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Eastleigh defeated on penalties in Hampshire Cup

AFC BOURNEMOUTH v EASTLEIGH
Tuesday 29th January 2013

Hampshire Senior Cup
Match report by Paul McNamara
AFC Bournemouth 2 Eastleigh 2 (aet) (Bournemouth win 4-3 on pens)
Every single Eastleigh player that took to the pitch in this pulsating Hampshire Senior Cup tie has good reason to be proud of their efforts. The side were ultimately undone by a mix of extremely bad luck, baffling refereeing, and their own missed opportunities. In this performance however, there was huge hope for the future and no little encouragement for the present.

Richard Hill managed the occasion perfectly, treating the match with respect and ensuring important first-team players who need them got vital minutes into their legs, and placing fierce trust in a crop of the Spitfires’ talented youngsters.

Of the eleven that started against Farnborough on Saturday; Jack Dovey, Mark Hughes, Michael Green (in the centre of midfield) and Craig McAllister were retained for this game played at New Milton’s Fawcett’s …

Hill on drive to improve away form

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Fans' efforts go unrewarded

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February Fixtures

Eastleigh Football Club Fixture List - February 2013
FIRST XI

Saturday 2nd ​away to Sutton United - Blue Square Bet South, 3pm
Tuesday 5th​ away to Weston Super Mare - Blue Square Bet South, 7.45pm
Saturday 9th ​away to Staines Town - Blue Square Bet South, 3pm
Tuesday 12th ​Home to Salisbury City - Blue Square Bet South, 7.45pm
​Saturday 16th​ Home to Chelmsford City - Blue Square Bet South, 3pm

Saturday 23rd ​away to Hayes & Yeading United - Blue Square Bet South, 3pm
Tuesday 26th ​Home to Havant & Waterlooville - Blue Square Bet South, 7.45pm

SUBURBAN LEAGUE SIDE


Saturday 16th​ away to Woking Reserves - Suburban League Premier Division, 3pm
Saturday 23rd Home to Tonbridge Angels Reserves - Suburban League Premier Division, 3pm

YOUTH TEAM (Football Conference Youth)

Monday 4th​ away to Carshalton - Conference Youth Alliance, 2pm
Wednesday 6th​ away to Kingstonian - Conference Youth Alliance, 2pm
Wednesday 13th​ Home to Boreham Wood - Conference Youth Alliance, 2pm
Friday 15th ​Home to Cars…

Video: Eastleigh v Farnborough

Eastleigh 3-1 Farnborough

EASTLEIGH v FARNBOROUGH
Saturday 26th January 2013

Blue Square Bet South
Match report by Jamie Montigue

Match pictures by Tony Smith
Thanks to a combined effort of a number of supporters, volunteers and members of staff, football was finally back on the agenda for the Spitfires after the recent bout of torrid weather.

It was over two weeks ago since our last game due to postponements, and today Eastleigh were looking to build on the comprehensive 5-0 demolition job over Billericay Town at the Silverlake Stadium in early January.

Richard Hill was able to finally hand centre back Chris Todd his Eastleigh debut having signed from Forest Green Rovers just a couple of days after the win over Billericay. The experienced Todd was bedded in to the defence alongside fellow new signing Dean Beckwith and loanee Alex Lacey (who were both making their second appearances for the club). Hill set out his Eastleigh side with a solid defensive look about it playing a trio of centre halves, who were…

Realist Hill will stick with what he's got

Tonbridge away off

Eastleigh Football Club’s away trip against Tonbridge Angels, scheduled to be played tomorrow the 19th January 2013 has been postponed due to adverse weather conditions.

Likewise, our home Reserve team fixture against Comrades has been cancelled scheduled for Saturday, as has the Under 16 and Under 18’s fixtures against Sholing scheduled for Sunday.

Mills released

Eastleigh Football Club have released defender Leigh Mills allowing him to continue his career away from the Silverlake.

Leigh became a Spitfire in September, joining from his hometown Winchester City in September 2012. The versatile defender who can also play in midfield started his career as a youth team player at Swindon Town but was signed by Tottenham Hotspur as a 16-year-old in 2004. Leigh has played for a host of other football league clubs including spells at Gillingham and Brentford.

