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Eastleigh 2-1 Eastbourne Borough

EASTLEIGH 2-1 EASTBOURNE BOROUGH
SATURDAY 31st MARCH 2012
Blue Square Bet South
Match report by Jamie Montigue

Eastleigh ended a run of five league games without victory by defeating Eastbourne Borough by two goals to one this afternoon. It was a positive way to react to the 6-1 mauling at the hands of Boreham Wood last weekend.
Three changes were made to the starting eleven with Tom Jordan, Danny Smith and Damian Scannell replacing Ben Wilson, Jamie Brown and Scott Rogers.
The first action of the game saw Eastleigh conjure up an excellent free-flowing move to carve open the visiting defence. Chris Flood carried the ball forward before combining down the right with Damian Scannell. The attack continued with Bradley Bubb playing a neat one-two with Lee Peacock inside the penalty area. Bubb found space and had a clear sight at goal where Clark Masters was forced into an early save.
From the resulting set piece, GARY ELPHICK, playing against his former club, opened his goal scoring account …

Eastleigh v Eastbourne Borough - Match preview

Match Preview by Kieran James
Ian Baird's Spitfires will look to get back to winning ways today as they take on Eastbourne Borough in the Blue Square Bet South at The Silverlake Stadium (3pm kick off).

Eastleigh have failed to win in their last five games in the league having lost four and drawn one which has destroyed their play-off hopes this season; and with a heavy defeat away to Boreham Wood last Saturday, The Spitfires will be looking to get a good result for the fans.

The Spitfires travelled to Meadow Park last Saturday where they had a difficult task against The Wood and it took just eight minutes before the hosts took the lead through Callum Reynolds who headed home former Spitfire Graeme Montgomery's cross.

David Bryant doubled The Wood's lead just three minutes after the break before Graeme Montgomery tripled their lead after beating keeper Jack Dovey on a one on one breakaway.

Tom Jordan on his return from injury gave away a penalty that Omar Riza tucked aw…

Season Ticket Prices 2012/13

Eastleigh FC are delighted to announce a massive reduction in season ticket prices for next season. Having committed to an increased playing budget for the 2012-2013 season, which should enable us to compete for honours, it is the club’s desire to try and attract as many fans as possible to the Silverlake, in what we hope will be a memorable season.

Matchday ticket prices will remain largely unaltered, but as a reward to our loyal fans, and in the hope of attracting many new followers, the club have come up with what we are sure will be an attractive proposition. The ‘early bird packages’ are great value for money, making games much more affordable and representing excellent value for money in these ’tough times’.

An adult season ticket works out at £4.30 a game, and if you become a member of the TSSC (The Spitfires Supporters Club) all prices will be discounted by a further 10%, reducing the figure to UNDER £4 a game! There are many other benefits planned when joining the TSSC and…

April/May Fixtures

Eastleigh Football Club Fixture List April/May 2012
FIRST XI
Friday 6th April - Home to Dorchester Town - Blue Square Bet South, 3pm
Monday 9th April - away to Weston Super Mare - Blue Square Bet South, 3pm
Saturday 14th April - away to Welling United - Blue Square Bet South, 3pm
Saturday 21st April - Home to Chelmsford City - Blue Square Bet South, 3pm  Saturday 28th April - away to Maidenhead United -  Blue Square Bet South, 3pm
Wednesday 16th May - Eastleigh v AFC Totton - Hampshire Senior Cup Final at St Mary’s Stadium, 7.30pm

RESERVES (Suburban League side)
Saturday 7th April - away to Hampton & Richmond Borough Reserves - Suburban League Premier Division, 3pm
Wednesday 11th April - Home to Farnborough Reserves - Suburban League Premier Division, 7.45pm
Saturday 14th April - away to Tonbridge Angels Reserves - Suburban League Premier Division, …

Ex-Saint Tom says Baird is the man to take Eastleigh up

By Simon Walter- 
IAN Baird is the right man to lead Eastleigh to promotion next season.

So says Tommy Widdrington, who takes his Eastbourne Borough side to the Silverlake Stadium tomorrow.

