EASTLEIGH V HAVANT AND WATERLOOVILLE
SATURDAY 29TH APRIL 2006
This season’s final game came on a bright sunny afternoon against local rivals Havant and the party started off well enough for Eastleigh when Dave Town scored early on but things started to go wrong when Wayne Shaw picked up an injury and Havant went on to ensure Eastleigh’s season would end with a heavy defeat. This game aside, it has been an absolutely brilliant first campaign in the Conference South.
In the first minute of the game, Andy Forbes was given a glorious chance to open the scoring when Martin Thomas flicked the ball through to the clubs top goalscorer but his effort was straight at the keeper.
Eastleigh continued to pressure and Rob Marshall who scored an 89th minute winner at Lewes last week came close to scoring when a corner ball from Hodgson found Dave Town at the back post who did well to keep the ball in play to cushion it towards Marshall who acrobatically volleyed just wide of goal.
Eastleigh Res. 3-0 Horley Town
SUBURBAN SOUTH LEAGUE - 22/04/2006
LINE UP: Lee Cozens, Craig Martin (Gilham), Sam Stannard, Dan Brunnen, Ryan Woodford (c), Toure Mamadouba (Weston), Dan Smith, Chris Hall, Zach Glasspool (Simpson), Brett Williams, Scott Vidler.
SUBS: Ben Simpson, Andy Weston, Scott Gilham
1. Eastleigh's early pressure resulted in them taking the lead. Dan Smith won a free kick on the right flank which Scott Vidler played deep to the back post where Ryan Woodford headered the ball against a Horley player to gain a corner. From it Dan Smith and Toure Mamadouba linked up well to set up BRETT WILLIAMS who showed a good strikers instinct to cooly flick the ball home with the outside of his boot from six yards out. 1-0. This was a great start bearing in mind Eastleigh only needed a point to gain promotion.
18. The only chance the visitors had was a fairly speculative effort which nearly caught Eastleigh keeper Lee Cozens off guard. The ball sat up nicely for Russell Farr…
A hard working, motivated Gosport side were more than a match for their supposedly superior opposition in an Eastleigh team that contained a number of second string players.
The home side were probably clear favourites going into the tie and were it not for squandering half a dozen chances in a good spell of play after half time then they would not have lost their chance to get their hands on the silverware they picked up last season.
The warning signs were out for Eastleigh after Gosport struck a post inside the first minute of the game with Alan Walker-Harris beaten in what was a lively start to the game from the visitors.
Probably Eastleigh’s best player on the night, Adam Roberts, had some good runs early on as his great dribbling skills and pace helped him to a couple of early strikes on Gosport’s goal, which were both saved comfortably.
In the 11th minute, Gosport had their first of three corners in quick success…
LINE UP: Alan Walker-Harris, Craig Martin, Ryan Woodford (c), Dan Brunnen, Sam Stannard, Scott Vidler (Long), Chris Hall, Dan Smith (Weston), Adam Roberts, Ben Ngwa (Simpson), Zach Glasspool. SUBS: Andy Weston, Ben Simpson, Dan Long
6. Eastleigh went 1-0 up when Zach Glasspool sprinted to the by line to keep the ball in play before playing the ball across the six yard box for Scott Vidler to sweep home with his left foot from close range.
This was pretty much the only real chance of the half with the Casuals not really testing Alan Walker-Harris and Eastleigh failing to create a clear cut one themselves.
Eastleigh take all three points this afternoon after being gifted a goal in the first half, they didn’t really look like being broken down and were solid at the back with good performances from Chris Collins and Rob Marshall in the centre of defence.
It is becoming common now that Eastleigh make good starts to each match. And today was no exception. In the 4th minute good distribution from Shaw found Ian Oliver in space down the left hand side who managed to play a good ball down the line for Dave Town. Town played the ball back to Oliver whose dangerous cross just evaded Andy Forbes who was lurking in the area at the back post.
Chris Collins, who was away in Eastleigh’s last match against Cambridge, made a powerful surging run from centre back, getting round the back of the Bognor full back before excellently winning a corner ball for his team!
The home side took the lead in the 13th minute when a mix up between the B…
EASTLEIGH LINE UP: Alan Walker-Harris, Dan Long, Craig Martin, Dan Brunnen, Toure Mamadouba, Adam Roberts (Simpson), Chris Hall (c) (Cansdale), Nick Stavroulakis, Scott Vidler, Zach Glasspool (Williams), Ben Ngwa
SUBS: Lee Cozens (GK), Craig Cansdalde, Ben Simpson, Dan Smith, Brett Williams
Match Report by Jamie Montigue
4. Zach Glasspool had good chance to give Eastleigh an early lead when he closed down the defence to force the error but his shot was just off target going past the far post.
