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Havant & Waterlooville 2-2 Eastleigh

Paul McCallum scored twice for the Spitfires in the Boxing Day derby but rivals Havant & Waterlooville fought back from 2-0 down to salvage a point. Michael Green was sent off for the Spitfires late on.

Reaction from Ben Strevens:
🗣 "It's two points dropped"

Strevens reflects on his side's 2-2 draw with @HWFCOfficial#Spitfires 🔵⚪️ — Eastleigh FC (@EastleighFC) December 26, 2018

Eastleigh 2-1 Harrogate

Cav Miley came off the bench to score the winning goal as Eastleigh secured all three points at home against Harrogate with a 2-1 win.

Wrexham 2-0 Eastleigh

Eastleigh's seven game unbeaten run in the league came to an end with a 2-0 defeat away at Wrexham.

Eastleigh 2-2 Dover

Eastleigh raced into an early lead through Ben Williamson with less than 2 minutes played before the visitors hit back with two goals to go in front. Paul McCallum equalised late in the game to salvage a point for the Spitfires on former Eastleigh boss Andy Hessenthaler's return to the Silverlake Stadium.

Reaction from Ben Strevens:

Maidstone 1-3 Eastleigh

Paul McCallum scored twice to take his tally to 11 goals for the season. Joey Jones also scored his first goal for the club as the Spitfires sealed a comfortable 3-1 away win at Maidstone.

Reaction from Eastleigh boss Ben Strevens:
🗣 | “A real professional performance, we deserved the three points.”

Strevs remains unbeaten in permanent charge 👏#Spitfires 🔵⚪️ — Eastleigh FC (@EastleighFC) November 27, 2018

Eastleigh 1-1 Chesterfield

Alex Wynter headed Eastleigh into an early first-half lead. The visitors equalised before half-time through Jordan Hallam.

Paul McCallum had a great opportunity to claim a winner for the Spitfires late in the game, who were up against former boss Martin Allen's Chesterfield.
Both sides had to make do with a point in the end as Ben Strevens' Eastleigh stretched their unbeaten run to five games.
Reaction from man of the match Mark Yeates: A MOTM performance for Mark Yeates as @EastleighFC drew 1-1 with @ChesterfieldFC today

Listen to reaction from #Spitfires boss Ben Strevens in the #NonLeague Podcast 🔊👉 — BBC Solent Sport (@solentsport) November 24, 2018REACTION |

Watch as Strev's gives his thoughts after today's 1-1 @TheNationalLge draw versus Chesterfield.

👇👇👇— Eastleigh FC (@EastleighFC) November 24, 2018

Barrow 0-3 Eastleigh

Eastleigh ran out comfortable 3-0 winners away at Barrow. Two goals from Paul McCallum and one from Ben Williamson helped Ben Strevens and Jason Bristow's Spitfires claim all three points in a thoroughly professional display.

Reaction from Paul McCallum:
REACTION: @EastleighFC double scorer Paul McCallum with @Ian_Wilding1 after 3-0 win at Barrow — BBC Solent Sport (@solentsport) November 17, 2018

Highlights | Eastleigh v Salford City

Watch highlights from Eastleigh's 1-1 draw at home to Salford City.

Strevens named new Eastleigh manager

Ben Strevens has been appointed as Eastleigh manager following a succesful spell as interim boss.

Strevens said: "After hearing the news on Friday, I can’t wait to get started now.

"I’m really looking forward to the job, it’ll be a hard job but I’m really looking forward to it.

“My first two games in caretaker charge, I’ll be the first to admit I wasn’t happy with the performances or the results but the boys have responded with their performances away at Halifax and then two real good results against two real good sides (Leyton Orient and Salford).

“Really, it’s the boys who got me this job and opportunity, I just want to carry on the good work and keep improving.”

Eastleigh 1-1 Salford City

Eastleigh were cruelly denied all three points as Salford scored a late equaliser despite being very much second-best throughout. Ben Williamson netted for the Spitfires who put in a strong display but were unable to convert further chances.

