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Maidstone 2-3 Eastleigh

Eastleigh continued their recent run of good form to come from 2-1 behind to win 3-2. Ayo Obileye scored twice for the Spitfires and Ryan Broom netted on his debut to make it seven games unbeaten for Andy Hessenthaler's side.

Here's what the Eastleigh manager had to say reflecting on the win: “I don’t think we played particularly well today, but you’ve got to give Maidstone credit, they’re a good footballing team.

“We gave them two goals first half.

"For the first one, the ball went out of play, but it doesn’t matter about that. Ayo’s held his hands up, you can’t give a ball back to Rosco (Flitney) like that and you can’t start games like that.

“Are we going to get a clean sheet this season? I’m not so sure.

“But if we keep winning games 3-2 and 4-3, I’ll take it all day long!

“We’re on a bit of a roll now and we’ll take full confidence to play Hartlepool at home on Saturday.

“If we keep doing that week in, week out until the end of the season, who knows?

“The lads are ta…
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Torquay 1-2 Eastleigh

Eastleigh secured back-to-back wins with a 2-1 win at Torquay to make it six games unbeaten. Ross Flitney saved a penalty late in the game to help preserve victory after goals from Sam Matthews and Gavin Hoyte for the Spitfires.

Reaction from Andy Hessenthaler and Ross Flitney:






Eastleigh 4-2 Guiseley

Eastleigh made it 8 points from 12 under new manager Andy Hessenthaler. The Spitfires triumphed in a pulsating game at the Silverlake winning 4-2 against Guiseley.

The Spitfires goals came from Cav Miley, Chris Zebroski, Mark Yeates and Callum Howe.

Eastleigh: Ross Flitney, Gavin Hoyte, Sam Wood, Danny Hollands, Andrew Boyce (Ayo Obileye, 32), Callum Howe, Bradley Hudson-Odoi (James Constable, 70), Cav Miley, Chris Zebroski, Mark Yeates, Sam Matthews (Sam Togwell, 84). Subs (not used): Craig McAllister, Frazer Shaw.

Referee: Adam Penwell.

Attendance: 2,001.
Reaction from Ben Strevens and Chris Zebroski:




Eastleigh 2-2 Woking

Eastleigh came from 2-1 down to rescue a point against 10-man Woking thanks to a late Callum Howe equaliser.

Reaction from Spitfires boss Andy Hessenthaler: “If we can’t defend as a team, we’re not going to win football matches. It’s as simple as that.

“It’s down to me whether I change things, not just personnel but shape, but I’m a big believer that it’s not about shape. This is about players and taking responsibility and today I thought we didn’t take responsibility at certain times.

“Our decision-making, not just today but over the season as a whole, has let us down. We’ve got to cut that out and start doing things better.

“The energy levels were good again, we had a go, and the pitch was difficult. They (Woking) are a younger team than us, they’ve got energy and they changed it around a bit, so give them credit. But ultimately it’s down to us.

“For the amount of experience we’ve got in that dressing room, these things shouldn’t happen.

“We’ve put that bit of extra pressure on ours…

Eastleigh 1-1 Torquay

Eastleigh drew 1-1 with Torquay on Boxing Day. After a goalless first half, the visitors took the lead through a Jamie Read penalty early in the second half. Torquay were then reduced to ten men before Cav Miley equalised for the Spitfires.


Dagenham & Redbridge 1-2 Eastleigh

Eastleigh got off to a winning start under Andy Hessenthaler securing a 2-1 win at Dagenham & Redbridge. The Spitfires came back from a goal down with Chris Zebroski and Paul McCallum both on the scoresheet.

Reaction and match tweets below:
🎙 REACTION | Andy Hessenthaler gave his assessment following today's dramatic victory against​ @Dag_RedFC!#Spitfires 🔵⚪️ pic.twitter.com/d9pQE7Ni2e — Eastleigh FC (@EastleighFC) December 23, 2017


Andy Hessenthaler replaces Richard Hill as manager

Andy Hessenthaler has replaced Richard Hill as Eastleigh manager, with Hill moving to a full-time director of football role.

Chief executive Mark Jewell commented: "Now seems to be a logical time to make the change. Richard brought ‘Hessy’ to the club at the start of the season.

"He has a great track record, is well liked and has fitted in extremely well. It goes without saying that we have every confidence in him.

"This will allow ‘Hilly’ to move full time into his role as director of football. There is a lot to do, both on and off the pitch, and I very much look forward to working with them both, in their new roles."

Richard Hill: “I’ve been trying to do two roles, but I was manager and I’ll take the blame for what’s happened on the pitch. Although perhaps the biggest thing I should be blamed for is leaving the club in the first place.

“But what happened in the two years after I left was not my fault and you can’t blame Stewart Donald either because all he’s ever …