Spitfires sign Saints goalie

Jack Dovey

Ian Baird’s Spitfires have signed N’Power Championship goalkeeper Jack Dovey from Southampton on loan.

Eastleigh’s Director of Football announced on the fans forum today:

“We are pleased to confirm that we hope to complete the loan signing today of goalkeeper Jack Dovey from Southampton FC.

Assuming the formalities are completed, Jack will join the squad for our game at Thurrock on Saturday (Kick-off 3.00pm).”

This signing is a boost for Saturday’s Blue Square Bet South game away to Thurrock at Ship Lane as it will give Ian Baird a tough decision whether to keep Gareth Barfoot in goal.

The Spitfires were shocked on Monday night when Chelmsford City hit The Spitfires with three good goals in the first twenty minutes.

Greg Morgan opened the scoring for The Clarets on the 8th minute with a well taken goal, four minutes later Captain Adam Tann put The Clarets two goals up with a great header.

Aiden Palmer finished off The Spitfires with a corner that went straight in off the cross bar, Eastleigh managed to keep the Chelmsford attack out for the rest of the game however it was a one sided game.

The Spitfires will try and forget that night on Saturday when they play The Fleet, Thurrock are the lowest goalscorers in the league however Eastleigh have only scored one more goal than The Fleet this season.

The Fleet have signed The only way is Essex star Mark Wright following this game, The former Southend United defender has been at a number of non league clubs including Crawley Town and Bishop’s Stortford.

The last time these two teams met at Ship Lane, the match finished 2-1 to Thurrock with Jamie Slabber opening the scoring.

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Goals from Kenny Clarke and Jamie Richards from the penalty spot ended Eastleigh’s unbeaten run of twelve games and a six game winning streak.

The Spitfires did get revenge on Thurrock three months later when they won 3-1 at The Silverlake Stadium.

Chris Holland (now at Havant and Waterlooville) opened the scoring on that occasion with a great strike on goal.

Captain Tommy Jordan then doubled Eastleigh’s lead with a close range effort to put The Spitfires 2-0 up.

Lee Boylan then got one back for the visitors only for Tony Taggart (now at Sutton United) to score the third for Eastleigh with a great half-volley.

The Fleet lost there last home game 0-3 on Tuesday night however they have not won at home this season and have only managed to get two points this season at Ship Lane.

This is a big game for The Spitfires so come and support The Spitfires tomorrow at Ship Lane,