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Eastleigh v Farnborough - Match Preview

By Kieran James

Eastleigh play Farnborough Town on Monday night in a Hampshire derby, home at the Silverlake Stadium.

The last time these two teams met was the first game of 2011 for The Spitfires, Eastleigh were behind within six minutes of the game but Eastleigh never gave up and had the determination to claim all three points.

Goals by Tom Jordan in the 15th minute and Tony Taggart with the winning goal in the 77th minute saw the Spitfires claim victory. Gareth Barfoot had another fantastic game in goal saving an almost unstoppable shot to secure Eastleigh all three points on that occasion.

The Yellows are a newly promoted team in the Blue Square Bet South having won by five points with 95 points in the Southern Premier League last season.

Farnborough FC was originally called Farnborough Town FC when they were in Eastleigh's league until 2007 when they reformed in the 2007/2008 season, two leagues below the Blue Square Bet South.

This game is a rescheduled match from Boxing Day 2010 where the game got called off at the Silverlake Stadium due to a frozen pitch.

Farnborough have won five of their last six games and have lost only one game - against Boreham Wood - and The Yellows are in play-off form.

In contrast The Spitfires have lost three, drew one and won two of their previous six games.

The Yellows' last game was on Saturday against Dorchester Town where they won 2-0 at home, however Eastleigh's away game on Saturday against Maidenhead United got postponed due to a waterlogged pitch so the Spitfires will have fresher legs as they have not played since last Monday.

This will be the Spitfires' fourth home game in a row and they still have two more to play at home after this match.

Many football clubs would consider being at home as an advantage but the Spitfires' last two crucial home games against league leaders Braintree Town and Dover Athletic have both resulted in disappointing 0-2 losses.

Eastleigh have failed to score only two times out of their last 20 games and have kept four clean sheets this season, but the Spitfires have kept only one clean sheet at home in their last 20 games.

Farnborough on the other hand have failed to score three times and have kept eight clean sheets, four of them being away. Both teams have conceded only 33 goals this season but Eastleigh have played less games so it could be a very close encounter.

Can Eastleigh's new signings Ian Herring and Mark Nwokeji make an impact and get the Spitfires back on track for a play-off spot? We hope so! COME ON YOU SPITFIRES!

Overall Home Away
Pos. Team P W D L GF GA GD Pts P W D L GF GA Pts P W D L GF GA Pts
3 Farnborough 29 17 5 7 55 33 22 56 16 9 4 3 27 15 31 13 8 1 4 28 18 25
7 Eastleigh 27 14 5 8 49 33 16 47 13 7 1 5 25 17 22 14 7 4 3 24 16 25


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Richard Hill's Spitfires will face their first home match of the season against Sutton United.

First 4 fixtures -

5/8 @bromleyfc (A)
8/8 @suttonunited (H)
12/8 @Dag_RedFC (H)
15/8 @wokingfc (A)#Spitfires — Eastleigh FC (@EastleighFC) July 5, 2017
Last 4 fixtures -

7/4 @Wrexham_AFC (H)
14/4 @GatesheadFC (A)
21/4 @thesilkmen (H)
28 @SolihullMoors (A)#Spitfires — Eastleigh FC (@EastleighFC) July 5, 2017
🎄Christmas period -

23/12 @Dag_RedFC (A)
26/12 @TUFC1899 (H)
30/12 @wokingfc (H)
1/1 @TUFC1899 (A)#Spitfires — Eastleigh FC (@EastleighFC) July 5, 2017
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Ryan Broom scored twice to help maintain Eastleigh's unbeaten run, which now stretches to nine games in the National League.

Spitfires boss Andy Hessenthaler reflecting on the point said: “I think it was a fair result.

“The way we started the game was tremendous. We pinned them back and we got the goal.

“But Fylde are a good side. They’re young, they have very good movement and they take risks. It’s hard to stop their flow of play, but we dug in and defended really well.

“They equalised, but we responded straight afterwards with an absolutely fantastic goal. It was a sublime finish by Ryan who had an exceptional afternoon on his first start.

“It (Fylde's late equaliser) was a little bit frustrating when we were so close to getting all three points, but this was a good point and a valuable one against a decent side.

“My target when I took over was two points a game. I’ve had eight games and we’re actually two points ahead of that target with 18.

“We’ve now got to build on that …

Eastleigh 4-4 Bromley

Paul McCallum bagged a hattrick for Eastleigh in a rollercoaster 4-4 draw against Bromley at the Silverlake Stadium.

Richard Hill's reaction: “There’s been times when I’ve been accused of not entertaining people, but today we have – both teams.

“It was one of those crazy, crazy games you get two or three times a season.

“But today you’ve seen two teams that need to defend better. Most definitely my team need to defend better.

“We’ve had to score four goals to draw a game of football at home.

“For the first 25 minutes, we probably played as well as we have all season and there were spells in the second half when we played some decent, flowing football, but we can’t defend like that.

“Brett (Williams) has come on and changed the game, but we were always going to face a bit of an onslaught from them and we didn’t handle it well enough, we really didn’t.

“But then give us a bit of credit for fighting back twice.”
EASTLEIGH: Graham Stack, Gavin Hoyte, Sam Wood (Sam Matthews, 82), Danny Holla…

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Eastleigh: Graham Stack, Gavin Hoyte, Sam Wood, Sam Togwell (Mark Yeates, 77), Reda Johnson, Andrew Boyce, Ayo Obileye, Sam Matthews, Cavaghn Miley, Paul McCallum, Chris Zebroski (Ben Williamson, 65). Subs (not used): Ryan Broom, Danny Hollands, Ross Flitney.

Referee: Sam Purkiss.
Attendance: 1,825 (92 Halifax)
Reaction from Andy Hessenthaler:
REACTION: @EastleighFC boss Andy Hessenthaler reflects on goalless draw with @FCHalifaxTown — BBC Solent Sport (@solentsport) February 24, 2018

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