Reaction from Ben Strevens:
Eastleigh caretaker manager Ben Strevens says today's performance against @SalfordCityFC shows how much the players are playing for each other and the club despite conceding late on in the 1-1 draw

Listen to the @EastleighFC caretaker boss with @Ian_Wilding1 🔊👇 — BBC Solent Sport (@solentsport) November 3, 2018

Eastleigh 1-1 Leyton Orient

Josh Hare scored for the second game in a row to earn a point for the Spitfires against Leyton Orient at the Silverlake Stadium.

FC Halifax 0-1 Eastleigh

Josh Hare scored the only goal of the game at Halifax to get the Spitfires back to winning ways.

Reaction from caretaker manager Ben Strevens below:
GOAL! ⚽️ || Halifax 0-1 Eastleigh

Josh Hare (@Hare_Josh42) gives @EastleighFC the lead 👊

Listen live with @Ian_Wilding1 🔊👉 — BBC Solent Sport (@solentsport) October 27, 2018
REACTION: @EastleighFC caretaker manager Ben Strevens with @Ian_Wilding1 after 1-0 win at — BBC Solent Sport (@solentsport) October 27, 2018

Eastleigh 1-2 Aldershot

Paul McCallum gave the Spitfires an early lead but visitors Aldershot hit back with two goals to claim all three points at the Silverlake Stadium as Eastleigh's six game unbeaten run came to an end.

Reaction from caretaker boss Ben Strevens:
🗣 | "I think that first half really set the pattern for the game."

Strevs gives his lowdown on a tough first day in the office #Spitfires 🔵⚪️ — Eastleigh FC (@EastleighFC) October 13, 2018

Braintree 1-2 Eastleigh

Eastleigh made it six games unbeaten with a fourth consecutive win. Paul McCallum scored his fifth goal of the season before Chris Zebroski doubled the Spitfires' lead. Braintree pulled a goal back in the second half but Eastleigh secured all three points.

Gateshead 0-1 Eastleigh

Eastleigh made it three wins and three clean sheets in a row with a 1-0 victory at Gateshead courtesy of a Josh Hare goal.

Reaction from goalscorer Josh Hare and Spitfires' boss Andy Hessenthaler:
REACTION: @EastleighFC scorer Josh Hare with @joelholty after 1-0 win at Gateshead — BBC Solent Sport (@solentsport) September 29, 2018
REACTION: @EastleighFC boss Andy Hessenthaler with @joelholty after 1-0 win at Gateshead — BBC Solent Sport (@solentsport) September 29, 2018

Eastleigh 1-0 Boreham Wood

Another late winner for Eastleigh. This time it was Mark Yeates on target for the Spitfires who claimed back-to-back victories. It was also a second clean sheet in as many games for goalkeeper Max Stryjek.

Reaction from Ross Flitney:
🎥 | "He's pulled off the best save I've probably ever seen live!"

Goalkeeping coach Ross Flitney reacts to THAT save from Max Stryjek and another victory for the Spitfires 👐#Spitfires 🔵⚪️ — Eastleigh FC (@EastleighFC) September 25, 2018

Eastleigh 1-0 Dagenham & Redbridge

Max Stryjek saved a penalty on his debut in goal for Eastleigh and a last minute winner from Alex Wynter earned the Spitfires all three points against Dagenham and Redbridge.

 Reaction from Andy Hessenthaler:
Andy Hessentalher was full of praise for on-loan Sunderland goalkeeper Max Stryjek after he saved a penalty in @EastleighFC's win against @Dag_RedFC

Listen to the #Spitfires boss after the 1-0 win at The Silverlake 🔊👇 — BBC Solent Sport (@solentsport) September 22, 2018

Hartlepool 1-1 Eastleigh

Paul McCallum was on the scoresheet for Eastleigh to end the Spitfires' goal drought and help secure a 1-1 draw away at Hartlepool.

Reaction from Andy Hessenthaler:
REACTION: @EastleighFC boss Andy Hessenthaler with @Ian_Wilding1 after 1-1 draw at Hartlepool Utd — BBC Solent Sport (@solentsport) September 15, 2018

Eastleigh 0-0 AFC Fylde

The Spitfires kept a clean sheet in a stalemate at the Silverlake Stadium as Eastleigh and AFC Fylde played out a goalless draw.

