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Thurrock 4-1 Eastleigh

THURROCK 4-1 EASTLEIGH



SATURDAY 26th APRIL 2008
Blue Square South
Report by Ray Murphy

Thurrock wrecked Eastleigh’s Play Off dreams with an emphatic 4-1 victory over Eastleigh, as results elsewhere see Fisher Athletic and Braintree Town seal places in the top five.

Eastleigh started the game the brighter of the two sides with Chris Piper and Mark Marshall particularly threatening down the flanks, and the first chance was created by Piper but Ashley Vickers headed over the bar in the sixth minute and three minutes later, Piper again found space down the right but this time his cross was headed over by Andy Forbes.

Thurrock’s first attempt arrived on quarter of an hour after a spell of pressure Lee Flynn saw his final shot blocked. Three minutes later, Thurrock’s Supporters’ Player of the Year Che Stadhart met Kenny Clark’s long ball to beat Jason Matthews in the air but his effort rolled agonisingly wide of the open goal.

With Eastleigh struggling to penetrate the Thurrock back four, there we…

Reserves draw a goalless blank

Eastleigh 2nd XI 0-0 Burnham Res.

Suburban Premier League
TEAM: Fred Toomer, Sam Longman, Niall Bryant, Jason Sangha, Adam Shepherd, Adam Wiltshire, Joe Sheppard, Ben White, Joe Maxwell, Aaron Milburn, Scott Waters

SUBS: James Screen (on for White 57), Les Wallace (on for Milburn 67), Keelan Sainsbury (on for Sheppard)

Match Report by Jamie Montigue

Starting out with a 4-3-3 formation with the in-form Joe Maxwell, Aaron Milburn and Scott Waters in attack, Eastleigh's second XI took a long time to get going this afternoon and were second best for the first twenty minutes.

It wasn't until the 32nd minute that the hosts conjured up their best move of the half with Milburn flicking the ball through for Waters who turned just wide of goal following a long kick up the park by goalkeeper Freddie Toomer.

There were signs enough from this point that the strong attacking force of Eastleigh would come to something with a couple of examples of neat interchange, though unfortuntely lacking the fi…

Beaten by the Saints but win at Thurrock would guarantee playoffs

ST. ALBANS 3-2 EASTLEIGH



SATURDAY 19th APRIL 2008
Blue Square South
By Ray Murphy

Eastleigh suffered their second successive odd goal in five defeat on their travels against a side that although hovering above the relegation zone had only suffered one defeat in their previous eight matches and picked up awards before the match for Blue Square South Manager Of The Month in Steve Castle and Player Of The Month in goalkeeper Paul Bastock. With other results on the day the picture for a play off position is now totally clear. A victory away at Thurrock on the final Saturday will guarantee Eastleigh a play off berth.

Eastleigh started brightly at St Albans. Andy Forbes' header from a Chris Piper cross on eight minutes was just wide and four minutes later Bastock saved a glancing Paul Sales header from Andy Harris’ long throw. On quarter of an hour an attempted clearance from Scott Cousins fell perfectly for Forbes but again his effort was just off target.

St Albans had their first chance on …

2nd XI: Joe can't stop scoring!

Eastleigh 2nd XI 2-2 Whyteleafe Res.

Suburban Premier League
TEAM: Andy Wynn, Niall Bryant, Adam Shepherd, Jason Sangha, Mo Arahji, Chris Mason, Sam Longman, Adam Wiltshire, Joe Maxwell, Aaron Milburn, James Screen

SUBS: Les Wallace (on for Milburn), Fred Toomer (on for Wynn), Scott Waters (on for Longman), Not used - Jason Brookes

After going 2-0 down at half time to Whyteleafe Reserves, Eastleigh fought back well with two goals from Joe Maxwell to change the game around.

15-year old goalkeeper Toomer came on in the second half and drew the plaudits making a couple of outstanding saves and looked confident throughout.

Maxwell continued his rich vein of goalscoring form with another brace this afternoon adding to the double he scored in the last reserves home game in the thrilling 3-3 draw with Hillingdon Borough.

Since then Eastleigh's second string played two away games in which they beat AFC Wimbledon 2-1, Maxwell getting both goals again! This was then followed by a heavy 3-0 defeat …

Ray Murphy: After the Marathon

Well it took a little longer than expected, Six hours six minutes and twenty nine seconds according to the Floras Marathon time clock, when the target apart from just finishing was between five and six hours.

