Saturday, 28 October 2006

Histon Gallery

Photos by Jozef Montigue

Eastleigh 1-0 Histon



Eastleigh not only beat the league leaders today, but won their first league game since their 1-0 win over Sutton United back in September. It was also the first time they have ever won against Histon having lost twice against them last season. Andy Forbes continued exactly where he left off last week where he scored a fine hattrick at Weston, with another quality finish that proved to be the winner.

Changes from last weeks side included new goalkeeper James Pullen, formerly of Ipswich Town, who replaced Wayne Shaw between the sticks. Peter Castle and Ian Oliver were both left out with Liam Green starting at left back and Martin Thomas returning to the side having now agreed to stay on at the Silverlake Stadium.

It was Histon who had the first chance of the game in the third minute; with Eastleigh’s new boy James Pullen spring into action. Adrian Cambridge whipped the ball in from a left sided free kick that evaded a number of people in a crowded penalty area and it looked to be creeping into the bottom corner. Pullen, however, reacted superbly pushing the ball wide of goal showing tremendous instincts.

Paul Doswell’s side were soon on the front foot, playing some lovely passing football. Their first attempt saw a patient build up result in an Andy Forbes header being tipped over the bar by Lance Key. Martin Thomas and David Hughes linked up well down the right before Forbes raced in at the back post forcing a smart stop out of the Histon keeper.

Andy Forbes had a chance to give Eastleigh a surprise lead on ten minutes as Hughes’ lofted pass picked out the deadly front man, but on this occasion his volley flew harmlessly wide.

On the rare occasions that the visitors got forward, James Pullen in the Eastleigh goal looked solid with good handling and awareness backed up by Chris Collins and Rob Marshall who were dominant, gave the table toppers very little to cheer about.

After a wild strike from Histon’s Adrian Cambridge, Eastleigh took the game to their opponents once more. Andy Forbes brought the ball down with elegant control before being brought down on the left outside the penalty area. David Hughes tried to find Forbes from the free kick but it was Key that got there first punching the ball out as far as the Eastleigh skipper Andy Harris whose follow up effort was poor.

James Pullen was the hero for Eastleigh for a second time as his double stop denied Histon a 27th minute opener. Histon were allowed time and space to shoot from the edge of the area from which Pullen managed to get a hand to spilling it back but then recovered with a brave save at the feet of the centre forward to deflect the ball wide.

Robbie Nightingale came within inches of breaking the deadlock for the Cambridgeshire side. A soft foul was conceded on the left by Eastleigh and from the dead ball, it was half cleared by Collins and exquisitely struck by the Histon midfielder first time on the volley.

Despite these couple of chances for Histon, the home side were still playing the better football and looked the more likely to score. On the half hour mark, a quick free kick was played to Andy Forbes on the right hand side of goal who managed to flick the ball to the back post for Steve West who couldn’t beat Lance Key with his header.

In the next couple of minutes, the pressure continued to mount on Histon. A handball by Matt Haniver trying to defend against Jamie Brown, led to Andy Forbes having a shot hit Rob Marshall with Liam Green doing his best to get it back in forcing a corner kick. Green’s corner from the right bounced across the box several times in what was a true goalmouth scramble with Histon failing to clear numerously. Steve West managed to head the ball back across, where Danny Smith’s effort fell for ANDY FORBES. The in-form striker smashed the ball home into the roof of the net from close range, as he picked up the pieces finding himself in the right place at the right time.

The goal came ten minutes before the break and was no less than they deserved. On forty-five minutes, Eastleigh worked the ball right from the back and very nearly created an opening. Martin Thomas stylishly won the ball back inside his own penalty area and then chipping it down the line for Steve West who nodded on for Brown. The goalscorer Andy Forbes was in acres of space to the left but the final ball lacked the quality needed.

HALF TIME – Eastleigh 1-0 Histon

Having finished the first half the better side, playing the better football, Eastleigh made a slow start to the second with Histon looking dangerous particularly from their crosses.

It took just four minutes to shake this off though as Andy Forbes could and probably should have doubled his tally for the day latching on to a trademark David Hughes through ball. Forbes slid in with his left foot sending the ball a whisker away from goal.

Mat Mitchell-King was denied a Histon equaliser thanks to Chris Collins heading the ball over the bar on the goal line with Pullen stranded.

On the break, Martin Thomas sent the ball to the back stick for Forbes who promptly created a chance for Danny Smith inside the 18-yard box. The tireless midfielder bundled his way through and although being brought down under a clumsy challenge, a foul was awarded against Smith.

After the hour mark, Histon unsportingly continued play in spite of Danny Smith picking up a nasty knock, as they went looking for an equaliser although in all honesty it never looked like coming.

