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Eastleigh v Welling - Match Preview

Match preview by Kieran James

Ian Baird's Spitfires play Welling United at the Silverlake Stadium on Saturday looking to add to their four match unbeaten run.

After a 0-0 draw at Princes Park against Dartford on Tuesday, Eastleigh dropped to seventh place in the Blue Square Bet South but they will look to get back to winning ways and claim all three points against The Wings.

Welling United sit in sixth place on level points with Eastleigh, however Welling United have a better goal difference.

The Spitfires have an important game in hand on Welling United.

The Wings have won four, drew one and have lost one out of their last six outings. They have kept two clean sheets and have not failed to score in any of those games.

Eastleigh have won three, drew one and lost two out of their last six games.

The Spitfires have kept three clean sheets in a row coming into this game, and have failed to score three times in their last six games.

Eastleigh have kept seven clean sheets (two of them being at home), and have failed to score three times (two of them being at home) in their last twenty games.

Welling United have kept six clean sheets (four of them being away), and have failed to score four times (two of them being away) in their last twenty games.

Welling United's last game was against Dorchester Town at home where the game finished 1-2 to Dorchester Town. Loick Pires scored The Wings' only goal on that occasion however it will be striker Andrew Pugh who will pose the biggest threat to Eastleigh with 14 league goals and 22 goals in total this season.

The last game between these two teams was at Park View Road (Welling United) in the 2009/2010 season and the match finished 1-2 to The Spitfires with goals from Ross Bottomley, Richard Gillespie - Lee Clarke scored for Welling. Tony Taggart got a straight red in the last minute of the game on that occasion.

The last time these two teams met at The Silverlake Stadium in the 2009/2010 season, the match finished 1-3 to Welling United with Richard Gillespie scoring the only goal for Eastleigh and goals from Welling United's captain Jack Parkinson and a brace from Tom Whitnell, who has not played for The Wings since 4th September 2010.

Eastleigh's only injury coming into this game is midfielder Danny Smith who is unlikely to play on Saturday.

Lets get behind The Spitfires at The Silverlake Stadium, COME ON YOU SPITFIRES!!!


  Overall   Home   Away    
P Team Name GP W D L GS GA   W D L GS GA   W D L GS GA   GD PTS
6 Welling  United 32 19 5 8 63 38   11 1 4 33 16   8 4 4 30 22   25 57
7 Eastleigh FC 31 17 6 8 53 34   9 1 5 28 18   8 5 3 25 16   19 57

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