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In-form Farnborough end Spitfires home run


Blue Square Bet South

Match report by Jamie Montigue

Match pictures courtesy of Graeme Horobin

Eastleigh's unbeaten home run in the league came to a halt as Farnborough won courtesy of a second half penalty from Phillip Page.

The Spitfires, who had leapt up to sixth in the table after beating Truro City 3-1 last weekend, were beaten by a solitary goal to a Farnborough side who have now won six of their last seven games.

Ian Baird made three changes to the side that made it eleven games without defeat at the Silverlake Stadium in the Blue Square Bet South against Truro. Philip Appiah came in for the suspended Jamie Brown in midfield; new signing Lee Phillips made his debut starting in place of Jamie Slabber in attack and Michael Green came back into the starting eleven to replace Damian Scannell - who wasn’t fit enough to start due to illness but was named amongst the substitutes.

February’s divisional player of the month Bradley Bubb, who has netted nine goals in eight appearances for the Spitfires since joining the club on loan from Aldershot Town, lined up against one of his former clubs Farnborough as did midfielders Philip Appiah and Daryl McMahon.

Eastleigh went into the match looking to secure a double over Farnborough for the first time after a 3-1 win against today's opponents back in November.

The Spitfires lined up with five at the back - three centre backs: Andy Forbes, Tom Jordan and Gary Elphick with Mitchell Nelson and Michael Green set the task of providing the width and pushing forward as wing backs.

In the opening minutes of the game a shaky clearance from Farnborough captain Orlando Jeffrey saw the ball spin back towards his own goal with Eastleigh’s debutant Lee Phillips in pursuit, though goalkeeper Craig Bradshaw got to the ball first.

The first attempt at goal came in the eighth minute when Nelson got forward down the right hand side and played the ball into the centre. Lee Phillips dummied the ball leaving it for Danny Smith to strike at goal from 18 yards, which narrowly flew over the bar.

Two minutes later, Andy Forbes up from the back had a good chance to fire Eastleigh into the lead but failed to steer his effort on target from inside the Farnborough box.

Eastleigh continued to have the better of the chances in the first quarter of an hour when a McMahon free kick was floated to the back post. The ball was hung up well for Tom Jordan but it was just out of the captain’s reach and went out of play.

Farnborough's Daniel Bennett saw his turn and shot go over the bar in the 21st minute.

Jack Dovey had to be alert to the threat of former AFC Totton striker Michael Charles just past the half way stage in the first half, as the Farnborough forward got the better of Tom Jordan. Dovey rushed off his line to make an important intervention.