Chris Collins was as resolute as ever as Histon tried to find a way through the unwavering partnership of himself and Marshall, not to mention the goalkeeper Pullen who didn’t put a foot (or hand) wrong all day.

In the 75th minute, good work from Green and Forbes saw Danny Smith come close with a header at the back post that sailed just wide. The impressive Liam Green, in unfamiliar territory of left back, was growing in confidence as the game wore on creating things going forward and doing his job defensively. His corner resulted in a Jamie Brown header being cleared with Smith leaning back on the follow up smashing high and wide.

Darren Wheeler replaced Steve West for the remaining 12 or so minutes and made an immediate impact with his frightening pace. Andy Harris played it down the park towards the corner flag, and out of nowhere the substitute Wheeler burst onto the scene almost beating Histon keeper Lance Key to the ball, despite being a good 30 yards further away from the ball, forcing a throw in.

Eastleigh threatened again moments later, this time it was Liam Green’s amazing cross from the left surprised everyone going out for a throw in when it was deserving of a lot more.

Andy Forbes should have put the game beyond doubt having been teed up by Harris. From 10 yards out, Forbes’ effort glided just a yard over the bar as Eastleigh demonstrated once more that they were well and truly on top. Before the game came to a close David Hughes went for goal from distance and narrowly missed the top corner as it drifted away at the last moment.

The win for Eastleigh was comfortable and near emphatic. There were solid performances all round, and a lot of positives none more so than the three points. It is just the kick-start that is needed as we look to climb the table to where we belong. Our season starts here!

FULL TIME – Eastleigh 1-0 Histon


Friday, 27 October 2006

Squad Update

Martin Thomas will now be staying at the Silverlake Stadium, after previously it was thought the no-nonsense utility player would be on his way out. Paul Doswell clearly values the player and an agreement has thankfully been reached.

Both Brian Dutton and Adam James have been released from their contracts with immediate effect. We would like to thank them for their efforts and wish them every success in their future.

On a more positive note, James Pullen, 24, has completed his move from Fisher Athletic. James has previously played professionally for Ipswich Town, Blackpool and Southend. The young keeper was also at Dagenham & Redbridge in 2003. Last season he helped Fisher gain promotion to the Conference South, before then he was at Gravesend in the 2004/2005 season.

Wayne Shaw has accepted an offer to become the Club's Head Goalkeeping coach, and will not only be involved with the senior keepers but also the youth and tyro goalies at Eastleigh as well.

In other news, Joe Cole's younger brother Nicky has been training with the Spitfires and is under the close eye of the management team.

Sunday, 22 October 2006

Forbes treble but only 1 point

Report by Ray Murphy

22nd October 2006
Conference South

Weston Super Mare 3 Eastleigh 3

An afternoon of fluctuating fortunes for both sides, both on the park and on the weather scene. From shielding your eyes in the blazing sunlight to hiding from the torrential rain, Eastleigh led three times before finally having to concede two points away from home.

For only the second time this season, Eastleigh netted more than one goal in a league fixture, but shortcomings on the defensive side of their game at the moment only saw the side pick up one point. Pete Castle came into the side for his debut whilst Steve West was given a central strikers role, one he was used to before being switched to a defender, but he led the Eastleigh line well at Weston. David Hughes also returned to the side following suspension. Bertie Brayley, Adam James and Liam Green making way from the sides previous game with Salisbury.

The afternoon started well. Only five minutes had been played when Jamie Brown won a challenge in the middle of the park, the ball falling for Andy Forbes to send a dipping drop shot from fully twenty-five yards over Weston goalkeeper Ryan Northmere for the opening goal of the game.

A minute later and Eastleigh had almost netted again. Brown again the creator with a right wing cross from which Forbes headed over.

The home sides first attack of note came on thirteen minutes. The dangerous Marvin Brown saw a low shot down to Wayne Shaw’s left hand pushed away by the Eastleigh ‘keeper. Eastleigh returned to the ascendancy and four minutes later Northmere saved a low Danny Smith effort.

Eastleigh were pulled back for the first time midway through the opening half. Marc McGregor skipped past Rob Marshall on the left wing, reached the bye line before firing a low cross through the six-yard box arriving at the far post where Mike Wilce rifled home the equaliser.

The Spitfires did not let the set back unsettle them, straight away they were back at their hosts. Forbes teased the Weston full back and then sent in a low left foot drive that was scrambled away by Northmere. Craig Loxton gave the ball away in the middle of the park and allowed West to intelligently played the ball on for Forbes but he dragged his shot wide of the target.

Weston’s response was a dipping volley from Gareth Hopkins with Shaw off his line that just went over the bar. With twenty-nine minutes played Eastleigh were back in front. Hughes lofted a free kick into Forbes who volleyed Eastleigh ahead from just inside the penalty area.

