitfires have two games in hand. The Fleet’s last home game was against…

Eastleigh face key Trophy clash

Ian Baird’s Spitfires face Chasetown tomorrow in the FA Trophy third round. The winner of the match will receive £7,000 in prize money and a place in the Quarter Final draw Monday February 8. Both clubs come into this game having been beaten on their last outing. Eastleigh has not lost at home since November…

The Fleet sink Spitfires

Ian Baird’s Spitfires lost against Thurrock on Saturday at Ship Lane in what was the Spitfires first defeat since their 1-4 drubbing by Staines in November. The loss came as a shock for Spitfire fans as Eastleigh were in such fantastic form prior to the game and had won six league games on the trot.…

Sharp back while Spitfires face the Fleet

Neil Sharp. Photo by Dave Haines Director of football Dave Malone announced today that defender Neil Sharp had returned to Eastleigh for his third spell with the Spitfires: “We can now confirm that the signing of Neil Sharp is now complete, and he will be in the squad for the game at Thurrock tomorrow (Saturday)”…

Six of the Best!

The Spitfires travelled to St Albans City with new recruit Justin Bennett who signed on loan for Eastleigh until the end of the season from Gosport Borough. Two time leading Southern League Division South and West leading goal scorer Justin Bennett was due to play for Eastleigh at the start 2006/2007 but he got injured…

Spitfires light up Dorchester

After a fantastic FA Trophy win away to Worcester last Monday, Ian Baird’s Spitfires secured all three points today home to Dorchester Town. Chris Holland and Luke Byles returned to the starting line up with Jamie White released from the club. With both Jamie White and Brett Williams parting ways in a week, Ian Baird…

Eastleigh brush past Worcester

Eastleigh played the replay Monday January 17 with the match finishing 1-4 to the Spitfires. Eastleigh went into half time 1-0 down due to a Danny Glover goal for Worcester City. Shaun McAuley had the only chance for Eastleigh in the first half who saw his shot saved by Dave Parton. Tony Taggart equalised in…

Brett heads for Reading

Brett Williams signed a one and a half year contract today for Reading FC for £50,000. Along with the fee, director of football at Eastleigh, Dave Malone secured a pre season friendly against Reading. Speaking on the on the fans forum Dave Malone added that he would like to extend the contract of Ian Baird.…

Eastleigh make it five in a row

The Spitfires made it five in a row in all competitions at the Dripping Pan (Lewes) on Saturday. Ian Baird continued with his 4-5-1 formation and it paid off with a 4 -1 away win. Eastleigh took the lead after a uneventful opening 30 minutes with both clubs only having a couple of chances on…

Eastleigh away to Lewes

The Spitfires meet Lewes tomorrow (Saturday) in the Blue Square Bet South at the Dripping Pan. The Rooks sit in 20th place -worryingly in the relegation zone with only 12 points from the last 20 games. In contrast Eastleigh is sitting comfortably in eighth and are in very good form. Ian Baird’s Spitfires have won…

Eastleigh make it three in a row

Ian Baird’s Spitfires have won again in the Blue Square Bet South league to make it three in a row. This win was even sweeter as manager Ian Baird, assistant manager Matt Gray and four of the current Spitfires are all ex Havant and Waterlooville – and all contributed to Eastleigh’s win. Ian Baird named…

Spitfires win again!

The Spitfires have secured another excellent away result against fellow promotion candidate’s Farnborough. Eastleigh was behind within six minutes of the game but never gave up and had the determination to claim all three points with goals from Tommy Jordan on the 15th minute and also ex Farnborough player Tony Taggart who scored the winning…

Spitfires shoot down Seagulls

Ian Baird’s Spitfires defeated the ‘Seagulls’ (Weston-Super-Mare AFC) 0-2 at the Woodspring Stadium on Tuesday in their last game of 2010. Goals from Richard Graham on the 30th minute and a powering header from Ross Bottomley’s on the 45th minute secured Eastleigh a convincing away win that powers them into ninth place. Eastleigh are now…

Ex Saint Signs for Spitfires

Following Jamie Brown’s recent release another Jamie could help Ian Baird’s Spitfires with their promotion chances. Jamie White has signed for Eastleigh on a non contract basis having played for Eastleigh on loan in the 2009/2010 season. Director of football Dave Malone confirmed the signing on the fans forum saying: “The Club are delighted to…

Eastleigh Win Trophy Replay

Ian Baird’s Spitfires won the FA Trophy 1st Round replay on Tuesday night 0-4 and have picked up £5000 for their troubles. Goals from Chris Holland, Jamie Slabber, Tony Taggart -plus an own goal from ex Spitfire El-Salahi –has secured them a place in last 32. At the end of the match, former Eastleigh manager…