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Video: Barrow v Eastleigh

Moore disappointed for fans after heavy Barrow defeat

Eastleigh boss Ronnie Moore was disappointed for the supporters, who made a 600 mile round trip, only to see the Spitfires lose 4-0 away at Barrow.
Here are some of Ronnie's post-match thoughts:
"Barrow are big and strong and we couldn’t cope with it. I never thought a team of mine would be beat up the way we were.
“The whole game changed on the penalty decision. To give the goal away like we did….
“We were caught on the halfway line. Coulson’s got to know what he’s doing and who’s around him there.
“He gets block tackled and we’re flat as hell at the back and the lad’s clean through.
“They leave at three o’clock in the morning and we go and perform like that.
“I was embarrassed and they (the players) should be embarrassed.
“We were brittle and powder-puff today.
“We’ve got loyal fans (who deserve more).
“As long as the players give effort and commitment, I can live with everything else, but we were way, way off it today and I can only apologise to the supporters because tha…

Barrow 4-0 Eastleigh

By Jamie Montigue
After the impressive 3-0 win on Tuesday night to beat Torquay, Eastleigh came into today's game in good spirits. Today, however, was a different story as it turned out to be pretty horrific and one to quickly forget as Eastleigh went on to suffer a heavy 4-0 defeat away at the hands of Barrow. 
With BT Sport covering the game on TV, the 46 traveling Spitfires fans had to leave in the ridiculously early hours of the morning for the mid-day kick-off. These loyal supporters must be praised for their efforts and commitment but sadly on the pitch, it was a day to forget for Ronnie Moore's side. 
With both Reda Johnson and James Constable unavailable for Eastleigh, Connor Essam and Ryan Bird came into the starting eleven. 
It was all square at half-time after a goalless first half but the game's dimension changed dramatically for the worse for Eastleigh just three minutes after the restart. 
Ryan Cresswell was penalised for holding back his marker and in doing …

Preview - Barrow v Eastleigh

Ronnie Moore says that striker James Constable is unavailable for Eastleigh's televised fixture away at Barrow after suffering a knock to the head in the Spitfires 3-0 win over Torquay on Tuesday night.

“He won’t travel. He got a fair-sized bump on the side of his cheekbone and was semi knocked out. There’s a five-day rule after a blow to the head, so he can’t be involved. We’ll take Adam Dawson in the 18 instead.

“It’s a shame for Beano because he’d just got himself back into the team.”

Looking ahead to the game, Moore said: “It should make a good TV game, but sometimes they end up as a boring 0-0 and you wonder what all the fuss was about.

“It’s very close between us, but Barrow are in the position we want to be in. If we get a result, it’s got to put us in the top five surely.

“We know they’re decent, but we don’t need to go there gung-ho, we’ll just play our game.

“Normally I like an established 11 who know where they are but, if you don’t have a goalscorer, it’s all a bit pic…

More subsidised travel for Eastleigh fans

.@eastleighfc chairman @stewartdonald3 has donated a part of the FA Cup TV money to provide #spitfires fans with further subsidised travel.— Jamie Montigue (@jamiemontigue) October 27, 2016
Eastleigh Announce Further Subsidised Travel - — Eastleigh FC (@eastleighfc) October 26, 2016
Our trips to @GatesheadFC , @OfficialShots , @maidstoneunited & @southport_fc will be priced at just £10 per person #Spitfires — Eastleigh FC (@eastleighfc) October 26, 2016
Eastleigh Announce Further Subsidised Travel | Eastleigh FC Chairman Stewart Donald has kindly donated a percentage of the TV money received from our FA Cup First Round tie against Swindon Town, to fund the reduction in away travel cost. We look forward to seeing as many supporters make the trips prior to the busy Christmas period.