Four minutes later West headed another Hughes free kick just wide of the target then both Smith and Brown were thwarted by Northmere stops. As Eastleigh finished the half on the attack, another Forbes attempt was saved by the feet of Northmere and Andy Harris fired a shot just over the bar. Forbes also had the ball in the back of the net again but his 'effort' was disallowed for offside.

For some reason Eastleigh could not find the same tempo they had shown in the first half for the start of the second period. They were on the back foot from the off, an early weak shot from McGregor was saved by Shaw. A brief Eastleigh respite saw a Rob Marshall throw headed goal wards by Brown but Northmere saved. As Weston took the game to Eastleigh, home skipper Lee Jarman shot wide from the edge of the box. On fifty-three minutes the home side did get an equaliser. Darren Hawkins sent a cross into the box from the right that was charged down by Hughes from which the referee and his assistant adjudged to have been worthy of a penalty award for handball against Hughes. McGregor sent Shaw the wrong way from the spot kick.

The goal seemed to spur Eastleigh. Two minutes following the goal Hughes' free kick was half cleared, the ball arrived for Brown who thundered a shot past Nothmere but the shot struck the post and went away to safety. A minute later a turn and shot from Forbes was again saved by Northmere. Brown was celebrating on fifty-eight minutes having seemingly put The Spitfires ahead again but for the second time of the afternoon an assistant’s flag was ruling out the award for an offside decision.

On the hour Shaw was penalised for handball outside the area, which saw both him and Weston striker Hopkins cautioned, from the resultant free kick Shaw produced a stop from Craig Rand.

Forbes though was on fire and grabbed his hat trick in the sixty fourth minute. Eastleigh broke away on a counter attack and an excellent ball from Hughes in behind the two Weston centre backs saw Forbes accelerate on to the ball before cracking home his third goal of the afternoon.

The cavalier approach from both sides that had been shown all afternoon showed no sign of changing. On seventy-six minutes West headed a Harris cross wide of the target whilst a minute later at the opposite end Hopkins drilled a shot wide.

With seven minutes remaining a free kick from Loxton was collected by Marvin Brown who controlled the ball before turning and firing an equaliser past Shaw. The best chance for the remainder of the match saw Shaw having to produce a last ditch tackle to prevent Hopkins a shot on goal after a short back pass had been played to him.

Saturday, 21 October 2006

Goal fest for the Ressies!



TEAM: Grant Porter, Martin Thomas, Sam Stannard (c), Scott Gilham, Lee O'Connell, Karim Hraiba, Phil Cousens, Andy Weston, Adam Roberts, Zach Glasspool, Brett Williams

SUBS: James Screen, Lewis Hunt, Aaron Martin, Macs Sampays

Match Report by Jamie Montigue

Eastleigh cruised into the next round of the cup running out 14-nil victors brushing aside Netley Central. Goals coming from Karim Hraiba (4), Brett Williams (4), Zach Glasspool (5) and Lewis Hunt (1).

After having an early chance slip by from Brett Williams, Eastleigh went ahead on 10 minutes. The goal started from a quick throw out from Grant Porter to Phil Cousens, the ball was then worked between Adam Roberts and Zach Glasspool with Taz forcing a corner with the return pass. From it, KARIM HRAIBA smashed the ball home from the edge of the area with a fantastic strike.

Only a minute later a superb delivery from a right wing free kick from Hraiba was nodded home by BRETT WILLIAMS for goal number 2.

Another well worked move involving Martin Thomas and Andy Weston saw BRETT WILLIAMS have a go from way out and his low drive beat the keeper going into the bottom corner. 3-0.
Netley were then caught in possession with ZACH GLASSPOOL stepping in to nick the ball from the centre half leaving himself with just the goalkeeper to beat and he did so to extend Eastleigh's lead to four goals with only 19 minutes played.

Having missed a glorious opportunity moments before, KARIM HRAIBA made up for it by grabbing his second of the game and Eastleigh's fifth. Martin Thomas linked up well with Hraiba who then got on the end of a Glasspool cross with a powerful side foot.

In the 41st minute, HRAIBA completed a hattrick as he latched on to a good through ball from Taz, rounding the keeper and firing into an empty net. Barely a minute later, Eastleigh had scored a seventh. It came from HRAIBA once again, as his scorcher from the edge of the area flew into the roof of the net to give the home side a seven goal lead at the break. Despite all of the goals however, Eastleigh will be disappointed to not have been in double figures for the amount of chances they had.

Half Time - Eastleigh 7-0 Netley

The game was already over with Eastleigh in utter dominance from the first half, and the second 45 was only going to go the same way. Five minutes in, and ZACH GLASSPOOL connected with a Martin Thomas cross that slipped through the gloves of the Netley keeper for number 8.

