Ian Baird’s Spitfires sent out a youthful side for there Hampshire Senior Cup third round tie at home to Evo-Stik Southern Division One Central outfit Fleet Town.
Eastleigh got of to the best of starts with Chris Flood doing well to set up Jordace Holder Spooner who made no mistake with a cool finish after just three minutes played.
Spooner then turned creator after the winger did very well to set up seventeen-year-old Sam Wilson who slotted away his first goal for the Eastleigh first team this season.
Eastleigh missed several chances with Danny Smith hitting the post after taking it past keeper Ryan Pryce.
Sam Wilson then scored his second of the game, one minute from the break with a superb effort on goal when the former Portsmouth youngster curled a right foot shot into the back of the net.
Chris Flood then scored a fantastic solo goal after taking it round several defenders and making no mistake with a cool finish.
The game finished 4-0 to the Spitfires however it could have been 10-0 as The Spitfires dominated possession throughout.
Eastleigh now play Hampshire rivals Havant & Waterlooville in the Blue Square Bet South at West Leigh Park n the 26th December (3PM kick off)
The Hawks have not got of to the best of starts this season as they sit in 15th place, (five places below Eastleigh) having won only six games this season in the league.
Havant & Waterlooville’s last game was away to Tonbridge Angels where they won 1-2 with Steven Ramsey and Ollie Palmer both netting for The Hawks which was enough to see them secure there first away win since August.
The last time these two teams met in the league was at The Silverlake Stadium and The Spitfires edged The Hawks with a 4-2 win last season.
Brett Williams (now at Reading and on loan to Rotherham United) put the Spitfires 1-0 up after a bit of individual skill, The young striker done well to intercept a poor pass and take it round goalkeeper Aaron Howe to score into an empty net.
Leon Cashman scored from the tightest of angles to equalise for The Hawks and the half got even worse for The Spitfires when Guiseppe Sole under hit shot found Mustafa Tiryaki (now at Tranmere Rovers) who made no mistake from six yards.
Eastleigh captain and former Havant & Waterlooville player Tom Jordan equalised for The Spitfires with an unstoppable header that gave goalkeeper Aaron Howe no chance.
In the last minute man of the match Brett Williams popped up with a fine header to put Eastleigh 3-2 up and sent the Eastleigh fans in raptures.
Brett Williams was then brought down in the area and former Havant and Waterlooville striker Jamie Slabber converted a cool penalty which added further salt to The Hawks wounds.
Twenty days later The Hawks did get some revenge in the Hampshire Senior Cup with a 1-5 win against a very youthful Eastleigh side which saw only two first team players.
Sam Wilson scored his first ever Eastleigh goal in a first team match however that goal was soon cancelled out with a brace from Guiseppe Sole, an own goal by Charlie Bailey, Wes Fodgen and Ian Simpemba who all helped towards to a win against Eastleigh however The Spitfires kept the league bragging rights.
The last time these two teams played at West Leigh Park was back in August last season and the game finished 2-2 for the third time running between these two teams at West Leigh Park.
Wes Fogden played a good ball to Sammy Igoe who gave Gareth Barfoot no chance with a powerful shot to put The Hawks 1-0 up, Igoe got booked for running up near to the Eastleigh fans and celebrating with a “I can’t hear you” celebration.
Jamie Brown was the fouled by Bobby Hopkinson in the area and the referee awarded a penalty for Eastleigh right on the stroke of half time.
Jamie Slabber who rarely misses from the spot, tucked away a cool penalty kick to equalise for The Spitfires.
The closing ten minutes saw two goals with Mustafa Tiryaki scoring a thunderous free kick what looked to be the winner for Havant & Waterlooville.
However in the last the last kick of the game, Richard Graham (now at Dartford) put in a great corner for Chris Holland to send his powerful header into the back of the net for what seemed a fair result.
Holland who signed for Havant & Waterlooville before the season started is suspended for this game after the centre back was shown a red card in a Hampshire Senior Cup third round tie against Wessex Premier League outfit Blackfield and Langley.
Hawks manager Shaun Gale told BBC Radio Solent his thoughts about the game.
“If we were to win both games then we’d go above them. That’s the incentive,
It’s going to be great because it means less travelling. Everyone wants to take local bragging rights.
Obviously they’ve been able to strengthen their squad and they’ve spent some big money on players and wages.
The likes of Damian Scannell and Mitchell Nelson from Bournemouth won’t be playing for peanuts.
But this is a tough, tough league and money doesn’t always buy you success and when you bring that calibre of player in the pressure is on.”
Eastleigh manager Ian Baird also use to manage Havant & Waterlooville as well assistant manager Shaun Wilkinson who also use to play for The Hawks.
Out of the last six games, Eastleigh have picked up an impressive thirteen points and are third in the form table (one point behind league leaders Woking).
The Hawks have picked up only nine points out of there last six games and sit in 11th place in the form table.
Eastleigh have only won three games out of ten away in the league this season and have not drawn any games however Havant & Waterlooville have won four out of ten games at home.
Spitfires fans would be delighted to know that Goalkeeper Jack Dovey will remain at The Silverlake Stadium until the end of the season on loan from Southampton Football Club.
Dave Malone announced on the fans forum.
“We have an agreement with Southampton FC to retain Jack until the end of the season, however SFC do have the right of immediate recall. We are very happy with this arrangement.”
This is great news for Eastleigh as the goalkeeper has made nine appearances having made one clean sheet (last Saturday) and The Spitfires have only conceded ten goals (excluding the penalty shoot out against Chippenham in The FA Trophy) since the arrival of Jack Dovey from Southampton.
Aldershot Town announced the departure of winger Graeme Montgomery who has been on loan at Eastleigh for three months- see here
This morning Dave Malone announced on the fans forum that the winger has signed a contract until the end of the season.
“We are pleased to confirm that Graeme Montgomery has signed a Contract with EFC until the end of the season.”
Monty has been a big part of our recent run of good form, and we look forward to that continuing. He will of course be in our squad for the game down the road on Boxing Day.”
Montgomery who has made seventeen appearances for Eastleigh has scored two goals for The Spitfires on his three month loan spell for the club.
Dave Malone also announced a new striker for Eastleigh however the identity of striker who cost Eastleigh a record bid will not be announced until 1st January 2012 and he also went on to say about ground improvements.
“All I can tell you is that we have agreed a Club record fee with another Club, and we have agreed terms with the player.
However, for Contractual reasons, we are not able to complete the transfer until after January 1st.
We would like to tell you more, but the other Club have asked that the matter remains unconfirmed until the transfer is satisfactorily concluded.
In respect of ground improvements – a full review of facilities will be implemented in the New Year.
This is exciting times for The Spitfires faithful fans that support the club day in and day out as much as they can.
This is going to be a great game to watch so come on down to West Leigh Park as roar on those Spitfires to a fourth straight win in all competitions.
Have a Merry Christmas and lets hope for a gift wrapped three points for The Spitfires.
COME ON YOU SPITFIRES!!!
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Match highlights of Eastleigh’s last game at West Leigh Park against Havant & Waterlooville in the 2010/2011 season by hawksfconline.
Photo by Tony Smith.
Match photos by Tony Smith of Eastleigh’s last game against Fleet Town in the Hampshire Senior Cup third round.