Just four days after a 4-2 loss to Welling United The Spitfires demolished Staines Town 0-5 on Saturday with Eastleigh’s top goalscorer Jamie Slabber scoring four and Midfielder Shaun McAuley scoring a 35 yard power shot.
Three days later, Ian Baird’s Spitfires now face a much tougher task against Hampshire rivals Farnborough at The Silverlake Stadium in the league. Farnborough sit in second place, five places ten points ahead of Eastleigh, however the Spitfires do have one game in hand on The Yellows.
Farnborough have won five and drawn one out of their last six previous games and The Spitfires have won three, lost two and have drawn one out of their last last six games. The Spitfires have kept six clean sheets (two of them being at home) and have failed to score three times (two of them being at home) out of their last twenty previous games.
The Yellows have kept seven clean sheets (three of them being away) and have failed to score once (which was at home) out of their last twenty games. The last time the two sides met was at Rushmoor Stadium.
On that occasion Farnborough took the lead in the 6th minute only for captain Tommy Jordan to score a powering header to equalise. It wasn’t until the 77th minute when former Farnborough Town (Farnborough’s previous name) midfielder Tony Taggart scored the winner for The Spitfires which saw Farnborough’s eight match unbeaten home league run come to an end.
Farnborough’s top league scorer are Bradley Bubb – who was substituted in for Ibe in the 30th minute on Saturday and also scored against Eastleigh four months ago – and Kezie Ibe.
Both have scored 15 league goals. Farnborough’s last league game was against Bromley which finished 2-2 with midfielder Jack King scoring both of The Yellows goals, ending a five match winning streak. However Farnborough’s Jamie Stevens conceded a penalty in which Bromley converted in the first minute and Farnborough’s Paul Booth missed a penalty after a poor effort as Bromley’s goalkeeper saved it.
This is a vital game for The Spitfires so come on down at Stoneham Lane and roar the Spitfires into a play-off spot.