Widdrington was linked with Baird’s job last year, but joined the Blue Square South with Eastbourne two months ago and has steered them away from the relegation zone in recent weeks.

“That was 12 months ago, Eastleigh’s a club I know well from my time with Salisbury but there are new people there now and Ian has done a good job,” said Widdrington.

“Ian’s teams are always well drilled and strong, he’s got a proven track record in this league and more often than not he’s finished in the top half.

“Eastleigh have faltered a little of late but with the finances they’ve invested they’ll be looking to finish the season well.”

There have been calls for Baird to be replaced as manager following last week’s 6-1 drubbing at Boreham Wood.

The Spitfires have rejoined Eastbourne in the bottom half of the …

Baird "embarrassed" by Eastleigh capitulation

By Wendy Gee- 
BOSS Ian Baird has hinted that a season of unrest at Eastleigh contributed to Saturday’s deeply embarrassing 6-1 collapse at Boreham Wood.

It was the Spitfires’ fourth defeat in five win-less league matches and did nothing to boost the claims of players who are meant to be fighting for contracts for next season.

The scale of this defeat combined with three straight home losses has prompted calls for Baird's head on the fans' forum and some are suggesting that last week's resignation of much respected chairman Paul Murray can only be damaging to the club.

In Baird's opinion, events off the field are now taking their toll on performances on it.

He said: "There's lots gone on at this football club that people don't know and probably never will.

“It seems to me that a few of the players have downed tools because of what’s been going on.

“I’m extremely embarrassed by our performance and I feel sorry for the supporters who made the trip. “I can under…

Boreham Wood 6-1 Eastleigh

BOREHAM WOOD 6-1 EASTLEIGH SATURDAY 24th MARCH 2012
Blue Square Bet South 

Match report by Ray Murphy
It seems hard to imagine that ten days ago Eastleigh F C were talking of aiming for the play offs and a genuine good feeling about reaching the play offs. That is now almost mathematically impossible despite six more fixtures still to contest, but not even the eternal optimist could now believe that Eastleigh could clinch that last place.

On a run of form that has seen Eastleigh only collect four points from a possible twenty-one, averaging only a goal a game on the for column, it was a despondent Eastleigh side that trudged from the Meadow Park Boreham Wood arena following this five goal mauling, with Boreham Wood leapfrogging Eastleigh in the league table as a result.

Scott Rogers was recalled to the midfield to replace Ian Herring who found himself on the substitutes bench along side the fit again Tom Jordan. That was the only change to the starting line up that had been defeated at…

New deal for Forbes

By Wendy Gee- 
ANDY FORBES has been rewarded for an inspired season by signing a year's extension to his contract, keeping him at Eastleigh until the end of 2012/13.

It's not often Spitfires boss Ian Baird waxes lyrical about a player, but he readily admits  the 32-year-old striker-turned-defender has been "outstanding" and set a shining example to other members of the squad whose contracts run out this summer.
Three straight home defeats have all but extinguished Eastleigh's faint play-off flame, but Forbes has never let his high standards slip.
Baird, bitterly disappointed with the naivety that led to Tonbridge snatching a late 2-1 victory at the Silverlake on Tuesday, said: "I want us to have the best and strongest finish to the season that we can.
"I don't want to get the Factor 20 out and think I'm on holiday - and I don't expect the players to either.
"If those whose contracts are up in the summer want to take a leaf out of anyon…

Paul Murray resignation

Eastleigh Football Club announce the resignation of Chairman, Paul Murray, who is standing down with immediate effect.

Paul says, “As some will know, I recently sold my shares in Eastleigh Football Club when the Directors of Bridle Insurance were acquiring a majority stakeholding in the Club. I also stood down as Chairman at that time to assume the role of Non Executive Chairman. However I feel that it is now time for me to move on. I have thoroughly enjoyed my involvement with Eastleigh Football Club over many years. I lived in Eastleigh as a teenager, I went to college in Eastleigh, I have worked in Eastleigh for 46 years and still work here. I have a great affinity for the town and have therefore have been pleased to be of service to the local football club.

