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Flitney and Zebroski return

Eastleigh have announced the return of goalkeeper Ross Flitney and striker Chris Zebroski.

Flitney, who has played almost 200 times for the Spitfires, will compete for the number 1 shirt and also join Richard Hill's back room staff as goalkeeping coach. He was a prominent figure in the side that won promotion from the Conference South to the National League as Champions in 2014.

Also returning is striker Chris Zebroski who joins on a 1-year-deal. Zebroski had a short time with Eastleigh in 2013. He last played for Newport County and brings with him Football League experience.


Duo Return -

➡️ https://t.co/a3vpgkNEVt#Spitfires

🔵⚪️ pic.twitter.com/cNBR9FPoYl — Eastleigh FC (@EastleighFC) June 20, 2017

Pre-season fixtures

Eastleigh FC - Pre-season schedule:

Saturday 8th July Eastleigh v A F C Wimbledon 3pm

Tuesday 11th July Basingstoke Town v Eastleigh 7.45pm

Saturday 15th July Eastleigh v Portsmouth 3pm

Tuesday 18th July Blackfield & Langley v Eastleigh 7pm

Saturday 22nd July Eastleigh v Newport County 3pm

Friday 28th July Eastleigh v Sheffield United 7.45pm

Tuesday 1st August A F C Stoneham v Eastleigh 7.45pm


Pre-season fixtures confirmed -

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🔵⚪️#Spitfires — Eastleigh FC (@EastleighFC) May 28, 2017
8/7 @AFCWimbledon (H)
11/7 @BASINGSTOKE_FC (A)
15/7 @officialpompey (H)
18/7 @bandlfc (A)
22/7 @NewportCounty (H)
28/7 @SUFC_tweets (H) — Eastleigh FC (@EastleighFC) May 28, 2017
Pre-Season Admission Prices Confirmed -

https://t.co/IwJMjhQeGs#Spitfires

🔵⚪ pic.twitter.com/C3AeSekTlA — Eastleigh FC (@EastleighFC) June 5, 2017
Eastleigh - Pre Season Schedule | Eastleigh FC Eastleigh Football Club are delighted to announce their pre season programme which includes four prestigious fix…

Dugdale and Cole depart

Defenders Adam Dugdale and Chinua Cole have announced that they have both left Eastleigh by mutual consent.

Twitter:
@adamdugdale1 
@ChinuaCole
.@EastleighFCpic.twitter.com/oc39G5biZy — Adam Dugdale (@adamdugdale1) June 1, 2017 . @EastleighFCpic.twitter.com/ymiHVOOE7w — Chinua Cole (@ChinuaCole) June 1, 2017

Danny Hollands signs for Eastleigh

Eastleigh have announced the signing of 31-year-old former Portsmouth and Bournemouth midfielder Danny Hollands. Danny will join the Spitfires once his current contract with Crewe Alexandra expires.

Hollands wanted to move back into the area where he lives with his wife and a triplet set of five-year-old girls.


Hollands started his career at Hampton & Richmond Borough before moving on to Chelsea, Torquay United (10/0), AFC Bournemouth (193/24), Charlton Athletic (57/7), Swindon Town (10/2) and Gillingham (17/1).

Danny becomes Eastleigh's second summer signing having already signed striker Paul McCallum earlier this week.
Eastleigh have today agreed to sign midfielder Danny Hollands, once his current contract with Crewe Alexandra expires. — Eastleigh FC (@EastleighFC) May 25, 2017
Eastleigh announce former Bournemouth midfielder as their second summer signing EASTLEIGH have confirmed Danny Hollands as their second summer signing. The experienced former Portsmouth and AFC Bournem…

Eastleigh to sign McCallum

Eastleigh have agreed terms with 23-year-old Leyton Orient striker Paul McCallum.

McCallum will join the Spitfires on a two-year deal and link up with the club for the beginning of pre-season next month when his Orient contract expires.
Paul McCallum signed a two-year deal with Leyton Orient in June 2015 following his release from West Ham United.