We would all like to thank Leigh for his hard work and effort whilst with the Spitfires.

In other news Chris Flood has extended his loan with Maidenhead United.

Teenage kicks

Boreham Wood game off

Eastleigh Football Club’s home fixture against Boreham Wood due to be played today at the Silverlake has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

Despite the efforts of our army of volunteers and staff Referee Daniel Cook had no option but to call the game off.

On a more positive note the clubhouse at the Silverlake will still be open from 12 where the Queens Park Rangers v Tottenham Hotspur fixture will be shown followed by Soccer Saturday.

Come down and join us.

Jordan transfer listed

Eastleigh Football Club have today made Tom Jordan available for transfer.

The popular central defender has been made available with immediate effect to continue his career away from the Silverlake.

Chairman Stewart Donald commented: “Tom has been magnificent and an exemplary club captain for a number of years now, it was only right that with the club unlikely to extend his current contract beyond the end of this season that we give him as long as possible to find a new club and get the best deal possible he can”.

Tom arrived at the club amid a transfer saga after an undisclosed fee was agreed between Eastleigh and local rivals Havant and Waterlooville in the close season of 2007/2008. Jordan had resigned as Hawks captain midway through that same season, hoping to follow Baird along the M27 and he finally got his wish as the deal went through towards the end of June 2008.

He is the son of the Scottish international footballer Joe Jordan, who was centre forward for Leeds United durin…

Todd becomes a Spitfire

Eastleigh Football Club is delighted to announce securing the signature of former Exeter City and Torquay United defender Chris Todd from Forest Green Rovers on an 18 month contract.

Spitfires boss Richard Hill commented: “I am delighted that we have been able to persuade Chris to join us, again just like Dean (Beckwith) I have been after Chris for a while and he was in high demand.

“He had a number of options from clubs in the Conference Premier and for him to choose Eastleigh speaks volumes for the club and I am looking forward to working with him.

“I think the signings we have made this week will help make us become a more solid unit and I am sure the opposition will have to work far harder against us than they have had to in recent weeks.

“Chris is a great lad and a superb character that has come here with a lot of ambition and I am sure he will prove a popular figure with the fans.”

Born in Swansea Chris began his career with his homeclub Swansea City before joining Exeter City…

Releasing Richard

29 year old forward Richard Pacquette has today been released by Eastleigh Football Club.

We would like to wish the former Queens Park Rangers and Havant & Waterlooville hit-man all the very best for the future and thank him for his efforts and contribution at the Silverlake Stadium.

Re-scheduled fixture

Our fixture against local rivals Basingstoke Town has been moved to Friday 29th March – kick off at 3pm.

Basingstoke asked to reschedule the fixture for the Good Friday as they have a long trip away to Truro City on the Monday.

Eastleigh 5-0 Billericay Town

EASTLEIGH v BILLERICAY TOWN
Tuesday 8th January 2013

Blue Square Bet South

Match report by Jamie Montigue


The Spitfires kicked off 2013 at home in perfect style with a dominant 5-0 win over Billericay Town at the Silverlake Stadium this evening.

With the disruption of postponed games in December and a run of five league defeats that saw Eastleigh plummet to the wrong end of the Blue Square Bet South table in recent weeks, it was imperative that Richard Hill's side came back with a response. Hill and his players could not have answered their critics more emphatically after a near-faultless performance which included five goals to boost the goal difference, a fully deserved clean sheet and the all important three points to cap a fine nights work.

Earlier in the day the club announced two new signings. Dean Beckwith joined the club on a deal which runs until the end of next season from Luton Town, whilst fellow centre half Alex Lacey penned a one-month loan with Eastleigh (also…

Spitfires sign Beckwith

Eastleigh are delighted to announce securing the signature of former Hereford, Northampton and Luton Town central defender Dean Beckwith until the end of next season.

6 foot 3 inch Dean is available for selection in tonight’s important fixture at home to Billericay Town.

Spitfires manager Richard Hill said: “I have been chasing Dean’s signature for around two months now and am delighted he has agreed to join us and in doing so, has turned down a number of approaches from well established Conference National teams.