But what a day, the atmosphere was absolutely electric. Over 35,000 runners and half a million people lining the streets of London cheering you on. The first ten miles were fine then after about twelve both my hamstrings really tightened and although stretching several times, they would not loosen and the second half of the marathon turned into a mere walk the course just to finish.

In addition to that just over £1500 so far has been raised for my chosen charity The Great Ormond Street Hospital.

The aim now I would love to go back next year, co I now know that I am sure I could touch the five hour mark.

A point closer to playoff reality but it's still tight at the top

EASTLEIGH 1-1 HAMPTON & RICHMOND BOROUGH




SATURDAY 12th APRIL 2008
Blue Square South
By Jamie Montigue


Great support once again
Hampton & Richmond Borough came into this game in fine form with four straight league wins to their name. The Beavers in third place and Eastleigh in fourth right behind them, this truly was a top of the table clash with so much riding on it as the race for a play off place heats up.

Karim El-Salahi
Without suspended centre half Ashley Vickers, Karim El-Salahi was recalled from relegated Sutton United and thrust straight back into a starting place to fill a defensive void. Warren McBean ended his loan spell with the Spitfires this week going in the opposite direction having scored four goals in his short stay.

Adam Everitt dropped to the bench allowing a starting place for David Hughes, the only other change from last weekend’s 3-2 defeat to league leaders Lewes saw Anthony Riviere missing through injury.

After a fairly dull opening to the game, the Spitfires t…

Rooks edge narrow win

LEWES 3-2 EASTLEIGH



SATURDAY 5th APRIL 2008
Blue Square South
Report by Ray Murphy


Champions elect Lewes, took another step towards the Blue Square South title with this odd goal in five victory over Play Off chasing Eastleigh. With skipper Andy Harris having passed a late fitness test he took the role of centre back to cover the suspended Ashley Vickers, whilst Adam Everitt earned a recall at left back.

It was a cagey opening quarter to the game with both sides knowing the importance of the three points at stake for the afternoon’s fixture. There had been very few openings by the time Eastleigh notched the opening goal of the afternoon on fourteen minutes. Karl Murray intelligently laid the ball into the path of Anthony Riviere to evade a challenge before burying a low strike down past Lewes goalkeeper Michael Jordan from the edge of the box.

The Spitfires’ lead lasted only four minutes. A free kick from the Lewes left flank from Simon Wormull arrived at the far post for captain Stephen Ro…

Six goal thriller, Maxwell grabs two to complete reserves comeback

Eastleigh 2nd XI 3-3 Hillingdon Borough Res.

Suburban Premier League
TEAM: Andy Wynn, Sam Longman, Sam Doswell, Cedric Ngakum, Jason Sangha, Perry Mullins, Adam Wiltshire, James Screen, Les Wallace, Scott Waters, Joe Maxwell

SUBS: Keelan Sainsbury (on for Waters 4), Justin Hall (on for Screen 63), JasonBrookes (on for Doswell 78)

Match Report by Jamie Montigue
Joe Maxwell netted two second half goals as Eastleigh reserves came back from 3-1 down to mark a terrific comeback in a thoroughly entertaining game.

Sadly the Spitfires lost striker Scott Waters just four minutes into the game as he went down under a heavy challenge and had to be carried off, before being rushed to hospital for treatment to an open wound on his shin.

Keelan Sainsbury came on to replace Waters and Les Wallace moved into the attack where he was in fine form threatening the Hillingdon defence with his direct running and pace.

Eastleigh actually found the back of the net with just nine minutes on the clock as Wallace had a…

All Square - Spitfires 1-1 Hawks

EASTLEIGH v HAVANT & WATERLOOVILLE



TUESDAY 1st APRIL 2008
Blue Square South
Match report by Jamie Montigue,  Photos kindly provided by Dave Haines

‘As big as it comes in Non League football’. That was the thoughts of Eastleigh’s co-assistant manager Paul Doswell ahead of this dramatic derby between two Hampshire rivals, the Spitfires and the Hawks, between whom there is certainly no love lost with all that has gone on before.

Ian Baird, on his birthday, took on his old charges Havant and Waterlooville, a side that the Spitfires have failed to win against in eight attempts. He handed a debut to new signing, 28-year-old Kevin James following his release from Blue Square Premier side Crawley Town and completing his move to the Silverlake Stadium just ahead of the March transfer deadline yesterday. David Hughes was rested and settled for a place on the bench, whilst Anthony Riviere came back from a knock he sustained in the 2-1 win over Newport a little over a week ago to replace the injure…