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Monday, 26 September 2016

FREE Football: Eastleigh v Maidstone - 4th October

Eastleigh's next home game on Tuesday 4th October v Maidstone United (19:45 kick off at the Silverlake Stadium) is free entry for everyone! 

Take advantage of this generous offer from the club and get behind Ronnie Moore's in-form Spitfires.

Eastleigh chairman Stewart Donald said: "Tuesday 4th October at Home to Maidstone has been designated as our free game this season. 

"Every time we have done a free game we have managed to attract new fans who have gone on to become regulars and season ticket holders. 

"Every attendance has also increased, so please spread the word and help us get as many new faces down the Silverlake as possible as we look to add to the Spitfire family.

"Season tickets are still going well and we are approaching 1200. 

"Hopefully we may just sell a few more with a good performance and a free night."

Moore: "One of the best goalkeeping displays I have ever seen"

Eastleigh boss Ronnie Moore was delighted with the debut of goalkeeper Ryan Clarke, who played a vital role in helping the Spitfires secure a 2-1 victory over Sutton United, keeping the impressive run of form going in the process.

Clarke, who signed from AFC Wimbledon, made some crucial saves in the second half, none more so than keeping out a late penalty which could have seen Sutton level.

Moore described Clarke's performance as “one of the best goalkeeping displays I have ever seen."

“But for the keeper, we lose the game, no doubt about it. He’ll be disappointed with the one he let in, but the saves he made were fantastic.

“Apparently he’s got a good record on penalties, so I was justified really in putting him in there.

“I’m just disappointed we’re hanging on at home and we shouldn’t be. We should have been out of sight.

“Fair dos to Sutton, they had a good go, they’re a decent team.

“When they throw six (players) against our back four it’s very difficult and that’s when you’ve got to punish sides on the counter-attack and we didn’t do that.

“The last ten or 15 minutes we were bang under the cosh and the keeper’s made some wonder saves.”

Speaking of his own performance, Ryan Clarke said: “It’s been tough on and off the pitch for me. To finish off with three points is perfect.

“I never wanted to drop out of the League – especially League One – but hopefully I’ve taken a step back to go two steps forward with Eastleigh.”

Eastleigh: Ryan Clarke, Joe Partington, Jason Taylor, Michael Green, Reda Johnson, Ryan Cresswell, Jake Howells, Jai Reason, James Constable (Ryan Bird, 88), Mikael Mandron, Luke Coulson. Subs (not used): Ryan Huddart, Adam Dugdale, David Pipe, Ryan Bird, Jamie Cureton.

Sutton Utd: Ross Worner, Kevin Amankwaah, Dan Wishart, Jamie Collins, Simon Downer, Craig Eastmond, Roarie Deacon, Ryan Burge (Ross Stearn, 64), Bedsente Gomis, Dan Fitchett (Bradley Hudson-Odoi, 68), Maxime Biamou (Chris Dickson, 68) . Subs (not used): Louis John, Dan Spence.

Referee: Constantine Hatzidakis

Attendance: 2,853

Moore in awe of Eastleigh saviour Clarke

EASTLEIGH fans have witnessed some eye-catching debuts this season as the winds of change blow through the Spitfires squad. But even new crowd favourites Reda Johnson and Mikael Mandron would struggle to compete with goalkeeper Ryan Clarke's remarkable impact in yesterday's hair-raising 2-1 National League victory over Sutton United.

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Clarke's debut to remember - Eastleigh 2-1 Sutton United

Eastleigh made it eight games unbeaten and are yet to lose a game under the leadership of boss Ronnie Moore and his assistant Kevin Watson.

Goalkeeper Ryan Clarke had a debut to remember as he made save after save and crucially kept out a late Sutton penalty to ensure Eastleigh held on to all three points.

The Spitfires went 2-0 up early in the second half as Luke Coulson popped up with two goals in as many minutes. It was his third goal in two games as Coulson also netted the winner in Eastleigh's last game away at Macclesfield.

The visitors pulled a goal back to set up a tense finale with a strike from Ross Stearn.

As Sutton increased the pressure they won a penalty and the chance to level the game late on and take a point.

Ryan Clarke, whose performance in goal for Eastleigh was hailed as "one of the best goalkeeping displays" that his boss Ronnie Moore had ever seen, made an excellent stop to deny Sutton a share of the spoils to keep out Gomis' spot kick.

Clarke proved to be the difference in the end, with a stunning performance between the sticks to help secure victory over former Eastleigh manager Paul Doswell's Sutton.

Clarke's debut to remember - Spitfires unbeaten run continues with 2-1 win over Sutton (with images, tweets) · eastleighfc

Eastleigh 2-1 Sutton United

Saturday, 24 September 2016

Moore discusses goalkeeping situation

Some comments from Ronnie Moore on his goalkeeping options following the signing of Ryan Clarke, and his hopes that Ross Flitney will stay to fight for his place.

Make your mind up time for Eastleigh 'keeper Flitney

NEW goalkeeper Ryan Clarke will be drafted straight into Eastleigh 's side for Saturday's intriguing National League showdown against the man who began the Spitfires' fairytale rise up the football pyramid. Clarke, signed from League One outfit AFC Wimbledon, will be the last line of defence against former Silverlake boss Paul Doswell 's newly-promoted Sutton United.

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Jamie Cureton signs for Eastleigh

Eastleigh have completed the signing of veteran striker Jamie Cureton.

Cureton has a wealth of experience having played over 750 professional games, with a goal-scoring tally of more than 250.

Jamie, 41, was playing and scoring goals in League Two only last season with Dagenham & Redbridge.

The former Norwich, Bristol Rovers, Reading and QPR striker has been prolific over the course of his career and will be looking to add to the attacking options for Ronnie Moore's Spitfires. 

He will join a pool of strikers which include this season's top goalscorer Mikael Mandron, last season's top scorer James Constable along with the recently signed Ryan Bird and summer signing Scott Wilson, who is currently injured.

Cureton spoke of his delight upon signing for Eastleigh: “I am delighted to be joining Eastleigh.

"It’s a club on the up with ambitions to get into the Football League and, with the squad and management team they have in place, it’s something I believe can happen this season.

"I’ll be looking to add to the group and hopefully we'll achieve what we all want, promotion come the end of the season.

"I would like to thank everyone at the club for making this move happen, I know it’s not been easy.”

The Spitfires boss Ronnie Moore added: "Jamie is and has always has been a goalscorer.

"We are a striker down with Scott Wilson having a hamstring injury.

"Jamie will give us goals. I see him as being an impact player.

"He can be the difference between us winning games. His goals can take us where we want to be come the end of the season.”

Jamie Cureton signs for Eastleigh (with images, tweets) · eastleighfc

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