EASTLEIGH V GLOUCESTER CITY
SATURDAY 30TH SEPTEMBER 2006
FA CUP SPONSORED BY E.ON 2ND QUALIFYING ROUND
A typical FA Cup classic watched by over 400 at the Silverlake Stadium this afternoon saw a 2-0 deficit turned into a 3-2 win in what was a brilliant end to the tie.
Gloucester took the lead through a dubious first half penalty after twenty minutes and then doubled their lead mid-way through the second half. Eastleigh at this point looked dead and buried but amazingly fought back with three superb goals. Andy Forbes gave the Spitfires a glimmer of hope just two minutes after Paul Doswell’s side fell further behind. Incredibly Eastleigh pulled level just half a minute later when Jamie Brown netted his first for the club. The comeback was complete on 79 minutes when Forbes scored once more as Eastleigh finish on a high and cruise into the next round of the cup.
With the midweek departures of Paul Musselwhite and Matt Bound, Eastleigh welcomed two new signings, Bertie Brayley a forward …
Ex-pros Matt Bound and Paul Musselwhite have both left Eastleigh after their stay at the Silverlake Stadium has come to an abrupt and premature end.
Last year's captain of Conference South Champions Weymouth, Bound has left with just 11 games of the season gone. Meanwhile former Scunthorpe goalkeeper Paul Musselwhite who made over 600 football league appearances has also on his way out.
In the light of Bound's departure, Steve West from Leyton has been snapped up. He is 33 years old and can play either as a centre back or a striker. His previous clubs include Dagenham & Redbridge, Grays, Woking and Hornchurch. Having already appeared for Leyton in the FA Cup this year he is ineligible to play for Eastleigh in tomorrow's match against Gloucester as Steve is cup tied.
There is speculation that Farnborough goalkeeper Kevin Scriven, 22, could be brought in as a replacement for Musselwhite.
With all the injury problems and suspensions that Eastleigh have at the moment there…
EASTLEIGH: Joe Morrison, Scott Gilham (c), Sam Stannard, Aaron Martin, Lewis Hunt, Phil Cousens, Sayem Kabir, Lee O'Connell, Macs Sampays, Zach Glasspool, Leroy Swaby
SUBS: Ryan Woodford, Craig Barlow, Andy Weston
Report by Jamie Montigue
From the off, Eastleigh never really looked at ease and came under pressure on several occasions. In the second minute of the game goalkeeper Joe Morrison appeared very hesitant and failed to deal with a routine catch as the ball bounced over his head, and Sutton were denied by a good clearance.
Eastleigh's Sam Stannard, who has now returned to full fitness, had a header that cleared the stand from a Lee O'Connell left wing delivery early on.
With striker Ben Ngwa going to university at Bristol, Eastleigh have taken on a very able replacement in Leroy Swaby. From a long drop kick from Morrison, Swaby brought the ball down well before spinning past his marker and getting his shot in from distance that only just went wide of goal.
After last years disapointment in the same competition with a heavy defeat away to Havant and Waterlooville in the replay after a 0-0 draw at home, Eastleigh will be looking to emulate Yeading's performance of a couple of years back where they played against Newcastle United. A good cup run with no doubt build confidence, which in turn would be a boost for the league.
After playing arguably their best football of the season yet at Salisbury on Tuesday night, the Spitfires despite losing in the derby match followed the excellent performance up with a 1-1 draw today at the Silverlake Stadium.
Eastleigh dominated the opening stage of the game but somehow fell behind in the 22nd minute through a Steve Harper goal. Thankfully Wayne Purser’s equaliser just after the restart meant Paul Doswell’s side left the Silverlake Stadium with a point. New signing Jamie Brown made his home debut for the club along with on loan Weymouth midfielder Andy Harris, and both players were very impressive from start to finish.
Despite playing well early on, Eastleigh had a couple of scares with Matt Bound heading only inches over his own cross bar and then in the 7th minute a Tarkan Mustafa deflected shot was turned high and wide of Wayne Shaw’s goal from close range.
Jefferson Louis signed a one year contract with Eastleigh during the summer and it was thought he could be the answer to the striker crisis at the club.
The former Oxford United striker was suspended for the first three games of the season and didn't really impress until his 89th minute equaliser at Braintree Town.
It has been reported that Doswell was not happy with the players attitude and the fact that he was not turning up at training. The news of Louis leaving Eastleigh alerted Havant boss Ian Baird, however the striker whose contract has been terminated, has now signed for Yeading.
