Big guns move on

Ex-pros Matt Bound and Paul Musselwhite have both left Eastleigh after their stay at the Silverlake Stadium has come to an abrupt and premature end.

Last year's captain of Conference South Champions Weymouth, Bound has left with just 11 games of the season gone. Meanwhile former Scunthorpe goalkeeper Paul Musselwhite who made over 600 football league appearances has also on his way out.

In the light of Bound's departure, Steve West from Leyton has been snapped up. He is 33 years old and can play either as a centre back or a striker. His previous clubs include Dagenham & Redbridge, Grays, Woking and Hornchurch. Having already appeared for Leyton in the FA Cup this year he is ineligible to play for Eastleigh in tomorrow's match against Gloucester as Steve is cup tied.

There is speculation that Farnborough goalkeeper Kevin Scriven, 22, could be brought in as a replacement for Musselwhite.

With all the injury problems and suspensions that Eastleigh have at the moment there is yet more bad news in that summer signing Justin Bennett will not play at all this season. The striker that scored 63 goals at Andover has ruptured a cruciate ligament forcing him out of action for longer that was originally expected. This news has sparked rumours that former West Ham United trainee Bertie Brayley could be brought in to strengthen the Spitfires front line. Bertie, 25, currently plays for Margate. During his days at Upton Park he scored three goals in the 1999 FA Youth Cup playing alongside today's England International stars Joe Cole and Michael Carrick.

According to Margate's Website the player has left the Ryman Premier Club and could be signed for the Spitfires by the end of the day.


Wayne Purser has returned to Weymouth as his one month loan deal has expired. Defenders Rob Marshall and Jason Dodd are still out, also Brian Dutton will miss out with flu.


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