Showing posts from December, 2009

Bromley 3-0 Eastleigh


Blue Square South

Report by Ray Murphy

Having produced their best performance for many a year, forty-eight hours earlier, Eastleigh were brought back down to earth following a sterling second half display by Bromley. Jamie Brown returned to the side following his one match suspension with Andy Forbes dropping down to the bench. The rest of the side remained the same as the Basingstoke fixture. Bromley were without regular defenders Rob Gilman and Arron Fray through injury.

The first half saw Eastleigh have the majority of the play though chances created were limited and the home goalkeeper Gareth I Williams was rarely troubled. Having had the better of the opening stages Eastleigh were delivered a shock warning on the eighth minute as Bromley broke away and a volley from Luke I’Anson saw the effort blocked and the ball falling for Tutu Henriques who also had a shot diverted away. Warren McBean had an attempt strike the foot of the post soon …

Eastleigh 6-0 Basingstoke - Six of the very best!


Blue Square South

Report by Jamie Montigue

After much hard work from a number of volunteers, today's match officials deemed the pitch playable following an early morning inspection.

Eastleigh made just one change to the starting line up that saw off Weston-Super-Mare last time out in a 3-1 home win. Richard Gillespie was the man to be given a starting berth, taking the suspended Jamie Brown's place in attack.

On this annual festive fixture, the Spitfires looked to continue their fine form of late, and did so in some style. Winning by the Spitfires biggest margin in the Blue Square South with a record 6-0 win; the free-scoring side made it eight games unbeaten with a third straight league win.

It has been an excellent couple of months for Eastleigh that has seen Ian Baird’s side leap a whopping ten places from 15th to 5th in just under 8 weeks. Today’s fantastic win was the perfect way to end the last home game of 2009 and…

Gallery - Preparing the pitch!

Game on!

After much hard work from volunteers on Christmas eve, and this Boxing Day morning - the pitch has passed the referee's inspection.

Check back to this site for live updates as the game progresses.

Eastleigh v Basingstoke Town, 12pm kick off.

Baird gets Cook in for Christmas

By Adrian Kajumba -

Eastleigh have received a pre-Christmas boost with loanee Steve Cook agreeing to extend his stay at club by another month.

The 18-year-old versatile defender, who arrived at The Silverlake at the end of November, will now remain at Eastleigh, on-loan from League One Brighton, until the end of February.

And with numbers thin on the ground that news was understandably welcome for Eastleigh boss Ian Baird.

"That’s good news for us," he said.

"I think he will go on to have a good pro career if he gets a bit of luck but it’s good for us at the moment.

"And for him to agree to stay for another month he must be enjoying it."

Baird, though, added that "there will be no more ins and outs" and "at this moment in time we are as we are."

And that means Baird will have to steer his side through a hectic Christmas period with a wafer-thin squad of just 16 players and any enforced absence, until the situation changes, will be keenly fe…

Games postponed

Today's Eastleigh games have been postponed due to frozen pitches.

Lewes v Eastleigh - Blue Square South

Pictures of the pitch at Lewes' Dripping Pan stadium

Eastleigh Reserves v Bedfont - Suburban Premier League

Eastleigh 3-1 Weston-Super-Mare FT - Live Update


Blue Square South

Report by Jamie Montigue

Updates from tonight's league game from the Silverlake Stadium:

Line Ups:

EASTLEIGH - Jason Matthews, Steve Cook, Brett Poate, Anthony Riviere, Tom Jordan (c), Aaron Cook, Danny Smith, Andy Forbes, Jamie Brown, Tony Taggart, Shaun McAuley. Subs: Trevor Challis, Matt Day, Jamie White, Richard Gillespie, Peter Adeniyi.

Goals - Tony Taggart (23, 30), Andy Forbes (33).

Weston-S-M: Kevin Sawyer, Mike Green, Callum Hart, Scott Bartlett, Craig Rand, Clayton Fortune, Ben Osman, Darren Mullings, Ben Cleverley, Marvin Brown, Chris Sheppard. Subs: Josh Klein-Davis, Ben Wells, Dayle Grubb, Jake Harris.

In-form Eastleigh stretched their unbeaten run in the Blue Square South to seven games without a loss, as they took on Weston-Super-Mare in this evening's re-scheduled fixture (following the postponement here two Saturday's ago).

The Spitfires made it two wins on the bounce, and five victories …

Top form! Riviere's winner at Stortford sees Eastleigh top the form chart


Blue Square South
Thanks to a late Anthony Riviere winner in a tight game away to Bishops Stortford, Eastleigh are currently top of the form table for the past six games. An impressive, unbeaten run of four wins and two draws stretching back to the end of October has seen the Spitfires bang in form and closing in on the play off places once again.

Report by Ray Murphy

With Eastleigh’s recent lack of punch in front of goal, the story of this match was the same as the recent games but a deflected shot from Anthony Riviere was enough to give Eastleigh a deserved three points at Bishops Stortford.

With the scheduled game against Weston Super Mare having been postponed the previous Saturday, Steve Cook’s one match suspension for his dismissal against Lewes was carried over to this fixture which meant the side was that which would have played in the Weston fixture. Danny Smith reverted to a right back role; the two wingers were Shaun McAuley…

White Christmas at Eastleigh - Youngster set for further month on loan

Link Jamie White has extended his loan spell at Eastleigh by a further month.
The 20 year-old Saints Academy graduate has enjoyed a temporary stay at the Silverlake Stadium for the past two months helping the Spitfires to 12th place in the Blue Square South with the team collecting 26 points from 18 games so far this season.
He has been limited mainly to substitute appearances but played the full 90 minutes in a 1-1 draw at Braintree Town last time out.
The extension means that the striker will remain at the non-league side until Monday 7th January 2010 meaning he can play in Tuesday evening's trip to Bishop's Stortford.

Baird and Forbes kiss and make up

By Wendy Gee -
THE rift between Eastleigh manager Ian Baird and star striker Andy Forbes has been healed.

Although the Spitfires boss has not gone as far as to take the 30-year-old off the transfer list, he was ready to start him in Saturday’s postponed Blue Square South match against Weston-super-Mare following clear the air talks with Forbes on Friday.
For all Forbes’ unquestionable talent, Baird, felt the striker was not performing on a consistent enough basis and was not meriting his status as one of the Spitfires’ highest earners.
Baird’s patience finally ran out and he transfer-listed the Reading-based marksman, scorer of an impressive 139 goals in 254 club appearances, the day after Eastleigh’s dismal FA Trophy exit at Lewes.
The decision shocked Eastleigh supporters, many of whom revere Forbes as a Spitfires legend, and there was criticism of the manager for saying he hoped the striker would prove him wrong before dropping him from the squad for the 1-1 draw at Braintree Town …

New Date - EFC v Weston-Super-Mare

"Subject to League approval, we have re-arranged the home game with Weston-Super-Mare.
Eastleigh v Weston-Super-Mare: Wednesday 16th December (ko 7.45pm)
"This date was chosen in order to avoid clashing with Saints, who are playing on Tuesday 15th December.
"Anybody with cancellation tickets from the postponed game can use their ticket at this game."

Eastleigh v WSM - Postponed

Today's game was called off five minutes before kick off by Dean Treleaven and his officials.

It was eventually decided that down the wings, the ball was not bouncing and feet were sinking too easily.

The general feeling was that the decision could have been made at 1:00pm when the conditions were exactly the same.

Andy Forbes was on the team sheet and was down to start up front; had the game gone ahead.

This is clearly a positive sign after the devastating news of being placed on the transfer list last week by manager Ian Baird.

Details of the re-arranged fixture will follow shortly.