I wish everybody at the Club well. The Club is in good hands with Stewart and Neil. They are young, dynamic, visionary, well funded and have a good knowledge of the game. I will watch with interest the progress the Club will ma…

Spitfires shot down by Angels

EASTLEIGH 1-2 TONBRIDGE ANGELS
TUESDAY 20th MARCH 2012

Blue Square Bet South
Match report by Jamie Montigue
For the most part, it was an end-to-end, open game - one that Eastleigh looked to be edging on the balance of play. The result didn't entirely reflect the performance as the Spitfires went down to a third straight home defeat, but the manner of the loss was disappointing and a bitter pill to swallow.

Conceding twice in the last ten minutes (having led 1-0 for the majority of the second half), Ian Baird's side were undone in stoppage time by a killer blow.

Bradley Bubb had opened the scoring three minutes after the break before Tonbridge's Frannie Collin struck a penalty against the cross bar in the 68th minute. It looked as though Eastleigh would go on to seal victory to end a poor run of form, but the visitors drew level with nine minutes remaining through Joe Benjamin. Lee Browning then condemned the hosts to further misery as the Spitfires' lead evaporated with…

Eastleigh v Tonbidge Angels - Match Preview

Match Preview by Kieran James

Ian Baird’s Spitfires suffered back to back league defeats on Saturday which all but certainly destroyed their promotion push this season.

Dover opened the scoring after much possession from Eastleigh. A corner was flown in for the unmarked Billy Bricknell to fire into an empty net after Jack Dovey made a rare mistake in failing to claim the ball.

Just five minutes later, Bradley Bubb latched onto a tackle from Chris Flood and the on loan Aldershot striker returned it to Flood and the winger tucked the ball away past Mikhael Jaimez-Ruiz to equalise.

Eastleigh’s joy only lasted for three minutes when Dover’s Barry Cogan whipped a free kick in from the left wing and some how found the back of the net leaving on loan Southampton goalkeeper Jack Dovey left standing.

Three minutes after the break, The Whites doubled their advantage. Billy Bricknell claimed his brace after a long ball by Donovan Simmonds found the striker who took it round the incoming Dovey an…

St. Mary's final date May be problem for Eastleigh

By Wendy Gee- 
MUCH as Eastleigh boss Ian Baird is looking forward to doing battle with AFC Totton at St. Mary's in May, he has grave reservations about the date of the Hampshire FA Senior Cup Final.
An 85th-minute Jamie Slabber penalty secured the Spitfires a 1-0 win at Winchester City on Wednesday night to secure them a place in the county's showpiece season finale.
But what bothers Baird is that the May 16th showdown against Stuart Ritchie's Southern Premier promotion seekers comes two-and-a-half weeks after the end of the Blue Square Bet South campaign.
And, with Eastleigh's play-off hopes almost certainly over, he thinks it highly unlikely that some of his players will still be around by that time.
"The issue I have is that the players' contracts run out on the last day of the season.
"Contrary to what some misinformed numpties have said, none of the players gets paid during the summer and we will therefore have to pay them an extra two-and-a-half …

Jamie Slabber transfer

Eastleigh FC have today received a further offer from Chelmsford City for striker Jamie Slabber. Having had their initial approach declined, Chelmsford have doubled their offer.

Jamie made it clear, that if the offer was acceptable to Eastleigh he was keen to talk to Chelmsford, on the basis they are a big club and only 20 minutes from his home.

Whilst the offer is still slightly below our valuation, we are aware that on a personal note for Jamie, it is an appealing move. On that basis we have allowed him to talk to Chelmsford today. He has agreed personal terms and will complete his move, subject to a medical tomorrow.

Jamie has been a model professional during his time at the club and we would like to take this opportunity to thank him for his service and wish him well for the future.

Eastleigh 2-3 Dover Athletic

EASTLEIGH 2-3 DOVER ATHLETIC
SATURDAY 17th MARCH 2012

Blue Square Bet South
Match report by Jamie Montigue

The Spitfires' hopes of reaching a play-off place this season are now all but extinguished after a home defeat at the hands of Dover Athletic. Eastleigh have lost ground on fifth place in recent weeks with today's defeat meaning back to back home losses at the Silverlake Stadium, leaving Ian Baird's side without a win in three Blue Square Bet South games.