Reaction from Andy Hessenthaler:
Eastleigh stopped a run of three straight defeats with a draw against Fylde

Here's the reaction of @EastleighFC boss Andy Hessentalher 🔊👇 — BBC Solent Sport (@solentsport) September 8, 2018
Photo: Graham Scrambler

Maidenhead 2-0 Eastleigh

A Josh Kelly double at the end of the first half helped Maidenhead to a 2-0 victory over Eastleigh on Tuesday night.

Harrogate 4-0 Eastleigh

Eastleigh suffered a 4-0 defeat away at Harrogate.

Eastleigh 0-1 Ebbsfleet

Ten-man Eastleigh put in a spirited second half display after seeing Alex Wynter sent off in the first half for two yellow cards. Danny Kedwell scored the only goal of the game for the visitors on the stroke of half time.

Dover 1-2 Eastleigh

Ben Williamson and Paul McCallum were both on target for the Spitfires who came away from Dover with all three points.

Reaction from Andy Hessenthaler:
🗣| “The first half was the best we’ve played”

Manager Hessy on the 2-1 win at @DoverAthletic#Spitfires 🔵⚪️ — Eastleigh FC (@EastleighFC) August 25, 2018

Eastleigh 1-3 Wrexham

Eastleigh were 2-0 down inside 13 minutes to league leaders Wrexham at the Silverlake. Paul McCallum pulled a goal back in the second half after substitute Andrew Boyce was sent off leaving the Spitfires down to ten men. The visitors then added a third late on.

Eastleigh 1-0 Bromley

Mark Yeates was on the scoresheet in a 1-0 win to help the Spitfires to back to back victories.

Barnet 1-2 Eastleigh

A screamer from Michael Green and a second Eastleigh goal scored by Paul McCallum helped Andy Hessenthaler's Spitfires' to their first three points of the season with a 2-1 win at Barnet.

📺 | All of the weekend’s goals from our 2-1 victory against @BarnetFC!#BetterTogether#Spitfires 🔵⚪️— Eastleigh FC (@EastleighFC) August 13, 2018

Sutton 1-0 Eastleigh

Eastleigh fell to a 1-0 defeat away at Sutton as former Spitfire Jamie Collins scored the only goal of the game from the penalty spot.

Eastleigh 1-2 Solihull Moors

Eastleigh fell to a 1-2 defeat on the first day of the new season despite going a goal ahead and looking in control for the majority of the game. Paul McCallum scored a penalty for the Spitfires but Solihull hit back with two late goals to win.

Leatherhead 1-3 Eastleigh

Oscar Gobern, Ben Williamson and Paul McCallum were all on target for the Spitfires in a 3-1 pre-season friendly win at Leatherhead.

Basingstoke 1-1 Eastleigh

Ben Williamson scored for Eastleigh in their 1-1 pre-season friendly draw at Basingstoke.

AFC Totton 0-3 Eastleigh

Eastleigh ran out 3-0 winners over Totton with goals from Chris Zebroski, Mark Yeates and Michael Green.

Gosport 0-2 Eastleigh

Paul McCallum scored twice as Eastleigh beat Gosport 2-0 in their latest pre-season friendly.

Fixtures 2018/2019

Eastleigh 2018/2019 Fixtures:

Eastleigh 2-1 Reading

Eastleigh beat Reading 2-1 in their first pre-season friendly ahead of the 2018/19 season at the Silverlake Stadium. Paul McCallum and Ben Williamson were on target for the Spitfires.

Wynter and Jones join Eastleigh

Eastleigh have secured a double signing in the form of 24-year-olds Alex Wynter from Maidstone United and Joe Jones from Woking.

Spitfires manager Andy Hessenthaler commented: “My remit over the summer was to bring the average age of the squad down and that is exactly what I have managed to achieve.

"The players we are signing, all have bright futures and hopefully that lies with Eastleigh Football Club.

“The Chairman and the other directors have been excellent this week in allowing me to make further signings. 
"I am fully aware of how tight the budget is to bring in any further signings and they have allowed me to do so, I am really pleased to get these over the line.”

Alex Wynter said: “I am really pleased to be on board. 
"After speaking to the gaffer and hearing his plans for the club, I couldn’t say no. 
"This is an exciting challenge and something I want to be part of. I can’t wait to get going!”

