Reason to be cheerful

By Wendy Gee -  

EASTLEIGH battled out their second 2-2 draw of pre-season at Blue Square Bet South rivals Sutton United on Saturday.

Having let slip a two-goal lead at Poole Town on Thursday night, Ian Baird's new-look side reversed the process at Gander Green Lane.

They trailed 2-0 to a well-taken Harry Beautyman strike and a Jamie Stuart header from a corner before pulling a freakish goal back before half-time.

Sutton keeper Kevin Scriven failed to gather a high, inswinging delivery and although Jai Reason's shot was cleared off the line, the ball ricocheted off the unsuspecting Gareth Gwillim and snuck in off the post.

Reason - a summer signing from Braintree Town - levelled things up, holding off Craig Dundas before drilling low into the corner from 25 yards.

With Tuesday's scheduled home friendly against Crewe Alexandra cancelled because of recent wet weather, Eastleigh return to actionat Southern One South & West side North Leigh on Saturday.

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