Skip to main content

Portsmouth and Newport friendlies cancelled

Two more home friendlies have been cancelled following the disappointment of Saturday's game against AFC Wimbledon not going ahead.

League Two champions Portsmouth were due to play the Spitfires this Saturday - but that has now fallen through as has the friendly against Newport County which was scheduled for 22nd July.

Eastleigh's chief executive Mark Jewell said: “Having had a last-minute fixture cancellation on Saturday, the last thing the club wants is a repeat performance this weekend.

"The result of calling a game off last-minute for a regular fixture is bad enough, so we feel that with the added burden of a huge police bill for this fixture and the fact that the weather is so uncertain at this point, due to the extreme heat and the threat of very heavy rainfall, the exposure to the club is just too high.

“This is extremely disappointing for all concerned as, deep down, I feel the pitch will be in excellent condition on Saturday.

“However, it is crucial that both clubs leave nothing to chance in the run-up to the new season.

"We are sorry for the inconvenience to both sets of fans but hope the long-term benefits will outweigh any potential short-term gains of playing this fixture".

"We fully appreciate the disappointment for Eastleigh spectators but we do ask them to take an understanding view on the decision as we try to ensure the best possible playing surface for their side during the league season.”



Now Eastleigh lose Portsmouth and Newport County friendlies

EASTLEIGH'S home pre-season programme is falling apart at the seams with two more scheduled games against Football League opposition falling by the wayside. Saturday's eagerly awaited home friendly against promoted League Two champions Portsmouth has been cancelled along with the visit of Newport County the following weekend (July 22).

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

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

Ryan Cresswell injury update

Match Reports - 2011/2012