Four goal Frenchman, Karim Hraiba was then replaced by James Screen in the 56th minute.
BRETT WILLIAMS made it 9-0 with a lovely chip as he raced on to Andy Weston's through ball beating the offside trap and then cooly doing the rest to wrap up his hattrick.

Eastleigh replaced Scott Gilham and Phil Cousens with Macs Sampays and Lewis Hunt shortly after this goal.

The first piece of action for LEWIS HUNT saw him drill the ball low and hard from a free kick with the keeper unable to keep it out, as Eastleigh continued their demolition.

Into the final ten minutes of the game, WILLIAMS scored his fourth and Eastleigh's 11th with James Screen doing all the hard work on the left hand side providing the front man with the simplest of tap ins.

In the last two minutes of the game, ZACH GLASSPOOL added to his tally for the day by scoring three tremendous goals one after the other. His hattrick came in the 89th minute as he despatched Lee O'Connells cross into the net with authority. Next the goal of the game saw Zach beat five players as he went on a mesmerising run. As he got to the edge of the box there was going to be only one outcome and it showed as his sublime strike whistled into the top corner. The rout was well and truly wrapped up with the next attack of the game as Glasspool scored his fifth and Eastleigh's fourteenth.

FULL TIME - Eastleigh 14-0 Netley

Saturday, 14 October 2006

Salisbury Gallery

Match Pictures by Jozef Montigue

Sales back to haunt Eastleigh in FA Cup



Former Eastleigh striker Paul Sales, came back to haunt the Spitfires as his 61st minute strike was enough to send Salisbury into the next round of the competition with Eastleigh’s cup run coming to an abrupt end.

The tie began explosively with Jamie Brown smashing against the underside of the bar after just one minute. Liam Green, who has now returned to the Silverlake Stadium from his loan spell at Dorchester, picked out Brown as Whites centre half Tim Bond slipped giving the Eastleigh striker time to chest the ball down and fire at goal. Salisbury were let off as the effort came back off the bar before being cleared off the goal line.

In the very next minute Andy Forbes came inches wide with a left foot strike, latching on to Danny Smith’s through ball.

After this exciting start from Eastleigh, both sides began to get sloppy in particular with the final ball as neither side could find a way through the defences. Fit again Rob Marshall was very dominant in the air early on and led the line well whilst at the other end the front men found chances hard to come by despite having two very good chances inside the opening two minutes of the game.

Salisbury’s first attempt on goal, like Eastleigh’s, saw the crossbar come to the rescue. A long drop kick from Ryan Clarke led to leading Conference South marksmen, Matt Tubbs, tee up Paul Sales who sidestepped an Eastleigh challenge before curling the ball towards the top right hand corner – but to Wayne Shaw’s relief, the ball went out for a goal kick having hit the woodwork.

This slight scare for Eastleigh appeared to shake them into action as they began to play some good, passing football towards the end of the half. Following a high foot decision against Salisbury on skipper Andy Harris, Eastleigh’s free kick very nearly produced a goal. With both Bertie Brayley and Harris standing over the ball and shaping to shoot, Harris played it into the feet of Jamie Brown who nudged it wide for Liam Green. Green then took it past Jon Bass before unleashing a powerful strike from a tight angle forcing an excellent save out of Ryan Clarke. Eastleigh defender, Chris Collins followed in heading the rebound from a couple of yards but again Clarke was more than equal to it pushing it over from point blank range. However if it had gone in, it wouldn’t have stood due to the assistant referee penalising Collins for being in an offside position.

The Whites meanwhile, had an appeal for a penalty turned down as Scott Bartlett and Luke Prince linked up well to create a shooting chance for Sales. The ball bounced off a white shirt but the referee was in a good position and saw no handball.

Eastleigh’s only other chance fell to Danny Smith who hit a left foot half volley straight at the keeper from a Bertie Brayley flick on.

It was Nick Holmes’ side that finished the half the stronger though as they came close twice in the moments before half time. Firstly, Luke Prince’s free kick on the right hand side saw a dangerous delivery strike Jamie Brown at the back post who managed to hook it away as it bobbled towards goal. The lively Matt Tubbs then came a whisker away from the opening goal when his volley on the turn flew just over the bar.

HALF TIME – Eastleigh 0-0 Salisbury

Following on from a fairly even first half, the first real action saw Ian Oliver pick up a yellow card for a strong tackle on Luke Prince.

Liam Green then had a speculative effort deflected wide as he struck the ball from way out after good play from Brayley created the opportunity. Andy Forbes had a free header at the near post but it was cleared with ease as Salisbury relieved the pressure.