Eastleigh 3-0 Torquay

By Jamie Montigue
Eastleigh moved up to seventh place in the National League after a 3-0 home win over Torquay United.
Ronnie Moore made three changes to his starting eleven with Ryan Clarke returning in goal just days after his personal heartache. Jamie Cureton made his first start for the Spitfires and James Constable also came back in to the starting eleven to partner 41-year-old Cureton in attack. The players to make way were Ryan Huddart, Ryan Bird and Mikael Mandron.
After a somewhat dull and goalless first forty-five minutes, the Spitfires opened the scoring a few minutes after the break to begin the second half in a positive way.
Jamie Cureton flicked the ball home with a diving header to get on the end of Luke Coulson's cross.
As the game went on, it looked like it would be a narrow victory for the hosts, but suddenly the Spitfires struck twice more in the closing minutes to seal a rather more convincing 3-0 scoreline.
Andy Drury doubled Eastleigh's advantage late on …

Preview - Eastleigh v Torquay

Eastleigh boss Ronnie Moore has said that his goalkeeper Ryan Clarke wants to get back out on the pitch despite the pain and tragedy of sadly losing his father at the weekend.

Moore said: “Ryan’s dad liked football and that’s why he got involved in the game.
“His dad would have wanted him to play and Ryan wants to handle things his way.
“Playing will keep his mind focused on something different for an hour-and-a-half and all the pain comes back after the game.
“At this moment he says he feels fine to do it, but that could change tomorrow if he’s not mentally right.”
In terms of injury news, Moore says that Reda Johnson is likely to miss out on Tuesday night's game at home to Torquay due to a hamstring injury.
“It’s tightened up a bit on the same leg and possibly there’s a bit of scar tissue.

“We’ll leave it to the last minute, but I think Reda might give tomorrow a miss and get himself right for Saturday (away at Barrow). If so, Connor Essam will step in.”
The Spitfires boss also…

Video: Lincoln City 0-0 Eastleigh

πŸŽ₯ Video: @LincolnCity_FC 0-0 @eastleighfc - Footage from BT Sport— Jamie Montigue (@jamiemontigue) October 24, 2016

Moore and Partington reflect on draw at Lincoln

Speaking after Eastleigh's 0-0 draw away at Lincoln City on Saturday, Spitfires boss Ronnie Moore said: “It reminded me of League Two football today.
“No one got the breakthrough, but both teams can play in League Two, no doubt about that.
“Not many teams are going to come to Lincoln and win.
“They’re a bit like us, they’re well organised and they’ve got good quality. That’s why we cancelled each other out today.
“We didn’t play as fluently as we’d have liked with the ball, but at least we defended when we had to.
“If you can’t win the game, the next best thing is don’t lose it. It was important for us to keep a clean sheet today and I think we’ll look back on this as a good point.”
Defender Joe Partington almost helped the visitors to break the deadlock late in the game when he went up for a header forcing his marker into heading the ball against his own crossbar.
Joe commented: “I challenged the guy and it’s come off his head. He’s done unbelievably well to head it onto the bar…

Lincoln City 0-0 Eastleigh

Eastleigh battled to a goalless draw away at third-placed Lincoln City.
The Spitfires have dropped to tenth in the table, but it could prove to be a very valuable point come the end of the season against a side who are also challenging for promotion. 
Despite their current league position, Eastleigh are just three points off fifth place and five off second place so are still within touching distance of a play-off place ahead of a home game against Torquay on Tuesday night.
Eastleigh haven't lost away from home since Ronnie Moore took charge. They are unbeaten on the road in six games.
Young Arsenal loanee 'keeper Ryan Huddart was drafted into the starting line-up for the visitors as first-choice goalkeeper Ryan Clarke was unavailable due to the sad loss of his father. Our condolences and thoughts are with Ryan and his family at this difficult time.
Both sides had opportunities to take all three points. Lincoln came very close when Huddart dropped a high ball from a cross. Tha…

Video: Coulson reacts to England 'C' call


Ronnie Moore previews away trip to Lincoln

Pre-match team news ahead of @eastleighfc’s game away v @LincolnCity_FC on Saturday. #spitfires — Jamie Montigue (@jamiemontigue) October 21, 2016
Ronnie Moore says the #spitfires had an interest in @LincolnCity_FC’s new signing Elliot Whitehouse. The two teams meet tomorrow. — Jamie Montigue (@jamiemontigue) October 21, 2016
.@ronniemoore53: “I wouldn’t say they've (Lincoln City) beaten us to signing him (Elliot Whitehouse), but there has been interest from us.” — Jamie Montigue (@jamiemontigue) October 21, 2016
“He’s a player we like but, at the end of the day, it’s his choice where he wants to go. It’s just strange he’ll make his debut against us.”— Jamie Montigue (@jamiemontigue) October 21, 2016
.@ronniemoore53: “Both clubs are vying for a top-five spot and, if the lad was from Southampton, I dare say he’d have come to us.” — Jamie Montigue (@jamiemontigue) October 21, 2016
.@ronniemoore53 says @eastleighfc will “carry on looking” after missing out a c…