Joe Jones said: “Being able to focus purely on my football and…

Eastleigh sign Josh Hare

23-year-old defender Josh Hare has signed a one-year deal with Eastleigh to become Andy Hessenthaler’s second signing of the summer.

Hare was most recently at Maidstone United in the National League and has also played for Leatherhead, Eastbourne Borough, and Gillingham.

Upon signing for the Spitfires, Josh said: “I am really pleased to join Eastleigh. A major factor for me was the chance to join a full-time club. 
"Being able to concentrate on my football every day was a no-brainer.

“I am an ambitious player and the club are equally as ambitious. 
"We all want to be successful here and hopefully we can achieve our targets.

“I am a hard worker firstly and more than happy to get up and down the wing. I like to be positive and get forward as much as I can.”

Eastleigh boss Andy Hessenthaler said: “I am delighted to secure the services of Josh. 
"He is young, versatile and attacking. He is exactly the type of player we want to bring to the club.

“His ambitions match the pla…

Oscar Gobern signs for Eastleigh

Eastleigh has announced the signing of 27-year-old midfielder Oscar Gobern on a one-year deal.

Gobern, the Spitfires' first signing of the summer, came through the ranks at Southampton and played a role in helping the club win promotion from League One to the Championship.

His previous clubs also include MK Dons, Queens Park Rangers and Yeovil.

First Team manager Andy Hessenthaler commented: “I am absolutely thrilled to get this over the line.

"He has a decent pedigree and has played at a good level. He is young and hungry and will be a big addition to the playing squad.

“I would also like to thank the club in their efforts to get the deal completed. I know there has been a lot of hard work gone on behind the scenes and I can’t thank them enough.”

Upon signing for Eastleigh, Gobern said: “After speaking to the gaffer and Strevs (Ben Strevens), it was clear what their intentions are and it was a no-brainer for me to come down.

"The potential this club has is tremendous a…

Club statements: Ownership, Hessenthaler, Hill

Change in ownership

Eastleigh FC are pleased to confirm details of the ownership changes due to outgoing chairman Stewart Donald’s purchase of Sunderland AFC.

The club is now in possession of the relevant Football Association ownership and directors’ test approvals for Kenny Amor, Tom Coffey and Joanne Sprigg.

We are, therefore, now able to confirm that an agreement has been made for the above trio and current chief executive officer Mark Jewell to purchase a controlling interest of the football club from Stewart Donald and his family.

The new owners are due to be formally introduced to the National League’s executive board during the National Conference at the Celtic Manor on Saturday, June 9.

However, they have immediately taken control of the day-to-day running of the club.

We appreciate the fans’ patience during this transition period as we understand you have been eager for updates surrounding the future of the club.

Further updates regarding club developments will follow when we…

Eastleigh FC put up for sale

Eastleigh FC has been put up for sale by chairman Stewart Donald, who looks set to invest in Sunderland.

The statement in full from Donald reads as follows:

"It is with great sadness and regret that I have to inform the Eastleigh fans that I have put our football club up for sale. I have spent over six years at the club and from the very first moment I arrived I have been welcomed and treated with great respect and kindness and I am truly grateful for the support everyone has given regardless of how well the team have performed at any given time.

"It is an emotional decision for me and one that I did not expect to have to make. However, with my potential involvement in Sunderland, it is a condition that I must relinquish control of Eastleigh. If the rules were different I would have loved to remain with the club for many years to come.

"Eastleigh has become, and will always be, extremely close to my heart. I have always tried to look after the club to the best of my abi…

Solihull Moors 1-4 Eastleigh

Eastleigh signed off the season in style with a 4-1 win against Solihull Moors with Sam Matthews scoring a hat-trick and starring for the Spitfires.

Eastleigh finished their @TheNationalLge season in style 👌@SolihullMoors 1-4 @EastleighFC

Sam Matthews (@Sam_LMatthews) with a hat-trick 👊 Listen to the goals ⬇️ — BBC Solent Sport (@solentsport) April 28, 2018

Eastleigh 0-2 Macclesfield

Eastleigh's final home game of the season ended in defeat as Macclesfield won 2-0 at the Silverlake Stadium to secure promotion to League Two as champions.