The 6 ft 3" forward started his career at Dulwich Hamlet and made his first team debut for the club at the age of 17 in October 2010.

He played an integral role for the youth team that season as they reached the third round of the FA Youth Cup where they faced Newcastle United having defeated Yeovil Town in the previous round.

His performances attracted interest from a number of Premier League sides and on January 31 2011, McCallum made the decision to sign a professional contract with West Ham United.

McCallum was unable to make the breakthrough at West Ham however during his three years at the club as he was loaned out on several occa…

Obileye, Stearn and Cole listed for transfer

Eastleigh have made centre back Ayo Obileye, midfielder Ross Stearn and left-back Chinua Cole available for transfer.



Eastleigh Football Club can confirm that Chinua Cole, Ayo Obileye and Ross Stearn have been placed on the transfer list #Spitfires — Eastleigh FC (@EastleighFC) May 18, 2017
Eastleigh put three on the transfer list RICHARD Hill has got the Eastleigh squad-trimming process under way by transfer-listing three players. Defenders Chinua Cole and Ayo Obileye and midfielder Ross Stearn have all been made available. When Hill responded to the Spitfires' SOS call in February, he inherited a mix-and-match squad assembled by the three managers - Chris Todd, Ronnie Moore and Martin Allen - who had followed him into the Silverlake hot-seat in quick succession.

Injured trio will be ready for pre-season

Richard Hill confirms that Reda Johnson, Ryan Cresswell and Jason Taylor will all be available for the start of pre-season.

Video: @EastleighFC (Twitter)
Richard Hill confirms that @JohnsonReda , @Cressy_25 and Jason Taylor will all be available for the start of pre-season #Spitfirespic.twitter.com/VY0GyvBpyy — Eastleigh FC (@EastleighFC) May 13, 2017

Squad update

Players under contract for the 2017/18 Season –

Mark Childs
Graham Stack
Adam Dugdale
Chinua Cole
Ross Stearn
Sam Togwell
Gavin Hoyte
Ryan Cresswell
Reda Johnson
Jason Taylor
Ayo Obileye
Tom Bearwish

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James Constable, Michael Green and Craig McAllister have been offered new contracts.

Sam Matthews, Ben Close, Hakeem Odoffin, Joshua Barnes and Nick Hall have all returned to their parent clubs following the expiry of their loan agreements.

David Pipe, Ryan Burge, Matt Tubbs, Jack Smith, Jack Masterton, Connor Essam and Scott Wilson have been released.

Ben Strevens and Paul Reid have been retained for next season in coaching and scouting roles respectively.
Player Update -

➡ https://t.co/blQtzThuBN#Spitfirespic.twitter.com/2jKY6RcDnf — Eastleigh FC (@EastleighFC) May 5, 2017
Constable, McAllister & Green have been offered new @eastleighfc contracts - Pipe, Burge, Tubbs, Essam & Wilson among the players released — BBC Solent Sport (@solentsport) May 5, 2017
Youngsters Jack S…

Donald's Eastleigh FC investment reaches £10 million

Quotes from Eastleigh chairman Stewart Donald who has invested £10 million in to the club:
“£10 million is £9.5 million more than I expected to spend after five years, but I would do it all over again," said Donald.

“If I had to put another £10 million in, I’d do it without hesitation to get us where we want to go.

“I love it and I’ve got to see it through now. If not, it will have all been wasted.

“People say it’s unsustainable, but £10 million has gone into the club with zero debt. It’s either been gifted or transferred into shares.

“All the debts the club had and the bank overdraft have gone.

“We’re now sat here with record revenues, potentially season-ticket sales of 1,500 for next season, a fan base in the top-ten of non-league – and all without a pound of debt. We’re probably financially safer than any football club at this level.

