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Wrexham 2-1 Eastleigh

Wrexham scored two second half goals to wipe out Ben Williamson's first half strike for the Spitfires.

Eastleigh: Ross Flitney, Gavin Hoyte, Sam Wood, Danny Hollands, Andrew Boyce, Callum Howe, Ben Strevens (Ross Stearn, 80), Craig McAllister (Cavaghn Miley, 65), Ben Williamson, Gary McSheffrey (Chris Zebroski, 71) , Mark Yeates. Subs (not used): James Constable, Ayo Obileye.

Attendance 3,907 (46 from Eastleigh).

Reaction from Richard Hill and match tweets below:
REACTION: @EastleighFC boss Richard Hill with @Ian_Wilding1 after 2-1 defeat at Wrexhamhttps://t.co/8vrzYj5Iy9 — BBC Solent Sport (@solentsport) October 7, 2017

Boreham Wood 1-0 Eastleigh

A 77th minute goal from Bruno Andrade saw Eastleigh lose 1-0 away at Boreham Wood.

Match tweets and reaction from Richard Hill and Danny Hollands below:



Chester game postponed

Statement from Eastleigh following postponement of home fixture against Chester:
"Following a pitch inspection from match officials, our game against Chester has been postponed.

"It is with regret this decision has been made so close to kick-off. However, every care had been taken in advance of the game to prevent this from happening.

"A match official was called in on Friday afternoon to view the pitch and, following this inspection, it was deemed safe to play. This information was relayed to today’s referee Mr Savvas Yianni on Friday afternoon.

"Upon arriving at the ground today, the match officials have taken the view that player safety was at risk and decided to postpone the game.

"Ground staff had covered the small affected area overnight to protect the surface from any rainfall which was forecast.

"However, the problem with this area of the pitch is not a surface water issue but a sub-soil drainage problem. Additional drainage has been installed in the a…

Hartlepool 1-2 Eastleigh

Eastleigh came back from Hartlepool with three points after a fantastic 2-1 win thanks to second half goals from Callum Howe and Mark Yeates.

The Spitfires scored both their goals in the space of four minutes after half time.

Reaction from Richard Hill below:


Howe's that! Eastleigh win 2-1 at Hartlepool https://t.co/tkn0FwyEmh#eastleighfcpic.twitter.com/SXZRVeZRjM — Daily Echo Sport (@dailyechosport) September 23, 2017
Big win today from the boys 🙌🏼 pleased to get my first goal of the season too ⚽️.. thanks to the fans who made the long trip 👏🏻 — Callum Howe (@calhowe) September 23, 2017
A brilliant effort from the lads today. Well done @calhowe on your goal & an all round top performance! Safe trip home to our supporters 👍🏻 — Graham Stack (@GrahamStack1) September 23, 2017
Genuinely buzzing for the @EastleighFC lads today. Great win when we had such a depleted squad. Thank you to those who travelled. — Paul Reid (@paulreid06) September 23, 2017
1st away win of the seaso…

Eastleigh 2-2 AFC Fylde

It finished 2-2 at the Silverlake Stadium as Eastleigh made it five draws in six matches. Visitors AFC Fylde hit an equaliser in each half to earn a point.

Richard Hill's side opened the scoring through a Reda Johnson header in the 27th-minute, but it was cancelled out in first-half injury time when Henry Jones reacted quickly in the area to beat Graham Stack.

After the break, Gary McSheffrey netted his first Eastleigh goal in the 55th minute from a great assist by Mark Yeates.

Last year’s Conference North champions hit back again on the hour when Jordan Tunnicliffe hit a second equaliser,

Eastleigh: Stack, Howe (c) Boyce (Wood 64), Johnson, Green, Hollands, Matthews (McAllister 75), Miley, Yeates, McSheffrey (Williamson 82), Zebroski.
Unused subs: Constable, Obileye.

AFC Fylde: Lynch, Montrose, Francis-Angol, Tunnicliffe, Bond, Rowe, Muldoon (McCread 82), Grand, Smith (Blinkhorn 89), Burke, Jones (Tasdemir 70).
Unused subs: Taylor, Richards.

Referee: Sam Purkiss.

Attendance: 3,31…

Eastleigh 0-1 Maidstone United

Eastleigh suffered their first home defeat of the season losing 1-0 against Maidstone United.

Zavon Hines, a former Burnley and West Ham forward, scored the only goal of the game in the second half.

The Spitfires are now without a win in five league games having drawn the previous four.

