Eastleigh v Oxford City - Match Preview

Match Preview by Kieran James
Ian Baird's Spitfires will try to get in to the hat on Monday for the FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round draw and bag themselves £7,500 as they play second placed Evo-Stick Southern Premier League side Oxford City, home at The Silverlake Stadium (3pm kick Off).

The City have got off to a flyer this season having won eight of their twelve league games losing only twice (one of which was 6-0 away to AFC Totton) and have won their last four games away.

Oxford City have played two rounds of the FA Cup so far this season - against Didcot Town 1-1 where they went on to win the replay 3-0 away. In the next round Oxford came up against Thame Unted (two leagues below Oxford City) where they won 3-1 away.

The Spitfires have only played one game to get this far having beaten Cinderford Town 3-1 at home.

Some of the first team players were involved in Tuesday's Hampshire Senior Cup game against Aldershot Town including Billy Tsovolos, Jordace Holder-Spooner, Shaun Wilkinson, Sam Wilson, Andrew White, Ryan O'Hara and Ian Herring who captained the side; however The Spitfires still lost 4-1 against a good Aldershot side.

The Spitfires' last league game ended in a 3-0 away defeat at Eastbourne Borough on the same day when Oxford City thrashed Swindon Supermarine 7-1 at home, where ex-Saint Steve Basham scored four goals.

The last time these teams met was in a pre season friendly earlier this year and The City won on that occasion 2-0 with Felipe Barcelos and Jimmy Deabill both on the score sheet.

Eastleigh FC announced coming in to this game that Assistant Manager Kevin Braybrook has left the club, a press release was placed on the official website this morning by Eastleigh director of football Dave Malone



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