“We’ve built a proper football club too. Sometimes when a club grows, it can lose the feeling of togetherness and community, but I think we’ve m…

Stewart Donald interview | Radio Solent

Quotes from Stewart Donald's interview with BBC Radio Solent looking ahead to next season:

“The team that’s finished the season is not strong enough to achieve our ambitions," said the Spitfires chairman.

"We were in serious trouble and that was predominantly due to the players that were here.

“Richard’s got players on contract potentially signed by three different managers who were all looking for different things.

“We’ve got a few players on contract, which will give us a starting point of about 11, but those players may or may not end up featuring.

“We will meet our financial commitments to them, but it isn’t a given that they will play.

“One or two will be told that, although they’re on contract, they can look for other clubs.”

Three of Eastleigh’s bigger-named players – ex-Football League trio Ryan Cresswell, Jason Taylor and Reda Johnson – have missed significant chunks of the season injured.

Donald said: “They’re all strong players and we’ll assess their injuries …

Hill appointed boss with Hessenthaler as assistant

Stewart Donald has revealed that Richard Hill will be the manager of Eastleigh next season with Andy Hessenthaler as his assistant manager.

The Spitfires chairman said: “Richard did ever so well when he was here before and he left too early.

“Since he went, I’ve made more funds available and Richard has always spent money well.

“Hopefully with what’s available to him now, he’ll be able to deliver.

“He seemed the logical choice. He’s a good tactician, he knows how to spot a player and he knows the league.

“Last time he was here, he didn’t have enough of a team around him with experience and Andy Hessenthaler will bring that as his assistant.

"Andy’s our sort of guy.

“He’s hard-working, very knowledgeable at this level and above, he’s a good coach and very well respected.

"He’s got connections with a lot of London-based players and we’re expecting to pick up a few players from those connections.

“Richard and Andy will steady the ship and help us kick on now.”

Richard Hill appo…

Eastleigh 1-1 Wrexham

Eastleigh finished the season with a 1-1 draw at home against Wrexham. Matt Tubbs was on the scoresheet for the Spitfires.

EASTLEIGH: Josh Barnes, Chinua Cole, Michael Green, Sam Togwell, Paul Reid (James Constable, 61), Gavin Hoyte, Ben Close, Sam Matthews, Matt Tubbs (Tom Bearwish, 78), Craig McAllister (Scott Wilson, 68), Hakeem Odoffin. Subs (not used): Ayo Obileye, Ben Strevens.

Referee: Carl Brook.

Attendance: 2,588.
As it happened:
.@EastleighFC 1-1 Wrexham

As it happened: https://t.co/JmaxBYtbKB#Spitfires — Jamie Montigue (@jamiemontigue) May 1, 2017
Tubbs gives Eastleigh a last-day draw against Wrexham EASTLEIGH rounded off their helter-skelter National League campaign with a 1-1 mid-table draw against Wrexham this afternoon. Having fallen behind at the start of the second half, the Spitfires hit back with a 73rd-minute poacher's finish from Matt Tubbs to ensure they have wound up the season in 15th place.

Quotes: Hill | Solihull Moors | Post-match

Quotes from Richard Hill after Eastleigh's 2-0 defeat away at Solihull Moors:

“The players have done brilliant in respect of keeping us in the league."

“Some of the performances have not been good enough, but I came back with one remit from the chairman and that was to keep this club in the Conference National."

“If my remit had been to play fast-flowing, brilliant football I’d have failed, but we’ve done enough to get the points we needed."

“The wins at Chester and Torquay were massive for us and you have to give the players credit for going to those places and winning."

“But there’s been no in between with us. When we lose, we lose abysmally.”

“We’ve got players whose contracts are up now and others who’ve got another two years and I’d like to stress that this is a situation I’ve inherited, not created."

“We managed our own survival last week but we’ve still got self-pride to play for – and today I didn’t see a lot of that personally."

“We’ve got la…

Reaction | Richard Hill | Solihull Moors

Richard Hill's post-match reaction after Eastleigh's 2- 0 defeat away at Solihull Moors:



Solihull Moors 2-0 Eastleigh

Eastleigh lost 2-0 at Solihull Moors in their final away game of a turbulent season.