Eastleigh: Graham Stack, Ayo Obileye (Ross Stearn, 80), Michael Green, Danny Hollands, Andrew Boyce, Callum Howe, Mark Yeates (Chris Zebroski, 76), Sam Matthews, Gary McSheffrey, James Constable (Craig McAllister, 76), Cavaghn Miley. Subs: Sam Wood, Ben Strevens.

Referee: Alan Young.

Attendance: 1,820 (159 Maidstone)

Richard Hill's post-match reaction below:

Two changes for The #Spitfires tonight, as Green and Matthews replace Johnson and Wood. pic.twitter.com/TtxRufZ5gs — Eastleigh FC (@EastleighFC) September 12, 2017
Half time and it's 0-0 here. A penalty shout the only real talking point. — Eastleigh FC (@EastleighFC) September 12, 2017
69' Goal Maidstone! — Eastleigh FC (@EastleighFC) S…

Hill reacts to draw at Guiseley

Eastleigh boss Richard Hill has given his thoughts after the 0-0 draw away at Guiseley.

Hill said: “It was a horrible game, but credit to Guiseley.
“They put you under pressure from start to finish, but I don’t think that was the case before.

“It makes you think that if those players had played like that in the previous eight games (former management duo) Adam Lockwood and Dave Penney would still be in jobs, but that’s football for you.

“We’d had a couple of match reports done on them prior to the game, but we ripped them up because we knew it was going to be totally different to how they played under a new manager.

“Everyone will say you should go to places like that and win but, let me tell you, Guiseley haven’t played like that all season.

“It’s our luck at the minute that we’ve had a tough eight games and, for the ninth, we’ve come up against ‘new manager syndrome.

“We couldn’t get going. They were very physical and you expect that, but it’s difficult when they’re allowed to get away wi…

Guiseley 0-0 Eastleigh

Eastleigh were held to a fourth successive draw at second-to-bottom Guiseley where it finished 0-0.

The Spitfires are 12th in the table ahead of Tuesday's home game against Maidstone United.



One change to the team with Gary McSheffrey making his Spitfire debut. pic.twitter.com/mn9TPnSIoR — Eastleigh FC (@EastleighFC) September 9, 2017
A very much non-event here in the north as the teams go into the break level. Guiseley went closest with Correia forcing a save from Stack. — Eastleigh FC (@EastleighFC) September 9, 2017
55' Early sub for Eastleigh as Wood is replaced by Zebroski 0-0 — Eastleigh FC (@EastleighFC) September 9, 2017
64 Double sub for Eastleigh, Constable off for McAllister and McSheffrey off for Mathews — Eastleigh FC (@EastleighFC) September 9, 2017
89' Eastleigh almost knick it! Hollands with the drive and a decent save from the keeper. 0-0 — Eastleigh FC (@EastleighFC) September 9, 2017
FT Guiseley 0-0 Eastleigh — Eastleigh FC (@EastleighFC) September 9, 20…

McSheffrey signs for Eastleigh

Eastleigh have signed 35-year-old Gary McSheffrey until January.

"I've got a couple of friends here who have been nothing but impressed with the set-up," he told BBC Radio Solent.

"It's definitely an ambitious place and hopefully we can get the club to where they want to be."

McSheffrey began his professional career with Coventry City, and has previously played for Stockport County, Luton Town, Birmingham City, Nottingham Forest and Leeds United before returning to Coventry in 2010. Released in September 2013, he signed for Chesterfield later that month. In January 2014, he signed for Scunthorpe United on a free transfer until the end of the 2013–14 season. McSheffrey has played internationally for England three times at both under-18 and under-20 level

Gary joins the Spitfires from Doncaster Rovers. He began his career as a striker but eventually became a left-winger. He has made more than 450 appearances in the Football League and Premier League, including …

Hill's praise for 'impeccable' Miley

Richard Hill's comments on 21-year-old midfielder Cavaghn Miley:

“I get a lot of criticism for signing older players, but this lad is 21 and he’s been impeccable.

“Brian (Little) raved about him and said to give him a chance, but I had to handle it properly.

“I kept him back because of the seven games (in August) and I thought it was the right time to bring him in today.

“If I’d put in him early, perhaps against Tranmere or Dagenham, it could have ruined him.

“He’s a bit of a hidden player, but, if he plays like that, he won’t be for long.

“I don’t want to go over the top because we’ve all seen young players have good debuts and not progress.

“But it’s up to Cav now.

“He’s very well thought of by the senior lads, which tells you something.”



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Hill's thoughts on the 2-2 draw at Ebbsfleet:

“No disrespect to Ebbsfleet, but we were probably the better team.

