Reserves beat Brockenhurst
Lee Peacock's youthful Wyvern League Reserve side took on Brockenhurst Reserves at the Silverlake stadium on Monday night in the Wyvern League Challenge Cup 1st Round.
Eastleigh Line up: 1 Mark Childs (C), 2 Charlie Daniel, 3 Jake Randell, 4 Ollie Griggs, 5 Lewis Harvey, 6 James Parker-Trott, 7 Bradley Raymond, 8 Dylan Kirkwood, 9 Marcus Laptas, 10 Tom Bearwish, 11 Jordan Beeke. Subs: 14 Brandon Hamerston and 16 Lee Peacock.
Eastleigh's young guns made a bright start and were soon on top. They took the lead with a smart finish from Tom Bearwish on 6 minutes following good work from Bradley Raymond.
Left winger Jordan Beeke had a good run and shot saved well by the Brockenhurst goalkeeper on 8 minutes.
It wasn't long before Eastleigh were further in front with man of the match Bearwish doubling his own and Eastleigh's lead converting a cross from Beeke.
Eastleigh continued to dominate the first half and indeed finished the half with two consecutive corners.
The impressive Beeke had picked up an injury and did not re-appear for the second half. He was replaced by Brandon Hamerston, who gave a good account of himself out on the left wing in Beeke's position.
The first half had been Eastleigh's but Brockenhurst soon showed they were not about to roll over.
They got a goal back 5 minutes into the second half following a finish from Jamie Chilcott.
Captain Dan Larcombe smashed a header against the Eastleigh bar, with the Eastleigh keeper beaten on 53 minutes.
Despite Brockenhurst pushing and having the better of the second half, Eastleigh held on for the narrow victory - helped by a Brockenhurst player blasting the ball over the bar in injury time.
Well done to Lee's young side who kept playing their football throughout.
Report by Richard Montigue