Paul Musselwhite, Lee O'Connell, Aaron Martin, Adam James, Scott Gilham, Macs Sampays, Lewis Hunt, Ryan Ashford (c), Karim Hraiba, Zach Glasspool, Darren Wheeler
SUBS: Luke Douglas, Liam Winzar, Craig Cansdale, Sayem Kabir
6. Karim Hraiba through ball from left for the lively DARREN WHEELER, who sprinted into 18 yard box before easily slotting the ball into the bottom corner for the opening goal. 1-0.
14. Lewis Hunt to captain Ryan Ashford, stinger from 30 yards that swerved left and right with the keeper knowing very little about the save. As the powerful effort came back off the keeper it bounced awkwardly off striker Zach Glasspool and out for a goal kick.
22. Eastleigh went 2-0 up through a very quickly taken free kick that saw WHEELER pick up his second of the game. Hraiba was chopped down outside the box and with permission from the ref to take the kick early Ashford put the ball straight on the head of Wheeler who …
Former Dorchester midfielder/striker Jamie Brown has signed for Eastleigh Liam Green going in the opposite direction where he will spend two months on loan, hopefully picking up valuable first team football.
Brown spent five seasons at the Avenue Stadium scoring 34 goals in 216 games. The 25 year old previously played for BAT and was born in Southampton. Meanwhile Weymouth midfielder Andy Harris, 29 has also joined the ranks on a one month loan deal.
In other player news, striker Dave Town has been released from his Spitfires contract and is now a free agent.
Both new signings will be available for selection for tomorrow night's derby match against Salisbury.
The Spitfires are finally back to winning ways, after Brian Dutton’s 6th minute goal proved to be the winner. Despite the ever-growing injury list, including captain Danny Smith who was missing today, Eastleigh showed exactly the kind of character needed to get the three points and should they win at Salisbury on Tuesday night things would be looking a lot more comfortable.
Eastleigh’s first attack on Sutton’s goal led to the only goal of the game. Only 6 minutes of the game had been played when Darren Wheeler’s run from the right saw the tricky winger cut inside and pick out Ian Oliver in space in the area, who miss-hit a shot at goal. However, this worked in Eastleigh’s favour as it sat up perfectly for another former Weymouth midfielder, BRIAN DUTTON, who headed the ball home superbly from six yards to round off an excellent move.
Despite getting off to the best possible start, Eastleigh all of a sudden had a flurry of ch…
Mark Blake has stepped down from his role of head coach at the Silverlake Stadium, read the full article here by Wendy Gee
PURSER SNAPPED UP ON LOAN
Weymouth striker Wayne Purser made his Eastleigh debut at Braintree on Saturday. The striker has played for Peterborough, Hornchurch, QPR, Barnet and Leyton Orient. In the Terra's promotion campaign he missed a huge part of the season due to an eye injury.
EASTLEIGH RESERVES: Luke Douglas, Liam Winzar, Scott Gilham, Aaron Martin, Craig Cansdale, Ryan Ashford (c), Macs Sampays, Andy Weston, Phil Cousins, Ben Ngwa, Brett Williams
SUBS: Hraiba Karim, Paul Fagg, Lee O'Connell
11. Phil Cousins shot wide of goal from Ben Ngwa lay off
18. Aaron Martin long defensive header found Ngwa, who brought the ball down well before spreading the play out to the left for Brett Williams. Williams however, couldn't keep his half volley down.
24. Scott Gilham to Ryan Ashford down left, the captain did superbly well to keep the ball in whilst flicking a pass over to Ngwa all in one movement. Although the young striker took a slightly heavy touch and the ball went out for a goal kick.
28. The two left sided players linked up well again - Gilham and Ashford, with the full back feeding the ball into the feet of Ngwa whose excellent touch allowed him to spray the ball out to the right wing for Macs Sampays who was in acres of space, but as he bore down …
Jefferson Louis grabbed an 90th minute equaliser to cancel out an early Braintree goal.
Following a run of four successive defeats, it was a somewhat nervous looking Eastleigh side that took the field for a one o’clock kick off in deepest rural Essex on Saturday. Francis Benali returned to the side from injury, Ian Oliver was moved forward into a midfield role on the left hand side and a debut for Wayne Purser, a striker signed on a month’s loan from Weymouth.
The start could not have been worse either. On ten minutes Eastleigh found themselves a goal behind. A long free kick from deep inside his own half by Billy Burgess landed in between Matt Bound And Paul Musselwhite. The momentary hesitation between the two allowed Louis Riddle time to intercept the ball and strike into an unguarded goal.
The home side were now running the whole of the pitch. Midfield general Bradley Quinton orchestrating many of the moves from midfield wit…