BBC to televise Eastleigh's FA Cup tie v Swindon Town

Eastleigh's FA Cup tie in the First Round at home to Swindon Town has been selected to be televised on BBC Two.
The Spitfires will take on their League One opposition on Friday 4th November at the Silverlake Stadium. The coverage will start at 7:55pm.

Ronnie Moore reacting to the news said: "The only reason the cameras are coming to us is they think there’s going to be an upset.
“But there’s no pressure on us. We’ve got nowt to lose, we’ve just got to enjoy it. It’s a chance for one or two of our younger lads to express themselves on TV and show how good they are.
“I’d imagine we’d get 5,000 into the Silverlake and there will be 2.5 million watching on TV.
“It’s going to be a special night for the club and what we don’t want to do is get beat by seven.
"We want to show the world just what a good team we are and how professionally we’re doing things here.
“The FA Cup has never been a hindrance for me, I love it for the atmosphere and the shocks.
“If we win, we win; if we…

Luke Coulson called up for England 'C'

Congratulations to Eastleigh's Luke Coulson who has been called up for England 'C'.
The Spitfires' midfielder has been in stunning form for Ronnie Moore's side scoring six goals so far this season.

Coulson's well-deserved inclusion in the England C squad will see him travel to Estonia in Talinn for an International Challenge Trophy match next month on November 15th.
Luke Coulson called up for England 'C' (with image, tweets) · eastleighfc A Social Media Story storified by Eastleigh FC

FA Cup 1st Round Draw - Eastleigh to face Swindon at home

Having beaten North Leigh comprehensively in a 6-0 win on Saturday, Eastleigh have been drawn at home in the First Round Proper of the Emirates FA Cup against League One side Swindon Town.

The tie is set to be played at the Silverlake Stadium over the weekend of November 4-7.

Tough cup draw v Swindon at home , but hey we will enjoy the game all pressure on them , This must be a πŸ–₯πŸ–₯πŸ–₯game surelyπŸ‘ — ronnie moore (@ronniemoore53) October 17, 2016
Great draw against one of my old clubs. At home to @Official_STFC. One we will really look forward to. #FACup πŸ‘Œ⚽️ — Kevin Watson (@kevwatson74) October 17, 2016
First FA Cup meeting between the clubs - @eastleighfc went 2 rounds further than @Official_STFC last year#bbcfootball — FA Cup Factfile (@FACupFactfile) October 17, 2016
Come on!! Love that. — Lee Peacock (@LeePeacock76) October 17, 2016
That is a cracker for the #Spitfires, will be a big crowd - could be fireworks 😜…

Donald's generous gesture well received

Donald's generous gesture well-received (with image, tweets) · eastleighfcA Social Media Story storified by Eastleigh FC
North Leigh have issued a statement of appreciation after Eastleigh chairman Stewart Donald's "wonderful gesture" of donating Eastleigh's share of the gate receipts from Saturday's FA Cup tie to their eighth-tier opponents.
“Towards the end of the game, it was announced that the total receipts from the game would be donated to North Leigh by the chairman of Eastleigh FC, Mr Stewart Donald, who is a local West Oxfordshire resident with very strong personal and family connections to the North Leigh chairman Peter King, stretching back over 20 years.
“This wonderful gesture means our total receipts from FA competitions this season will total circa £25k." FA Cup: Eastleigh give match proceeds to North Leigh National League side Eastleigh donated the match proceeds from their FA Cup final qualifying round win over North Leigh to their eighth…