In Eastleigh’s next attack, a patient build up from the home side was let down by the final ball. Despite having at least three chances to shoot in the move, the chance was wasted by a wayward pass only adding to the Spitfires frustration in front of goal.

Salisbury’s Jon Bass came within inches of breaking the deadlock with a powerful hit from over 40 yards out with Wayne Shaw struggling to get across.

On the counter attack, Jamie Brown created a chance out of nothing with exceptional close ball control leaving his marker standing, however, with the goal at his mercy from the edge of the area, the Eastleigh striker failed to trouble the keeper.

White’s front men, Sales and Tubbs continued to threaten for the visitors with leading scorer Tubbs pulling away from Rob Marshall getting a shot across goal however Wayne Shaw did well to get a leg to it keeping the ball out.

Ten minutes into the half, Salisbury stopper Ryan Clarke smashed the ball against his own defender, Tim Bond, but was extremely relieved to see the awkward deflection go out for a throw in instead of ending up in his own goal as it so easily could have done.

Moments later, Salisbury took the lead in the 61st minute through a superb all round goal. The excellent Matt Tubbs showed tremendous skill to turn Ian Oliver inside out as he got into the penalty area, he then held off another challenge to cross for strike partner PAUL SALES who eloquently stroked the ball past Shaw with an acrobatic volley that bounced up into the roof of the net.

In the celebrations, former Southampton midfielder Tommy Widdrington had to be stretchered off the pitch for damaging a knee ligament.

There proved to be no way back for Eastleigh after the goal but it was not for the want of trying. Darren Wheeler replaced Liam Green after the hour mark with goalscorer Paul Sales making way for another ex-Eastleigh striker, Robbie Matthews. Wheeler’s first touch of the ball was lethal as he played across goal picking out Danny Smith, but the off-balanced midfielder scuffed the ball from just 6 yards out.

Andy Forbes had a header come close from Bertie Brayley’s corner and on 70 minutes Jamie Brown produced another top save from Ryan Clarke. A long ball up the park from Adam James was flicked on by Forbes to Brown, who struck it first time on the volley. Clarke saved it low to his left stopping Eastleigh from finding a way back into the game yet again.

Fifteen minutes from time Brayley played a one-two with Smith but his dipping effort sailed over the target and it was beginning to look like it was going to be Salisbury’s day.

Eastleigh’s last real chance came when Andy Forbes sprinted from the halfway line with a burst of pace to get past his marker before playing it into the centre. Brown was on the end of it but failed to make any decent contact on the ball.

Robbie Matthews’ bullet header brought the best out of Wayne Shaw before Paul Doswell’s last roll of the dice saw Zach Glasspool thrown on for the final six minutes.

Salisbury held on to their lead and in the end ran out comfortable winners as they came out on top against their local rivals for a second time this season, having already beat them in the league last month. Eastleigh can now concentrate on getting back to winning ways in the Conference South, following this defeat, and things will need to change for the better very soon should the Spitfires have anything to shout about this season.

FULL TIME – Eastleigh 0-1 Salisbury


Friday, 13 October 2006

Clearout continues but Beck's back!

Brian Dutton is the third outgoing Spitfire to leave this week joining both Martin Thomas and Ryan Ashford, who the club have also parted company with.

The former Weymouth midfielder that joined the club in pre-season along with Conference South winning teammates Darren Wheeler and another Eastleigh casualty Matt Bound, made just 6 starts for the club scoring one goal (against Sutton United).

Returning to the Silverlake Stadium is Martin Beck, son of Chief Scout Steve, who has rejoined the club to link up with manager Paul Doswell once more. Beck, 26, was part of three promotion campaigns with Eastleigh including the 2004/2005 season which took Eastleigh to the Conference South from the Ryman Premier.

Martin moved on to Lymington and New Milton in July 2005 but was out for months with a broken leg sustained in a pre-season friendly. The pacy left sided player had an extended trial with Southampton in 2004 and has previously played for both Bashley and Winchester City.

Wednesday, 11 October 2006

Andover Boys Recalled

Eastleigh loanee's Adam Roberts and Jack Smith have been recalled by manager Paul Doswell due to the current injury crisis, this news also follows the departures of both Martin Thomas and Ryan Ashford. Originally, when the pair went out on loan in July, it was thought they would stay for the season.

Last night, both of the youngsters marked their return to Eastleigh with a bang as they played their part in a 6-1 demolition over Brockenhurst in the Hampshire Senior Cup. Taz netted twice with two good finishes and Jack looked as reliable as ever at right back. Welcome back to the Silverlake Stadium.

According to today's Daily Echo, Andy Harris will be staying at Eastleigh permanently following on from his loan spell.