“I am certain Dean will get a fantastic reception and become a firm fans favorite. Signing players of Dean’s caliber will be very important if the club is to achieve its short, medium and long term goals.

“In addition I am confident we will be announcing more signings of his pedigree in the days to come.”

Earlier today the Hatters confirmed the mutual de-registration of defender Dean Beckwith’s contract with the club. The Southwark-born centre-back left Kenilworth Road…

Lacey arrives on loan

Eastleigh Football Club are pleased to announce the signing of central defender Alex Lacey from Conference Premier Division side Luton Town on a one month loan deal.

A regular member in Luton Town's FA Trophy fixtures, Alex has also had loan spells with Eastbourne Borough, Thurrock and Cambridge City.

Spitfires Manager Richard Hill said: ”Alex has been in and around Luton’s first team squad and is considered a highly regarded prospect who they have high hopes for.

“Talking to Luton manager Paul Buckle, he was prepared to let him go out on loan as part of his continued education and I thought this would be a really good opportunity and mutually beneficial”.

Still only nineteen years of age, a bright future is envisaged for this former Luton Town youth team stalwart who has historically courted interest from a host of Premier League Clubs.

Lacey is available to be in the side for tonight’s fixture at home to Billericay Town and you can follow him on twitter @alexlacey24

Flitney returns to Gillingham

Ross Flitney’s second loan spell at the SIlverlake has expired today and Gillingham have decided to recall the 28 year old goalkeeper.

The former Barnet, Grays and Dover Athletic shot stopper made 8 appearances for the Spitfires including an impressive performance and clean sheet in a victory against Sutton United.

All at the club would like to thank Ross for his contribution and wish him all the very best for the future.

In other news promising youngster David ‘DJ’ Whittaker has returned to the Silverlake following his loan spell at Winchester whilst Joe Chamberlain has extended his agreement with Winchester City for a further month.

Callum Casson has agreed to extend his stint with Didcot Town for a further month having been ever present since his arrival.

Sankofa transfer listed

Osei Sankofa has been transfer listed with immediate effect.

The former Charlton Athletic, Southend United and Boreham Wood defender is considered surplus to Richard Hill’s requirements as he continues to build his own squad.

Richard is actively recruiting for the final half of the season as he considers the squad now ‘thin on the ground’.

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Saints coming to town again

As part of our ongoing partnership with Southampton Football Club we are delighted to announce more mouth-watering fixtures to be played at the Silverlake Stadium.

Southampton Under 21’s will play a number of high profile opponents including Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur Under 21’s having qualified from the Elite Group Stage of the Professional Development League, beating Newcastle United recently at the Silverlake.

The first fixture will be on Sunday the 20th of January where a buoyant Saints side take on Arsenal’s Under 21’s with a 1pm kick off. With rules for the competition stating a team can name three overage outfield players plus an overage goalkeeper in any matchday squad, Saints are likely to involve the likes of Artur Boruc, Danny Butterfield, Tadanari Lee, Ryan Dickson and Jonathan Forte.

If that was not enough excitement, Southampton Under 21’s will then take on the might of Manchester United on Saturday the 2nd February for a 1pm kick off again at the S…

Bromley 3-1 Eastleigh

BROMLEY v EASTLEIGH
Saturday 5th January 2013

Blue Square Bet South

Match report by Paul McNamara
After the encouragement that could be taken despite defeat on their previous two outings at Dover and Salisbury City, this was very much back to square one so far as Eastleigh’s away form is concerned.

An afternoon that hit its heights for the visitors when Jai Reason scored an early penalty which owed its award to a generous refereeing decision, ended with the Spitfires sitting just one place above the bottom of the Conference South. That is the stark situation facing a side which has now endured a run of five successive league defeats, and after a display which was largely lacking in any guile, purpose, or penetration.

It had all started so brightly. With just three minutes on the clock, Richard Pacquette flicked a throw on the Eastleigh right into Glen Southam, who found Damian Scannell inside the home area. Scannell checked sharply outside his marker and went to ground. The re…

Video: Salisbury v Eastleigh