Eastleigh were without several key members of the squad including captain Tom Jordan, who suffered concussion in the Hampshire Cup semi-final win over Winchester on Wednesday. Also absent from the squad were suspended midfield-duo Danny Smith and Philip Appiah, injured Damian Scannell and influential midfielder Daryl McMahon who is still in Dublin due to family reasons.

Lee Peacock was drafted into the squad as a substitute having signed on non-contract terms until the end of the season. Four changes were made to t…

Eastleigh v Dover - Match Preview

Match preview by Kieran James

Ian Baird’s Spitfires reached the final of the Hampshire Senior Cup after a late penalty at The City Ground on Wednesday.
The Spitfires could only name four subs as Jack Dovey, Daryl McMahon, Philip Appiah, Damian Scannell, Bradley Bubb and Lee Phillips were all ruled out for various reasons.
It took only 14 minutes before captain Tom Jordan suffered a bump to the head. The club later received news that Jordan had concussion which could see him ruled out for the next two games.
Ian Herring, who has recently returned to the squad following a loan move at Chippenham Town, replaced Jordan. Eastleigh were dealt a further injury scare when, seven minutes before the break, centre back Gary Elphick turned his ankle and hobbled of the pitch to be replaced by Jordace Holder-Spooner.
With only five minutes to go, former City winger Chris Flood took the ball round goalkeeper Ryan Gosney only to be taken down in the box. Referee Daniel Cook awarded Eastleigh a penalt…

Peacock joins the Spitfires

Eastleigh Football Club would like to welcome experienced striker Lee Peacock to the club for the remainder of the season. The striker, who can also play in midfield, will be immediately available for selection and could be seen gracing the Silverlake for tomorrow’s important match against sixth place Dover Athletic.

Manager Ian Baird comments: “We’re trying to get competition for places and Lee fits the profile we’re looking for. He’s the sort of player we want around the dressing room.” Peacock has been training with the Spitfires having recently relocated to the Hampshire area and Baird continued: “He feels rejuvenated and wants to give it a go and try and earn a contract here for next season”.

Peacock, was born in Scotland in 1976 and progressed through the youth system at Carlisle United before making his debut for the Blues in 1994. He went on to play 76 times for the club, scoring 11 times. In September 1997 he joined Mansfield for £50,000 before signing for Joe Royle’s…

Spitfires through to the Final

WINCHESTER CITY 0-1 EASTLEIGH WEDNESDAY 14th MARCH 2012
Hampshire Senior Cup Semi-Final
Match report by Jamie Montigue

Eastleigh are through to the Hampshire Senior Cup Final where they will face AFC Totton following a 1-0 win over Winchester City by a single goal this evening.
In a game bereft of clear cut chances for so long, the tie was finally settled when Chris Flood won a penalty five minutes from time after rounding the City goalkeeper and being pulled down in the area. JAMIE SLABBER stepped up confidently to score from the spot and ensure that there would be no need for extra time by sealing victory inside normal time.
The win came at a price though as an already depleted Spitfires side without the services of Jack Dovey, Daryl McMahon, Philip Appiah, Damian Scannell, Bradley Bubb and Lee Phillips; lost two more players to injury in tonight's game. 
Both centre backs had to be replaced in the first half. Tom Jordan, who went to hospital to have a lump to the hea…

Baird hasn't given up on play-off hopes

By Wendy Gee- 
THE fainter Eastleigh’s chances get of gate-crashing the Blue Square Bet South play-off places, the more certain Ian Baird becomes of what needs to be done to put it right next season.

By the manager’s own admission, the Spitfires were lucky to escape with a point from a 0-0 draw at sixth-to-bottom Bromley – the home side missing a penalty three minutes from time.

