Spitfires slay Dragons

Riviere's decider meanders over the line. Photo: Graeme Horobin

Eastleigh claimed all three points yesterday in the Hampshire derby at the Camrose Stadium at Basingstoke. The game started slow with very few chances either way.

Injuries were sustained by two Basingstoke players in the first half and another four more players went down to stop play – so the game had a physical edge to it.

With Jamie Slabber scoring in his last three games, there was no real surprise that the ex Tottenham Hotspur striker opened the scoring today after 29 minutes

Eastleigh’s top scorer this season got the ball in the Basingstoke box and it looked like there would be no way on earth he would score from the position he was in, but hot shot Slabber curled the ball from the tightest of angles to score his 15th goal for the Spitfires.

With so many stoppages and injuries there was no real surprise when the fourth official announced there would be seven minutes added time. Anthony Riviere scored another goal for Eastleigh to make it 0-2.

The midfielder scored his second in two games by shooting from 20 yards which made on-loan Reading goal keeper Simon Locke stretch to get a hand on it, but it was not enough and the ball span in near slow-motion to pass the line with inches to spare. The linesman gave the goal which Basingstoke players and fans did not like.

Half-time: Basingstoke Town 0-2 Eastleigh.

Early in the second-half the Spitfires started in high spirits with a few chances but it was Basingstoke which opened the scoring with Matt Warner netting on the 60th minute putting the Spitfires under pressure for the rest of the second-half.

Chances went begging for Basingstoke after their goal but the Dragons never capitalized on their chances, the Eastleigh defence had to work incredibly hard to keep out the Basingstoke chances.

The last 20 or so minutes turned into to a very scrappy game with long balls flying everywhere and anywhere to keep away the danger and secure all three points.

Full-time: Basingstoke Town 1-2 Eastleigh

Ian Baird’s Spitfires sit in seventh place now with only one point separating them from fifth place with two games in hand and twelve points behind first placed Braintree who drew today 1-1 against Dartford.