Reaction from Andy Hessenthaler:

Gateshead 2-0 Eastleigh

Eastleigh came back empty-handed from a long trip to Gateshead. The hosts scored a goal either side of half time to win 2-0.

Barrow 3-2 Eastleigh

Eastleigh almost came away with a point despite being 3-1 down at Barrow. 
Ben Williamson made it 3-2 late on to add to Chris Zebroski's earlier strike before Ross Flitney headed the ball against the crossbar in the final seconds.

Eastleigh 1-1 Wrexham

Ten-man Eastleigh fought back from a goal down to earn a point with a dramatic late equaliser at the Silverlake.

EASTLEIGH: Graham Stack, Sam Togwell (Ben Williamson, 65), Sam Wood (Michael Green, 82), Cav Miley, Ryan Cresswell, Andrew Boyce, Mark Yeates, Ryan Broom, Paul McCallum, Sam Matthews, Chris Zebroski (Reda Johnson, 72). Subs (not used): Ross Flitney, Danny Hollands.

Referee: Adam Bromley.

Attendance: 1,765 (205 from Wrexham)

Reaction from Andy Hessenthaler, Graham Stack and Ryan Cresswell:
REACTION: Thoughts from the #Spitfires boss Andy Hessenthaler, Graham Stack (@GrahamStack1) & Ryan Cresswell after their clash with Wrexham...

Listen: — BBC Solent Sport (@solentsport) April 7, 2018

Aldershot 0-2 Eastleigh

Goals from Chris Zebroski and Paul McCallum on Easter Monday saw the Spitfires register back-to-back wins with a fine performance away at Aldershot.

Eastleigh 2-1 Dover

A late brace from Eastleigh's Paul McCallum saw the Spitfires come from a goal behind to beat Dover 2-1.

McCallum scored twice in the last six minutes to help Eastleigh to their first win in two months and the result sees Andy Hessenthaler's side move nine points clear of the drop zone.

Reaction from Andy Hessenthaler:

Tranmere 3-1 Eastleigh

Eastleigh fell to a third successive away defeat in the National League with a 3-1 loss at Tranmere.

Reaction from Andy Hessenthaler:
Eastleigh boss Andy Hessentalher says the 3-1 scoreline against @TranmereRovers wasn't a fair reflection of the #Spitfires performance

More @EastleighFC reaction 👉 — BBC Solent Sport (@solentsport) March 24, 2018

Eastleigh 0-0 Leyton Orient

Eastleigh drew 0-0 at the Silverlake Stadium for the second game in a row after three weeks without any football due to adverse weather.

Eastleigh: Graham Stack, Gavin Hoyte, Sam Wood, Sam Togwell, Reda Johnson, Ayo Obileye, Andrew Boyce, Mark Yeates, Cavaghn Miley (Sam Matthews, 68), Ben Williamson, Paul McCallum (Chris Zebroski, 78). Subs (not used): Ryan Cresswell, Ryan Broom, Danny Hollands.

Referee: Joseph Johnson.

Attendance: 2,030.

Eastleigh 0-0 FC Halifax

Eastleigh kept a first clean sheet in 27 National League games in a goalless draw at home against FC Halifax.

Eastleigh: Graham Stack, Gavin Hoyte, Sam Wood, Sam Togwell (Mark Yeates, 77), Reda Johnson, Andrew Boyce, Ayo Obileye, Sam Matthews, Cavaghn Miley, Paul McCallum, Chris Zebroski (Ben Williamson, 65). Subs (not used): Ryan Broom, Danny Hollands, Ross Flitney.

Referee: Sam Purkiss.
Attendance: 1,825 (92 Halifax)
Reaction from Andy Hessenthaler:
REACTION: @EastleighFC boss Andy Hessenthaler reflects on goalless draw with @FCHalifaxTown — BBC Solent Sport (@solentsport) February 24, 2018

Maidenhead 3-1 Eastleigh

Ayo Obileye netted his seventh goal of the season from the penalty spot on the stroke of half-time to make it 1-1, but the Spitfires lost 3-1 away at Maidenhead after two second-half goals.