Eastleigh v Brockenhurst - Hants Senior Cup

Tuesday 10th October 2006

Match Report by Jamie Montigue

A combination of Eastleigh's first team and reserves comfortably saw off Brockenhurst who are three leagues below the Spitfires. The difference was very evident as Eastleigh made their quality count as Danny Smith led the way with the opening goal on 33 minutes. Young striker Zach Glasspool netted two in the last five minutes of the first half before completing his hattrick moments into the second 45. One minute later Adam Roberts, who was back from Andover for the night along with Jack Smith, scored the fifth and sixth with Brock netting a consolation.

Phil Cousens, formerly of QPR's youth setup, had a commanding game in the middle and impressed on his first appearance for the first team. Bertie Brayley was another that shone but despite giving the Brockenhurst right back a horrid time down the left flank for Eastleigh, he could have easily had a hattrick.

From the off Eastleigh were very dominant and created numerous chances. Danny Smith came close on 13 minutes with a speculative drive from outside the box that flew just wide of goal. Adam Roberts and Jack Smith looked in fine form and it was their clever one-two down that led to Ian Oliver having a go from all of 35 yards. His stinging drive forced former Eastleigh stopper Alan Walker-Harris to make a good save with the parry just falling short of Andy Forbes who was ready to pounce.

The patient, passing football kept bringing Eastleigh opportunities as they camped in Brockenhurst's half of the pitch. The lively Bertie Brayley had an effort deflected for a corner and then Adam Roberts came very close to breaking the deadlock. From a left sided corner, the ball played deep into the centre for Taz who struck it first time only to see it bounce straight off a defender and back into his path once more. This time he hit it sweetly with power along the ground with Walker-Harris doing well to get down low and push past the post for another corner ball. From it the ball jumped around before Sam Stannard nodded a header towards goal that fell on a plate for Andy Forbes but he couldn't get it right and the chance was gone.

Phil Cousens had a good volley saved from 8 yards as the pressure continued to mount. Finally the visitors cracked and Eastleigh went a goal up courtesy of their skipper Danny Smith on 33 minutes. Adam James sent a high ball down towards the corner flag on the right hand side where Zach Glasspool held it up with style beating his man with ease, squaring for DANNY SMITH who slid in to open the scoring from close range.

The goal only led to even more chances coming Eastleigh's way with Glasspool again causing trouble hitting striking against the bar from a Bertie Brayley cross. Deservedly, ZACH GLASSPOOL opened his tally for the night having been the architect in the first goal. He latched on to some awful defending and punished them with a smart finish that Walker-Harris managed to get a hand to, but couldn't prevent his side from falling further behind.

It took the young striker just three minutes to score again. First teamers, Andy Forbes and Danny Smith linked up well to create the goal. As the captain found himself with just the keeper to beat he unselfishly hooked it left for ZACH GLASSPOOL who tapped the ball into an empty net for his second and Eastleigh's third.

HALF TIME - Eastleigh 3-0 Brockenhurst

The game was as good as over already, but Glasspool and co were not finished just yet. At the break, Danny Smith and Andy Forbes were replaced by Andy Weston and Karim Hraiba.

A seven minute hattrick was complete on 48 minutes when Bertie Brayley's miscued shot fell kindly for ZACH GLASSPOOL who turned the ball in with another good finish to extend Eastleigh's lead to four goals.

Just one minute later the ball was in the back of the net again, Glasspool was involved once more as he put in an inch perfect cross for ADAM ROBERTS who burst into the area well from the right to fire home goal number five.

The very youthful Spitfires continued the onslaught with livewire Bertie Brayley doing all he could to find another goal after having a shot tipped onto the bar and then a 30 yard snapshot being denied soon after.

Reserve keeper Grant Porter was introduced into the action on 71 minutes as Wayne Shaw made way, who was never troubled all night. Unfortunately the first thing young Porter had to do was pick the ball up out of his net as BEN OSBORNE was left with an easy finish following good work from Brockenhurst substitute Reza Setoudeh.

Although Eastleigh had just conceded it didn't stop them from continuing to fire on all cylinders. Only two minutes later, Adam James smashed the ball high up the park where Brockenhurst's centre back headed straight at Glasspool who made a good interception and an even better pass that led to the 6th Eastleigh goal. Out of nothing almost, Glasspool played it to the right for ADAM ROBERTS whose electric pace saw him race into the penalty area and with no defender being able to catch him, Taz slotted the ball into the bottom left corner for his second goal of the night and to well and truly wrap up a good evening's work from the home side.

Even then Eastleigh were looking for more. Taz played it to Andy Weston who chipped it left for Karim Hraiba, a former Auxerre player, who drilled the ball against the post from outside of the area. Bertie Brayley could have had a hattrick in the space of five minutes as he beat his marker time and time again cutting in from the left but Walker-Harris made two good saves and then a third attempt saw Brayley smash high and wide.

