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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.



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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.
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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).
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Sam Matthews returns to Eastleigh on loan

Eastleigh have signed 20-year-old midfielder Sam Matthews on loan from AFC Bournemouth until January.

Matthews was part of Richard Hill's squad at the end of last season where he scored three goals for the Spitfires in nine appearances.

“Sam is a player I like and deserves his chance," said Hill.
"We've been monitoring Sam’s situation over the summer and once the chance was there for me to take him, I felt It was an opportunity I couldn’t miss.
“Again, AFC Bournemouth have been excellent in this whole situation and have stuck to their word.
"They had clubs from this division after Sam, and following our discussions in the summer they came to us first.
"They have also made the deal financially possible so it’s only right I give them the credit they deserve.”

Eastleigh Football Club is delighted to announce the loan signing of Sam Matthews from AFC Bournemouth until January. pic.twitter.com/amWZM1LL6N — Eastleigh FC (@EastleighFC) August 8, 2017
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Bromley 0-0 Eastleigh | Hill's reaction

Richard Hill's post-match reaction after Eastleigh's 0-0 draw at Bromley on the opening day of the season.

“We did alright for 60 per cent of the game. Yes, we could have been a little bit more clinical in front of goal and when we had the ball in the last third of the pitch.

“In the first half we were almost definitely the better team. We were dominant. We just didn’t have that cutting edge.

“There were a couple of times when we could have had a shot at goal and we didn’t do it.

“We needed to score in the first-half hour when we were imposing ourselves on them quite a lot.

“We had a couple of set-pieces later in the game that we might have done more with and Bromley could probably say the same – but then you’d expect them to as the home side.

“But for us to come away from home, first game of the season on an unknown surface, you’re pleased with that.

“This level of football for me is not about being expansive, it’s not about having flair.

"You need one or two players tha…