Richard Hill's side ensured that they would stay in the division with a win against Bromley on Monday. This afternoon it was the hosts' turn to stave off relegation as Solihull Moors netted two first off goals to see off the Spitfires.

As it happened:
Solihull Moors 2-0 @EastleighFChttps://t.co/VR7Wb30UFV#Spitfires — Jamie Montigue (@jamiemontigue) April 22, 2017
Eastleigh beaten 2-0 at Solihull Moors EASTLEIGH'S final away game of a rollercoaster National League season did not go to plan this afternoon. The Spitfires were well below par in a 2-0 defeat at relegation-battling Solihull Moors having guaranteed themselves top-flight survival last weekend.

Donald: "I'll be guided by Richard" over management set-up

Eastleigh chairman Stewart Donald has said that he will be guided by director of football Richard Hill with regard to next season's management set-up at the Silverlake Stadium.

“The vibe I’ve got from him is that he’d like a go at it, but we have got three candidates that Richard’s happy with, one especially who he thinks can do a very good job," said Donald.

“In reality I think Richard would like a year at it – and he probably deserves that.

“If he decides to do it, I’ve got confidence that, with the right structure around him, we could be successful.

“He has a history of spending my money very well.”

Eastleigh chairman will be "guided" by Hill over manager appointment EASTLEIGH chairman Stewart Donald says he will be guided by director of football Richard Hill about the management set-up for next season. With National League survival finally secured, the Spitfires hierarchy are in discussions about the best direction to take for 2017/18.

Video: Eastleigh v Bromley

Watch the goals from Eastleigh's 2-1 win over Bromley.

Footage from BT Sport
🎥 Watch the goals from @EastleighFC's 2-1 win over Bromley

Footage from BT Sport: https://t.co/L50cLIIjp3#Spitfirespic.twitter.com/0LpwIGyXtE — Jamie Montigue (@jamiemontigue) April 19, 2017

Solent Sport | Donald looks ahead to next season

Stewart Donald talks to BBC Radio Solent's Ian Wilding to look ahead to next season and a busy summer for Eastleigh.
----- #Spitfires@EastleighFC chairman @stewartdonald3 looks ahead to next season & a busy summer with @Ian_Wilding1https://t.co/10aT7AMByC — BBC Solent Sport (@solentsport) April 17, 2017

Eastleigh 2-1 Bromley

Goals from Scott Wilson and Sam Matthews sealed a 2-1 home win for the Spitfires against an in-form Bromley side.

Eastleigh: Graham Stack, Gavin Hoyte, Michael Green, Sam Togwell, Paul Reid, Adam Dugdale, Sam Matthews (Ayo Obileye, 90) Ben Strevens, Scott Wilson (James Constable, 64), Craig McAllister, Hakeem Odoffin. Subs (not used): Matt Tubbs, Ross Stearn, Nick Hall.

Referee: Samuel Allison.
Attendance: 1,830


As it happened:
.@EastleighFC 2-1 Bromley https://t.co/2WShwxxUAY#Spitfires — Jamie Montigue (@jamiemontigue) April 17, 2017
Relief all round as Eastleigh are safe at last! Eastleigh 2 Bromley 1. THE relief was palpable around the Silverlake Stadium this afternoon as Eastleigh assured themselves of mathematical survival in the National League. It was mission accomplished for director of football/caretaker manager Richard Hill as goals by Scott Wilson and Sam Matthews clinched a 2-1 win over in-form Bromley to haul the Spitfires over the line with two matches remaining.

Video: North Ferriby v Eastleigh

Video: North Ferriby 2-1 Eastleigh.

Highlights from BT Sport - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7RITJmTwkvA
🎥 North Ferriby 2-1 Eastleigh

Footage from BT Sport:https://t.co/wNkIQWOChj#Spitfirespic.twitter.com/SS60boLNSJ — Jamie Montigue (@jamiemontigue) April 16, 2017

Hill urges fans to support the team

Richard Hill has urged Eastleigh fans to get behind the team ahead of Monday's home game v Bromley (3pm).

