Eastleigh set for big FA Cup clash

Craig McAllister's goal made it 3-0 last Saturday

Craig McAllister’s goal made it 3-0 last Saturday (photo by Tony Smith)

Richard Hill’s Spitfires are set to play in front of the big stage once again on Saturday as they play in the FA Cup first round for only the second time in history.

Fellow Vanarama Conference side Lincoln City are the club that is in the way of Eastleigh creating history as Hill’s men have never reached the 2nd round before.

The tie will take place at the Silverlake Stadium (3pm kick off) where it has been something of a fortress for Eastleigh this season.

With the Spitfires enjoying life in the top tier of non-league football, fans would be more than pleased with their home record this season as they remain unbeaten and are top of the home form table.

Last weekend they added to that great form with yet another victory at home as they brushed aside Chester in what was a close encounter at the end.

The Spitfire enjoyed a one goal lead at half time  through Ben Strevens with a shot coming from a rebound midway through the first half as Eastleigh’s captain Dean Beckwith and Chester’s Matty Hughes both got sent off shortly after.

Stuart Fleetwood doubled Eastleigh’s lead on the hour mark with a well placed penalty after Jai Reason went down in the box and Craig McAllister made it three just five minutes later.

It looked clear sailing for Hill’s men however with just 10 minutes left,  the visitors started to make a comeback with Sean McConville and Kingsley James both scoring late on.

Eastleigh though managed to hold on to all three points which has given them a boost running into the game on Saturday as they sit nicely in eighth place with just four points separating them from second place.

Running up to the FA Cup clash Lincoln’s manager Gary Simpson has been put on gardening leave so Chris Moyses and Grant Brown have both been given the role as joint-caretaker managers.

Lincoln beat Alfreton Town 5-1 in their 4th qualifying round replay to get to this stage of the game however they had trouble getting a point on Tuesday in the league as they went down to Altrincham 2-1 at home.

Striker Connor Robinson salvaged a goal on the night however it wasn’t enough and the Imps currently sit six points below Eastleigh in 13th having played two more games this season.