Before the end of the game, Phil Cousens had a pop from distance that stung the hands of the Brockenhurst keeper.

Next stop, a win in the FA Cup against Salisbury City - don't miss it!!

FULL TIME - Eastleigh 6-1 Brockenhurst

Thomas and Ashford leave, Peter Castle signs on

Eastleigh's everchanging squad takes another twist and turn with both Martin Thomas and Ryan Ashford going their separate ways.

Having spent a number of seasons with the Spitfires including being part of promotion to the Conference South, the versatile never say die attitude of Thomas will be sorely missed along with the talented Ashford who always did his best for the team scoring some memorable free kicks. It is thought that the latter has signed for VT FC.


Meanwhile, with these two outgoings, the club are pleased to welcome Peter Castle, a 19 year old centre half from Staines. Eastleigh's latest addition made his first team debut for Reading at just 16 coming on as a sub in a 3-0 win against Watford.

The 6"1 defender stayed with the Royals until the end of the 2005/2006 season but had loan spells with St. Albans and Rushden & Diamonds in between.

This summer he moved to Staines of the Ryman Premier. Castle's career began with six years at Bournemouth from the age of nine and has since played for both the England and Eire Youth international sides. He broke into the Royals Reserve side when just 15.

Saturday, 7 October 2006

Eastleigh 1-4 Yeading


Conference South

Eastleigh yet again, start brightly but are made to look very ordinary at best by a Yeading side that looked good going forward and made the most of their chances – something that the Spitfires failed to do. This result now sees Paul Doswell’s side languishing at the foot of the table with just nine points on the board from 12 games with a bare three points separating them from being rock bottom. To make matters worse Eastleigh have now played a game more than most other teams and so could find themselves sink even lower once those around them have played their game in hand.

Other than Jamie Brown and debutant Steve West, who looks set to become a sound acquisition for the club, there was very little else in a match that saw Eastleigh dominate the opening twenty five minutes, with Yeading barely getting a sniff of the ball. Davis Haule made the most of some sloppy defending as he stunned the 700 plus crowd at the Silverlake Stadium as all of Eastleigh’s pressure and good football went out of the window there and then. The visitors doubled their lead via a gift from a corner with Nathan Bowdon-Haase left with the easy job of firing home from six yards. Andy Forbes netted a second half penalty but from here the defence went to pot and conceded another two sloppy goals.

The match very nearly started off in the best possible manner for the Spitfires as Jamie Brown and had a go from way out as Andy Harris played it to the former Magpie only ten seconds into the game. Brown’s effort was hit with power and swerve only just fell short of picking out the top corner.

It was all Eastleigh as they kept bombarding Yeading, holding the Ding back their own half under a great deal of pressure. Andy Forbes had a half chance on the edge of the area but his turn and hit cleared the stand.

Andy Harris, who it is believed will now sign a permanent deal with the club having spent a month on loan from Weymouth, looked sharp in the opening stages of the game. He reacted well to a poor clearance to get whip the ball in to the box looking for Brown in the centre but the cross was deflected and in the end it was a comfortable save for Delroy Preddie.

Eastleigh continued to command the play with assured, crisp passing and solid defending from Steve West who won every header barely allowing Yeading out of their own half. Following a good build up involving a cross-field ball from West the ball came back into the centre for David Hughes who let fly with a swerving effort however it was slightly off target and Yeading had yet another let-off, who at this point could and probably should have been at least a goal down for all of the pressure that they were under.

New-boy Bertie Brayley on his home league debut showed in fits and starts his superb technical ability. Eastleigh again came forward with an expert ball down the right touchline by Hughes for Forbes who brought it down teeing up Brayley. The cross was half-cleared but only as far as Brayley who eloquently skipped past three defenders with amazing balance at pace before forcing a good save out of Preddie down low to his left.

The game was turned on it’s head in an instant when a long punt up the field had Steve West on the back foot as he managed to just get a flick on the ball with his head. It was short of Wayne Shaw though, who came rushing out of his goal but in his attempt to cut out the danger DAVIS HAULE was onto the mistake like a flash and had the easiest of finished curling around Shaw into an empty net to take a 1-0 lead from their first ‘attack’ of the game.

From here, Eastleigh struggled to find the spark needed to get back in the game, and began to look nervous as Yeading took the upper hand. Passes were going astray, whereas in the opening twenty-five minutes Eastleigh were picking out the right ball every time. This allowed the visitors to come at the Spitfires, who looked very frustrated at not making their dominance count before the Yeading goal.