12. It was all Eastleigh and Epsom rarely had a sniff. Ben Ngwa was brought down right on the edge of the area, Glasspool stepped up to strike it cleanly with his left foot but the shot was charged down well and it went out for a corner ball.
14. Left back, Toure Mamadouba went on a brilliant run down the left wing. He beat his man before squaring the ball for Glasspool. This time the shot bounced back off the bottom of the post from a tight angle.
EASTLEIGH V CAMBRIDGE CITY
TUESDAY 11TH APRIL 2006 CONFERENCE SOUTH
LINE UP: Wayne Shaw, Jack Smith, Ian Oliver, Sam Stannard, Rob Marshall, Richard Hodgson (Ashford), Danny Smith (c), Steve Forbes, David Hughes, Stuart Douglas (Roberts), Dave Town (Glasspool).
SUBS: Zach Glasspool, Nick Stavroulakis, Adam Roberts, Ryan Ashford, Alan Walker-Harris
After a strong start and an early lead, Cambridge fought back well in what was an evenly matched contest. Probably the most pleasing aspect from Eastleigh’s point of view was the young talent on display with the likes of Zach Glasspool and Adam Roberts showing up really well in the second half.
Eastleigh took the lead with only two minutes on the clock following a brilliant cross from the left from Richard Hodgson that was touched home by Stuart Douglas who was in the right place to finish off the early attack and to race the home side into a one goal advantage early on just as they had done against Dorchester only three days ago.
Eastleigh record yet another win with two goals inside the first five minutes of the game from Steve Forbes and the in-form Andy Forbes grabbed his fifth goal in four games to add a third in the second half and to seal a 3-1 win away from home.
LINE UP: Alan Walker-Harris, Craig Martin, Ryan Woodford, Sam Stannard, Toure Mamadouba, Dan Smith, Craig Cansdale (Simpson), Chirs Hall, Adam Roberts, Zach Glasspool, Ben Ngwa (Vidler) SUBS: Lee Cozens, Scott Vidler, Ben Simpson, Dan Long
Eastleigh managed to pull off another good win in the Suburban South League after their 2-0 away win over Epsom on Monday night.
It wasn't all plain sailing though. Toure Mamadouba was sent off six minutes before half time leaving his team to fight out the rest of the game with only ten players.
But if you hadn't seen the incident and known that Eastleigh were a man down, you would have thought that if any of the teams were a player short, it would have been Three Bridges! This is because Eastleigh recovered so well and got their just reward on in the second half through a Chris Hall goal.
The first half saw Eastleigh have more of the ball and their best chance came in the eighth minute when good build up pla…
David Malone has confirmed he will be joining Eastleigh at the end of the season to become the club's Director of Football when he quits his current job at Winchester City.
Quote from the official site:
"David Malone has been invited to and has now agreed to join, the Board of the new Eastleigh Football Club Ltd, which will have a total of eleven directors. There will be six Equity Directors, who are Darren Ridge, Chris Evans, Andy Doswell, David Malone, Paul Doswell and Paul Murray. These six will be joined by five directors who will be voted onto the Board from the EFC Club Committee, which itself is appointed by the Club members."
23-year-old Justin Bennett is reportedly a player that Paul Doswell may be interested in signing. In today's Daily Echo, it is said that the Andover striker who has scored 63 goals already this season could make a step up from the level of football that he is currently playing at and if the price is right Paul Doswell may well see him as an ideal target. Here are some of the comments that Paul made:
"We've been keeping our eye on him (Justin Bennett) for as long as a season now but felt he needed time to grow up as a striker.
"He's definitely someone we'd be interested in having in our squad, but I think he's still got another year on contract and a lot would depend on what Andover were asking for him. We're not going to pay £10,000 or £15,000 when we can pick people up for nothing."
Another player that Doswell also mentioned in the article from the Echo was Winchester City striker Jamie Musselwhite. "I also think Winchester City's Jamie…
Dave Town put Eastleigh ahead after four minutes with Andy Forbes and Danny Smith adding to the lead in the 11th and 25th minutes respectively. Weston pulled a goal back through Bailey three minutes later. Wayne Shaw made a superb save low to his right pushing the ball around the post to keep Eastleigh 3-1 ahead going into the break. Andy Forbes scored his second and Eastleigh's fourth of the game to give Paul Doswell's side an emphatic 4-1 victory in a good nights work at the Sparshatts.