“We’re a different type of team this season. We were still trying to win at the end of the game, which was refreshing.

“Jam…

Ebbsfleet 2-2 Eastleigh

Having gone ahead through a James Constable goal after 20 minutes, Eastleigh had to come back from behind to draw 2-2 at Ebbsfleet.

The home side hit back with goals from Jack Powell and Danny Kedwell to edge in front.

Craig McAllister came off the bench to earn the Spitfires a point with an equaliser ten minutes from time.

EASTLEIGH: Graham Stack, Reda Johnson, Sam Wood, James Constable, Mark Yeates (Sam Matthews 65), Chris Zebroski (Craig McAllister 65), Ayo Obileye (Ross Stearn 73), Danny Hollands, Andrew Boyce, Cavaghn Miley, Callum Howe. Unused subs: Michael Green, Ben Strevens.

Reaction from Eastleigh manager Richard Hill:


Ebbsfleet United 2 Eastleigh 2: Eastleigh forced to share the National League points once more https://t.co/EM591MmVIS#eastleighfcpic.twitter.com/8ie2sy5HIA — Daily Echo Sport (@dailyechosport) September 2, 2017Tweets: @EastleighFC GOAL TO EASTLEIGH!!!!! — Eastleigh FC (@EastleighFC) September 2, 2017
20' Yeates plays in a low free kick which is met on the …

Eastleigh 0-0 Aldershot

Eastleigh were held to a 0-0 stalemate by ten-men Aldershot at the Silverlake Stadium.

The Shots were reduced to ten men when Kodi Lyons-Foster was dismissed on 36 minutes.

Spitfires manager Richard Hill's post-match reaction: “Unbelievably frustrated.

"It’s always difficult against ten men but the tempo and urgency just wasn’t there today.

"You’ve got to make the advantage count, but the quality of passing wasn’t good enough.”

Next up for the Spitfires is a trip to Ebbsfleet United on Saturday.

Eastleigh: Ross Flitney, Ayo Obileye (Danny Hollands, 85), Michael Green, Sam Togwell (Chris Zebrsoki, 71), Andrew Boyce, Callum Howe, Sam Wood, Sam Matthews, Ben Williamson (Reda Johnson, 46), Craig McAllister, Mark Yeates. Subs: James Constable, Cavaghn Miley.

Referee: Christopher O’Donnell.

Attendance: 2,525 (542 from Aldershot).
Four changes to the starting line up for today's match against Aldershot Town #Spitfirespic.twitter.com/XeNPxRZrSr — Eastleigh FC (@EastleighFC)

Leyton Orient 1-1 Eastleigh

Eastleigh were cruelly denied all three points as Leyton Orient netted an equaliser deep into stoppage time to cancel out Ayo Obileye's penalty for the Spitfires.

Reaction from Richard Hill and match tweets below:
REACTION: @eastleighfc boss Richard Hill with Cliff Pledge after 1-1 draw at Leyton Orient https://t.co/Qc87YZq4x3 via @audioBoom — BBC Solent Sport (@solentsport) August 26, 2017
Two changes to today's team with Graham Stack returning in goal and James Constable making his first start of the season. #spitfirespic.twitter.com/tb4o3xuyb3 — Eastleigh FC (@EastleighFC) August 26, 2017
Eastleigh fans in fine voice today. Come on #spitfirespic.twitter.com/e4GoLFls80 — Eastleigh FC (@EastleighFC) August 26, 2017
31' Penalty to Orient as Wood brings down Dayton #Spitfires — Eastleigh FC (@EastleighFC) August 26, 2017
32' Miss!!! Mooney steps up to take the penalty but the captain fires wide of the goal, score remains 0-0 #Spitfires — Eastleigh FC (@EastleighFC) Augu…

Highlights: Eastleigh 2-0 Tranmere

Watch highlights from Eastleigh's 2-0 win over Tranmere.

Eastleigh 2-0 Tranmere

Ben Williamson's fourth goal of the season and a Craig McAllister header saw Eastleigh put in a professional display to beat Tranmere by two goals to nil at the Silverlake Stadium.

Eastleigh: Ross Flitney, Ayo Obileye, Sam Wood, Sam Togwell, Andrew Boyce, Callum Howe, Danny Hollands, Ross Stearn (Sam Matthews, 60), Chris Zebroski (Craig McAllister, 46), Ben Williamson (James Constable, 80), Mark Yeates. Subs (not used): Michael Green, Cavaghn Miley.

Referee: Carl Brook.