Video: Eastleigh 6-0 North Leigh


4 goals for Bird and 6 for Eastleigh as Spitfires soar into 1st Round of FA Cup

Eastleigh 6-0 North Leigh - FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round
By Jamie Montigue
The Spitfires soared into the First Round Proper of the FA Cup after a thoroughly convincing 6-0 victory at home versus North Leigh.
Ronnie Moore's side suffered their first defeat under his management last week in the league against Dagenham & Redbridge, but today was all about the magic of the cup.
Last season Eastleigh went on a history-making run in the FA Cup where they eventually lost to Bolton Wanderers in the 3rd Round, having taken the then Championship side to a replay. Along the way, Eastleigh saw off competition from league sides such as Crewe Alexandra in a truly memorable FA Cup campaign.
Despite being an injury doubt before the game, Ryan Cresswell returned to action to partner Reda Johnson, back from a one-match suspension, in the centre of defence.
Moore named a strong starting eleven up against a side who are three divisions lower than Eastleigh, showing just how seriously the Spitfires …

FA Cup Flashback with Jai Reason and Joe Partington

Joe Partington and Jai Reason take a look back at Eastleigh FC's record-breaking 2015/2016 FA Cup run. 

Another defensive injury blow for Eastleigh ahead of FA Cup tie

.@eastleighfc's defensive crisis continues as recalled defender @ConnorEssam picks up injury in training. — Jamie Montigue (@jamiemontigue) October 14, 2016
.@ronniemoore53 says @eastleighfc "need to be mentally prepared" ahead of FA Cup tie v North Leigh — Jamie Montigue (@jamiemontigue) October 14, 2016
.@eastleighfc team news for FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round tie versus @NorthLeigh_FC - @JohnsonReda is available after serving a one-match ban. — Jamie Montigue (@jamiemontigue) October 14, 2016
.@Cressy_25 won't be risked as he is still recovering from a calf injury. @adamdugdale1 is out for 3-4 weeks with medial ligament damage. — Jamie Montigue (@jamiemontigue) October 14, 2016
.@jakehowells won't be risked tomorrow and midfielder Andy Drury is rated 50-50. #spitfires — Jamie Montigue (@jamiemontigue) October 14, 2016
.@JamieCuro, who scored 6…

Video: Eastleigh 0-1 Dagenham & Redbridge

πŸŽ₯ Video: @eastleighfc 0-1 @Dag_RedFC - Footage from BT Sport, full highlights show here>>— Jamie Montigue (@jamiemontigue) October 10, 2016

Moore's post-match reaction v Dagenham & Redbridge

.@ronniemoore53 describes the goal that saw @eastleighfc lose at home v Dagenham v Redbridge:— Jamie Montigue (@jamiemontigue) October 10, 2016
.@ronniemoore53 reflects on Saturday's defeat - more reaction here:— Jamie Montigue (@jamiemontigue) October 10, 2016
.@ronniemoore53 says @eastleighfc were "scruffy" in possession v Dagenham & Redbridge. More here:— Jamie Montigue (@jamiemontigue) October 10, 2016
.@ronniemoore53 disappointed with the way his @eastleighfc side lost, which ended a 10-game unbeaten run.— Jamie Montigue (@jamiemontigue) October 10, 2016
More reaction to defeat v Dagenham & Redbridge from @ronniemoore53: "We’re soft-centred up top."— Jamie M…

Eastleigh suffer first defeat under Ronnie Moore

Eastleigh 0-1 Dagenham & Redbridge By Jamie Montigue
Dagenham & Redbridge halted Eastleigh's 10-match unbeaten run as the Spitfires suffered defeat for the first time under Ronnie Moore.
Eastleigh made two changes from the side that beat Maidstone 3-0 on Tuesday night. Adam Dawson & David Pipe replaced the injured Jake Howells and suspended Reda Johnson. 
Young defender Jack Smith and forward James Granger were named amongst the substitutes for Eastleigh. 
With the Spitfires somewhat depleted in defence due to Johnson's one-match ban and Ryan Cresswell still recovering from a calf injury, Joe Partington played in the centre of defence to partner Adam Dugdale and David Pipe deputised at right back.
The only goal of the game came in the second half as Corey Whitely netted for the visitors. Eastleigh were temporarily down to ten men at the time as defender Adam Dugdale had suffered an injury. The hosts were trying to make a substitution to replace him, but while the Sp…