Eastleigh: Stack, Hoyte, Togwell, Cresswell, Wood (Shaw 72), McCallum (Constable 79), Yeates (Williamson 72), Zebroski, Obileye, Miley, Matthews. Booked: McCallum, Hoyte.

Reaction from Andy Hessenthaler and Ayo Obileye following a third straight defeat.
.@EastleighFC manager Andy Hessenthaler says his players need to start "earning their money" after defeat at Maidenhead

It was Eastleigh's third straight defeat in — BBC Solent Sport (@solentsport) February 20, 2018
A 7⃣th @EastleighFC goal of the season for @AyoObileye couldn't inspire the #Spitfires to victory. The defender has spoken to @Ian_Wilding1 after the 3-1 defeat — BBC Solent Sport (@solentsport) February 20, 2018

Chester 3-1 Eastleigh

Eastleigh slipped to 13th in the table after a second defeat in as many games. Chester ran out 3-1 winners. Mark Yeates the Spitfires' goalscorer.

Reaction from Andy Hessenthaler: “We said before the game that the work ethic had been tremendous for the last nine or ten games but the problem is that we’ve kept conceding goals and it’s caught up with us now.

“I wasn’t disappointed with the performance last week (a 2-0 home defeat by Boreham Wood) but after today everyone has got to look at themselves.

“We can’t keep conceding goals the way we are.

"It's up to myself and the coaching staff to get that right but, ultimately, it comes down to the players. They've let us down today."

Eastleigh 0-2 Boreham Wood

Eastleigh suffered their first defeat under Andy Hessenthaler bringing to an end a nine-match unbeaten run as Boreham Wood ran out 2-0 winners at the Silverlake Stadium.

Eastleigh: Graham Stack, Gavin Hoyte, Sam Wood, Sam Togwell, Andrew Boyce (Mark Yeates, 68), Ryan Cresswell, Sam Matthews, Cav Miley (Ayo Obileye, 80), Ben Williamson, Chris Zebroski (James Constable, 71), Ryan Broom, Subs: Ayo Obileye, Danny Hollands, Frazer Shaw.

Referee: Savvas Yianni.

Attendance: 1,751

AFC Fylde 2-2 Eastleigh

Ryan Broom scored twice to help maintain Eastleigh's unbeaten run, which now stretches to nine games in the National League.

Spitfires boss Andy Hessenthaler reflecting on the point said: “I think it was a fair result.

“The way we started the game was tremendous. We pinned them back and we got the goal.

“But Fylde are a good side. They’re young, they have very good movement and they take risks. It’s hard to stop their flow of play, but we dug in and defended really well.

“They equalised, but we responded straight afterwards with an absolutely fantastic goal. It was a sublime finish by Ryan who had an exceptional afternoon on his first start.

“It (Fylde's late equaliser) was a little bit frustrating when we were so close to getting all three points, but this was a good point and a valuable one against a decent side.

“My target when I took over was two points a game. I’ve had eight games and we’re actually two points ahead of that target with 18.

“We’ve now got to build on that …

Eastleigh 4-3 Hartlepool

A Chris Zebroski hattrick fired Eastleigh to victory in a seven-goal thriller at the Silverlake Stadium. The Spitfires came from behind twice and made it four wins on the bounce. Andy Hessenthaler's side are now unbeaten in eight games.

A fitting way to pay tribute to club founder Derik Brooks who sadly passed away this week aged 94.

Eastleigh: Ross Flitney, Gavin Hoyte, Sam Wood, Sam Togwell (Danny Hollands, 84), Ayo Obileye, Andrew Boyce, Mark Yeates (Ryan Broom, 83), Cav Miley, Ben Williamson (James Constable, 74), Chris Zebroski, Sam Matthews. Subs: Ryan Cresswell, Frazer Shaw.

Referee: Richard Hulme.

Attendance: 2,154 (250 Hartlepool)

Andy Hessenthaler on hattrick hero Zebroski: “He was man-of-the-match by a country mile. He didn’t stop running all game. Where he gets his energy from, I don’t know, but it’s fantastic for us.

“Again, I’m disappointed with the goals we’ve given away, but we look such a threat going forward.

“The character of the squad is fantastic – not just th…