Attendance: 1,906 (330 Tranmere)


The final whistle blows as Eastleigh pick up their second win of the season at the Silverlake Stadium with a 2-0 win over Tranmere — Eastleigh FC (@EastleighFC) August 19, 2017
@EastleighFC@Eastleigh_TSSC@TheNationalLge Pictures from today's game. Eastleigh (2) v Tranmere Rovers (0) https://t.co/IDkiwNmIop— Tony Smith (@tonys_pics) August 19, 2017
Second half goals from Williamson and McAllister make sure the Spitfires take all 3 points this afternoon #Spitfires — Eastleigh FC (@…

Woking 2-1 Eastleigh

Eastleigh fell to their first defeat of the season at Woking.

The Spitfires went a goal behind on the stroke of half time against the run of play as Inih Effiong fired past Ross Flitney.

Ben Williamson hit the post and Chris Zebroski had a good chance to score when one-on-one. Defender Callum Howe also came close on his debut with a header that went just over.

After the break, the hosts doubled their advantage in the 53rd minute when Eastleigh's Gavin Hoyte turned the ball into his own net when trying to deal with a dangerous delivery from goalscorer Effiong.

Richard Hill's side were then awarded two penalties in quick succession in a frantic spell of action.

Williamson missed the first and then moments later Ross Stearn was brought down in the box. Ayo Obileye stepped up to score this time and pull a goal back for Eastleigh.

Eastleigh finished the game with ten men as Hoyte pulled up with an injury with all three substitutions having already been made.



Three changes to the te…

Lincoln City defender joins Eastleigh on loan

23-year-old centre-back Callum Howe has joined Eastleigh on loan until January from Lincoln City.

Spitfires boss Richard Hill said: “I’ve known Callum and been a big admirer of his for quite a while.

“He and Boycey played together at Scunthorpe – in fact they’re best mates.”

Howe started his playing career at Scunthorpe United. Since then he has gone on to play for Southport, Bradford Park and Alfreton amongst others.

Callum goes into the squad for the fixture tonight against Woking and has been handed the number 27 shirt.


Eastleigh Football Club is pleased to announce the signing of centre-back Callum Howe #Spitfirespic.twitter.com/hQ7ApLRqXz — Eastleigh FC (@EastleighFC) August 15, 2017
Pleased to have joined @EastleighFC on loan until January ⚽️.. thanks for all of the messages, much appreciated! — Callum Howe (@calhowe) August 15, 2017

Eastleigh 2-2 Dagenham & Redbridge

Eastleigh's unbeaten start to the season continued as Ben Williamson scored twice to make it three goals in two games for the new Spitfires striker.

Richard Hill's side went a goal behind to a Corey Whitely strike in the 13th minute before a quick-fire brace from Williamson saw Eastleigh leading 2-1 at the break. His equaliser came in the 43rd minute when he combined with Danny Hollands before finishing. He then scored a penalty in first half stoppage time after Ayo Obileye was brought down in the area.

Whitely drew the game level for the visitors when he grabbed his second goal of the afternoon from the penalty spot in the 74th minute.


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Eastleigh: Stack, Hoyte, Green, Togwell, Wood, McCallum (Zebroski 30), Yeates (Matthews 80), Obileye, Hollands, Boyce, Williamson (Constable 73).
Subs not used: McAllister, Miley.

Dagenham & Redbridge: Cousins, Pennell, Doe (Lokko 36), Robson, Hawkins (Cheek 77), Ferrier, Okenabirhie (Romain 71), N’Gala, Boucard, Ling, Whitely.
Subs not…

Eastleigh 1-0 Sutton | Williamson scores on home debut

Ben Williamson scored on his home debut to help Eastleigh to a 1-0 victory over Sutton United.

Spitfires boss Richard Hill said: “The first half wasn’t good enough and I let them know that at half-time.

“We rode our luck at the start of the second half but what I liked was the lads’ commitment, attitude and endeavour.

“After we went 1-0 up they found an over-my-dead-body attitude which is important in this league.

“But on another night we could have been beaten comfortably, which is typical of this league.

“It’s a great atmosphere here for the night games when the fans come out and support the team. But sometimes you have to give the supporters something to shout about and we didn’t do that in the first half.

“We showed far more energy and urgency in the second half and our supporters got right behind us in the last 30 minutes.”

EASTLEIGH: Stack, Hoyte, Green, Togwell, Johnson, Wood (Constable 81), McCallum (Zebroski 70), Yeates, Hollands, Boyce, Williamson (McAllister 70).
Subs not…