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East-Chester!

Zach Glasspool has signed for Winchester City on dual registration, with Eastleigh retaining his contract as a player at the Silverlake Stadium.

The young and talented centre forward will link up with a whole host of familiar faces including Ian Oliver and Phil Cousins who starred in the weekend 3-0 demolition of Lymington and New Milton on their debuts at the Denplan City Ground.

Former Q.P.R and Portsmouth midfielder, Cousins scoring five minutes from the end with a super strike from no less than 45 yards. Phil, who joined Eastleigh in the summer from Walton & Hersham had a spell in the first team under Paul Doswell but has since found his chances limited and will benefit no end from regular first team football with City.

Oliver was snapped up in the same manner as Winchester's latest capture Glasspool, on dual registration. The left back who had such a good season in the Conference South last season playing an integral role has been pushed down the pecking order since Fra…

Thurrock 1-1 Eastleigh

27th January 2007 - Thurrock 1 Eastleigh 1

Report by Ray Murphy


Despite having the better of the play and a whole host of scoring opportunities, Eastleigh returned from Essex with only a point to show from their toils against fellow lowly placed side Thurrock.

Manager Jason Dodd gave a first start to recent signing Steve Watts whilst Liam George retained his place in the side with Jamie Brown coming into the starting eleven at the expense of Darren Wheeler.

Eastleigh applied early pressure on the Thurrock goal the best chance falling to Karim El Salahi but his effort was saved by home goalkeeper Max Aneke. George limped away from the action on the quarter of an hour mark with a knee ligament injury to be replaced by Steve Forbes. One of Forbes’ first tastes of action saw his shot pushed away by Aneke.

With eighteen minutes played from a Danny Smith corner, Watts headed the ball on for Andy Forbes whose turn and shot brought another fine stop from Aneke. On the half hour mark a Brown …

Douglas set for Terras?

Reported in today's Daily Echo was the story that Eastleigh striker Stuart Douglas could be shipped out on loan to Conference National side Weymouth to regain match fitness. The Spitfires forward has been out of action having suffered from knee problems early in the season. Having recovered from a successful operation, Douglas briefly went out to Lymington & New Milton but it appeared to be too soon for a comeback at the time.

Ian Oliver, who has found his chances limited since the summer arrival of Francis Benali, and Phil Cousins, former Portsmouth and Q.P.R midfielder, have been snapped up by Winchester City on loan according to their messageboard, but it is understood that with Benali being suspended next weekend (for five yellow cards), that Oliver will be allowed to come back to slot in at left back.

This would be valuable experience for the youngsters who need to be playing regular first team football to aid their development.

Eastleigh 0-1 Salisbury

EASTLEIGH V SALISBURY CITY

SATURDAY 20th JANUARY 2007
Conference South




It was third time unlucky today for the Spitfires against local rivals Salisbury and there were no surprises over the match winner. Paul Sales came back to haunt his former club for a second time following his scissor kick that led to Eastleigh’s exit from the FA Cup back in October. It was Sales’ 9th minute header that proved to be the only goal of the game and was more than enough to see the Whites through to their third victory of the season against Jason Dodd’s side.

There was very little to cheer about in what was Eastleigh’s first game back since New Year’s Day, and the two weeks without a match clearly took its toll on the Spitfires taking the momentum right out of their recent run of form.

From the off, it was clear that Salisbury had the upper hand, this being made all the more easier with the fact that Eastleigh’s defence just didn’t look comfortable leading to a succession of catastrophic errors.

The war…

More Good News

In addition to the signing confirmed earlier this week, Paul Doswell released the following statement on the clubs messageboard:

"Having spoken to Glen Cockerill at Woking, we are very close to signing KES (Karim El-Salahi), on a 2 year contract."

Doswell went on to unveil his latest signing, "Another piece of really good news is getting Liam George until the end of the season. He currently trains with Luton Town, and comes with Steve Forbes on a Tuesday and Thursday night (to Eastleigh's training)."

Things seem to be on the up at the Silverlake Stadium at present ahead of this weekends eagerly anticipated Derby encounter with Salisbury City. "This now gives us a fit 18 man squad with just Andy Harris and Justin Bennett to return."

HUGHES SIGNS 18 MONTH CONTRACT

Eastleigh legend and midfield maestro David Hughes has committed his future to the Spitfires. Despite great interest from other clubs including Havant and Waterlooville, David put pen to paper…

Steve Watts Completes Move

Having originally failed in an attempt to secure the services of 30 year old striker Steve Watts, the Spitfires have finally wrapped up a deal with the player who opted for Bromley FC ahead of Eastleigh back in December.

The vastly experienced centre forward, notched up an incredible tally of 95 goals for fellow Conference South side Fisher Athletic in just two and a half seasons and will no doubt prove to be a big hit in Jason Dodd's squad.

In other news, the highly talented centre half Karim El-Salahi has extended his stay at the Silverlake Stadium with his loan spell from Woking being increased further. However the Conference National side have the right to instant recall for Karim who has become an instant hit for the Eastleigh faithful.

Team News and Player Update

Rob Marshall and Jamie Brown could return to action as soon as tomorrow afternoon, having spent time on the sidelines through injury.

Targetman, Brown has served his five match suspension and is available for selection. The former Magpie had also been struggling with a groin injury recently but both Jamie and centre back Marshall have given Jason Dodd a selection headache ahead of tomorrows visit to Sutton United.

Steve West meanwhile, will serve the last of his three match ban tomorrow having been sent off in the 1-0 defeat at home to Cambridge in December. On a sad note the whole-hearted midfielder Martin Thomas will miss the match having had surgery on his wounded hand sustained on Boxing Day against Basingstoke. The utility man has had five stitches after a bone broke through the skin, which has now caused an infection. On behalf of everyone at Eastleigh we wish you all the best 'Tommo' and hope you will be fit and well again soon.In other news, Jack Smith has gone back to A…

Happy New Year!

EASTLEIGH V BASINGSTOKE TOWN
MONDAY 1st JANUARY 2007

Conference South


Eastleigh today gave all fans the best possible start to 2007 with a fine performance against fellow strugglers Basingstoke, who have won just once all season.

The Spitfires completed an excellent turnover of points over the festive season with 7 out of 9 gained, building on the 1-0 away win against Basingstoke and Saturday's draw with Eastbourne.

Andy Forbes continued his fine form, adding his seventh and eight goals in the league for the season with Carl Wilson-Denis also on the scoresheet with a phenomenal strike.

On this New Years Day match up, the second between these two sides within a short space of time - Jason Dodd named an unchanged side from the Eastbourne starting eleven.

Early in the game, the visitors seemed to be the quickest out of the blocks and looked to put pressure on the Eastleigh back four. On six minutes, Basingstoke right back Steven Dell put in a deep cross only to see the fit-aga…