The Spitfires boss said: “The end of the season can’t come quickly enough for Eastleigh Football Club and that’s terrible for a club that’s had the successes we have.

“But whatever differences the fans have got with any of the players – or with me – I’m asking them to come out and support the team.

“The team is the most important thing and everyone, me included, needs to get behind them.

“We’ve done amazing to get the points we have and, if we stay up, which I think we will, I don’t want to go into the last game of the season with just a two or three-point gap.

“I’ve not come back to be the big ‘I am’, I’m in a position where I have to do what I think is right for the club in the short-term. I can’t have any sentiment at the moment.

“We had supporters travel all the way to North Ferriby which I appreciate is not just round the corner.

“If we don’t win, I’m the first person to…

North Ferriby 2-1 Eastleigh

Eastleigh lost for the third game in a row going down 2-1 at relegation-threatened North Ferriby on Good Friday.

The Spitfires fell behind to a Robbie Tinkler goal midway through the first half but equalised in the 77th minute through Ross Stearn.

Three minutes from time, Reece Thompson netted a winning goal for the hosts.

Eastleigh: Stack, Odoffin (Wilson 56), Hoyte, Reid, Dugdale, Green, Togwell, Matthews Constable, McAllister (Obileye 80), Tubbs (Stearn 56). Unused subs: Masterton, Strevens.

As it happened: North Ferriby 2-1 @EastleighFChttps://t.co/EIr860YlRm#Spitfires — Jamie Montigue (@jamiemontigue) April 15, 2017
North Ferriby 2 Eastleigh 1: Spitfires suffer third successive defeat North Ferriby 2 Eastleigh 1
North Ferriby United 2-1 Eastleigh Reece Thompson gave North Ferriby's slim survival hopes a boost with a late 2-1 victory over Eastleigh. The home side dominated the first half and went close to breaking the deadlock in the 19th minute when Michael Green picked out Mat…

Hill opens up on Clarke's Eastleigh exit

Quotes from Richard Hill regarding goalkeeper Ryan Clarke's Eastleigh exit:


“Ryan was disappointed I left him out and I fully understand that. I don’t expect players to be happy when they’re left out of the team.

“It would be unprofessional of me to make all the details public but, from my point of view, I want players who have been left out to show me they want to get back into the team – and that starts on the training ground.

“I’m just the custodian of Eastleigh, trying to do what is best for the club, and I only want players who are going to work their balls off to get into the side.

“If that makes me unpopular so be it. I love this club and I will continue to do the best I can for Eastleigh FC in the short-term, middle-term and long-term.

"I only want players who want to play for Eastleigh, players who, if they’re not in the team, are prepared to train well and fight for the position.

“Ryan’s a good goalkeeper and so is Stacky (Graham Stack).

“But if a player is not prep…

Ryan Clarke and Darius Henderson depart

Goalkeeper Ryan Clarke and striker Darius Henderson have left the club by mutual consent.


Duo Depart - https://t.co/CAeOx5CkaN#Spitfirespic.twitter.com/lcM9x0xtLJ— Eastleigh FC (@EastleighFC) April 10, 2017

Video: Eastleigh v Lincoln City

🎥 Eastleigh 0-1 Lincoln City

Highlights from BT Sport - National League Highlights Show: https://t.co/Zyx0BjiyiA#Spitfirespic.twitter.com/c8G1FeAIt5 — Jamie Montigue (@jamiemontigue) April 9, 2017

Quotes: Hill: "We didn't deserve to lose to Lincoln"

Quotes from manager Richard Hill and goalkeeper Graham Stack after Eastleigh were unlucky in a narrow defeat against Lincoln City.
Richard Hill:
“I can’t fault the lads today. For long periods we were the better team.