“We didn’t play well attacking-wise in bumpy, difficult conditions and it wasn’t pleasing on the eye, that’s for sure,” said Baird. "They missed a penalty and also had two penalty claims turned down which, on a different day, might have been given. "I've got to say we were fortunate, but in my tenure at Eastleigh we haven't had a lot of luck, so perhaps we were owed some.
"Much as we were poor in attack, I was really pleased with how we played defensively.
"We showed good character. You've got to deal with the facts and they are that Bromley had won three, drawn two and lost o…

Bromley 0-0 Eastleigh

BROMLEY 0-0 EASTLEIGH SATURDAY 10th MARCH 2012
Blue Square Bet South
Eastleigh had to make do with a point and a clean sheet in a goal less draw away at Bromley, who missed a late penalty.


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Bromley v Eastleigh - Match Preview

Match Preview by Kieran James



Ian Baird’s Spitfires finally lost at home in the league last Saturday against Hampshire rivals Farnborough when they fell to a 0-1 defeat at the Silverlake Stadium.

Eastleigh played five at the back giving Michael Green a return at left back however winger Damian Scannell was left out of the starting line up owing to illness and new signing Lee Phillips replaced striker Jamie Slabber.

With both teams in very good form, it took 57 minutes for the Yellows to break the deadlock. Right back Mitchell Nelson made a challenge on striker Michael Charles and referee Barry Holderness awarded a penalty.

Striker Phillip Page converted the penalty putting the visitors in front. Substitutes Damian Scannell and Jamie Slabber replaced Michael Green and Lee Phillips but Farnborough’s defence was too good as the Spitfires were defeated at home in the league for the first time in twelve games.

Eastleigh take on relegation threatened Bromley away at The Courage Stadium on Sa…

Baird: Slabber is staying put

By Wendy Gee- 
Eastleigh insist Jamie Slabber is going nowhere – despite a sudden surge of interest in the Spitfires’ top scorer.

Manager Ian Baird’s decision to drop Slabber to the bench last Saturday and hand a debut to new signing Lee Phillips from Bath City appears to have sent out a message to rival clubs that the 27-year-old’s Silverlake days could be numbered.

But nothing could be further than the truth, according to Baird, who stated firmly: “We’re not prepared to let him go.”

When Slabber joined Eastleigh from Woking in June 2010, Baird described it as the “last chance saloon” for the former Tottenham, Swindon, Aldershot, Grays, Stevenage and Havant frontman, whose stop-start career had been blighted by injury.

Slabber repaid Baird’s faith by finishing as the Spitfires’ top scorer last term and he agreed to stay on last summer after many of the club’s senior stars had departed and made way for up and coming youngsters.

He was a virtual ever present in the side until susta…

Spitfires score with A&A

Eastleigh Football Club is thrilled to announce yet another exciting development with current sponsors A&A Business Supplies Ltd.

The Southampton based Stationers have generously agreed to substantially increase their current sponsorship deal and in addition, supporters, players and staff who arrange any stationery orders will see a healthy proportion of the order returned to the football club.

Having seen a similar scheme work so successfully with main sponsors Bridle Insurance, we are again calling out for all fans and staff to get behind the scheme and support our next project.

Director of A&A Steve Taylor comments: “Having had a long term relationship with Eastleigh we were only too pleased to expand on our commitment moving forward. The big win for the club will be the earning kickback and we would encourage the Eastleigh FC fans to twist some arms into getting their employers to order their stationery from ourselves. We can normally save the company money and the cl…

Baird: It's all about desire to be winners

By Wendy Gee- 
EASTLEIGH boss Ian Baird was adamant that Saturday's potential promotion-killing 1-0 defeat to Farnborough had nothing to do with the system he played.
The Spitfires were undone by a second half Phillip Page penalty, dropping them to ninth in the Blue Square Bet South and losing them further ground on fifth-placed Sutton who grabbed a late winner at Thurrock.
With the livewire Damian Scannell not well enough to start, Baird went with five at the back, entrusting Mitchell Nelson and the recalled Michael Green with the task of getting forward as attacking wing-backs.
But Farnborough got bodies aplenty behind the ball and, by Baird's own admission, the Spitfires were "not good enough to break them down."
It left some Eastleigh fans to question why a side boosted by a raft of quality signings had not been more adventurous on home soil, where they had been unbeaten in their previous 11 league games.
"It's not about systems," said Baird.
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