The one player that was still giving their all was Jamie Brown who still fought for everything up the front battling away for his side but he needed a lot more help than he got at times.

Eastleigh fell even further behind to a gift. A succession of corners from Yeading, spelled trouble for Eastleigh as after each dead ball they looked nervous and narrowly escaped. The first corner from the right saw Wayne Shaw fail to collect at the back post as Yeading pounced and were denied only by a slight deflection. From the very next corner, Yeading made it 2-0. The ball went out to the far side of the penalty box again only this time Francis Benali passed it straight to NATHAN BOWDEN-HAASE who had it put on a plate for him to side foot the ball into the corner from six yards.

Moments before half time, ex-Spitfire Jefferson Louis came close to haunting his old club as he made the most of more shambolic defending getting on the end of a dangerous cross from Marlon Patterson forcing a parry out of Shaw with the ball hooked away by Adam James to prevent the follow up.

HALF TIME – Eastleigh 0-2 Yeading

The break gave Eastleigh a chance to get their heads together and for a good fifteen minutes were the better side once more.

David Hughes and Jamie Brown linked up well to tee up Andy Harris whose 35-yard stinger was too hot to handle for Preddie but with no one following in, the Yeading keeper collected at the second attempt.

Eastleigh showed just how dangerous they can be when they get the ball down and pass it and this is exactly what gave them a chance to restore a point. Jamie Brown won the ball on the right hand side of goal with an excellent challenge before holding it up and playing a wayward ball into the middle. Hughes won it back though nicking it away from the Yeading centre half knocking it back to Andy Harris who split the Ding defence in two with a lovely ball for Brown. As the Eastleigh striker controlled the ball he was brought to the ground under a heavy challenge leaving the referee no option but to award a penalty.

ANDY FORBES stepped up as coolly as ever and smashed the ball with venom straight down the middle and into the roof of the net to pull a goal back for the Spitfires.

This goal saw renewed hope in the Eastleigh side for a brief spell and they very nearly found the equaliser with their best attack of the game just after the hour mark. Skipper, Danny Smith played an exquisite through ball for Forbes who rounded his defender twice before working an opening to drill the ball at goal from the edge of the box. It looked destined for the back of the net but Preddie somehow got across his goal to tip over the bar with an equally good save.

From the resulting corner, Steve West came a whisker away from his first goal with a good header at the back post from Bertie Brayley’s in swinging corner.

However, just when Eastleigh were back on top they were knocked down even quicker. A complete misunderstanding between Adam James and Wayne Shaw led to a woeful third for Yeading as substitute MARVIN MORGAN, scorer of two goals against Eastleigh last season, capitalised with an easy finish. James looked set to clear the ball into touch but instead slowed up whilst shielding the ball as Shaw rushed out of his goal needlessly. Morgan got in between making the most of a lack of communication and a poor judgement from the Eastleigh stopper to come off his line in the first place as James had the situation under control.

Now that Yeading were back on top there was only going to be one winner. Marlon Paterson hit the ball sweetly from distance but Shaw produced a top class one handed save to deny what would have been a special goal.

Yeading inflated the scoreline with a fourth from Jeff Goulding. Danger man, Paterson cut inside from the left and with the defence in pieces picked out another second half substitute JEFF GOULDING, who simply couldn’t miss.

A couple of minutes before this goal saw a great opportunity to score from a free kick completely wasted by Andy Harris. Danny Smith was clattered outside the box but Harris got it all wrong blasting way over.

The game ended with another poorly taken free kick with Steve West screwing the ball towards the corner flag from 25 yards. This just about summing up the story of Eastleigh’s night.

Despite the frustration, and the heavy defeat, Eastleigh must dig deep now more than ever to put things right.

FULL TIME – Eastleigh 1-4 Yeading


Wednesday, 4 October 2006

Derby Tie In FA Cup

After miraculously turning around the game against Gloucester City last weekend, the Spitfires have been drawn against local rivals Salisbury City.

The FA Cup 3rd round qualifying tie against the Whites will be played at the Silverlake Stadium on Saturday 14th October.

It will be interesting to see how many cool heads there will be after a somewhat heated encounter at The Raymond McEnhill Stadium just one month ago. Salisbury manager Nick Holmes has already described the tie as "World War 2 coming early", meaning he was expecting the next league game between the two clubs in January to be the next time they meet. Whilst Eastleigh's assistant manager Mark Dennis believes that even without the suspended Francis Benali, Martin Thomas and David Hughes, the tie will be suited to Eastleigh.

In other news, on loan Weymouth midfielder has extended his stay at the club having impressed during his one month spell and has joined Eastleigh on a permanent basis.

Paul Doswell's side come up against Yeading this Friday night in the Conference South, kick off 7:45pm.