“It’s in games like that that you have to take your chances, but I was pleased with the performance from start to finish. It was much improved from last week - it needed to be.

“How Lincoln play, they do it very well, but we didn’t deserve to lose.

“The build-up to the goal was disappointing. There was a foul on Craig McAllister not given and ten seconds later a very similar foul’s been given on one of their players. Instead of us putting the ball in their box, they’ve put it into ours and it was the only time in the game that we didn’t defend well.”

Graham Stack: 
“We created good chances and were really unlucky.

"From an individual perspective, I was disappointed with how I played last week, but today’s performance was exactly what we needed. The only thing missi…

Reaction | Richard Hill | Lincoln

Richard Hill's post-match reaction after Eastleigh lose 1-0 at home against league leaders Lincoln City.


Eastleigh 0-1 Lincoln City

Eastleigh were unlucky in defeat to league leaders Lincoln City at the Silverlake Stadium.

Sean Raggett scored the only goal of the game for the visitors with a 77th minute header.

Eastleigh: Graham Stack, Michael Green, Sam Togwell, Paul Reid, Adam Dugdale, Gavin Hoyte, Sam Matthews (Matt Tubbs, 72), Ben Close (James Constable, 84), Scott Wilson (Ayo Obileye, 72), Craig McAllister, Hakeem Odoffin. Subs (not used): Chinua Cole, James Constable, Ben Strevens.

Referee: Adam Bromley.

Attendance: 2,738 (659 from Lincoln)


As it happened:

.@EastleighFC 0-1 Lincoln Cityhttps://t.co/qgmai3osY0#Spitfires — Jamie Montigue (@jamiemontigue) April 8, 2017
EASTLEIGH 0 LINCOLN CITY 1: Spitfires so unlucky against league leaders Lincoln Eastleigh 0 Lincoln City 1. IF Lincoln City go on to win the Vanarama National League title, they may well remember this as the day they got off the hook.

Matt Tubbs | Preview | Lincoln City

Matt Tubbs looks ahead to Eastleigh's game against top of the table Lincoln City.

Hill wants Eastleigh 'to get a bit of pride back'

Richard Hill looks ahead to Eastleigh's game against top of the table side Lincoln City. Hill said: “It’s a tough game for us, but the lads have trained well and we’ve spoken about needing to get a bit of pride back after a disappointing performance last week.

“We’ve got a few tired bodies and niggly injuries and Saturday might come too soon for one or two. But it’s April – you’re meant to have sore bodies.”


Read the full article from the Daily Echo:
Eastleigh boss Richard Hill salutes his Lincoln City counterpart ahead of big Silverlake showdown ON paper, you wouldn't get many takers for an Eastleigh win over mighty National League leaders Lincoln City at the Silverlake Stadium on Saturday (3pm). But the Imps themselves have shown that anything is possible this season, becoming the first club to fly the non-League flag into the FA Cup quarter-finals in 103 years.

Video: Dagenham & Redbridge v Eastleigh

Dagenham & Redbridge 4-0 Eastleigh. An afternoon to forget for the Spitfires who will be looking to move on from this game quickly.

Here is some footage of the game from BT Sport:

🎥 @Dag_RedFC v @EastleighFC - A disappointing afternoon for the #Spitfires who will want to put this game behind them quickly pic.twitter.com/NV8zhEC725— Jamie Montigue (@jamiemontigue) April 3, 2017

Daily Echo | Hill: I'll defend players to the hilt

Eastleigh boss Hill: "I'll defend the players to the hilt"MUCH as Richard Hill knew yesterday's 4-0 defeat at Dagenham & Redbridge fell short of expectations, the Eastleigh boss has cut his players a bit of slack. While he was first to admit the performance was "nowhere near good enough", he would not let it overshadow the hard work and key results that had gone before it.

Reaction | Richard Hill | Dag & Red

Richard Hill shares his post-match thoughts after a frustrating afternoon for the Spitfires saw them lose 4-0 at Dagenham & Redbridge.


🎙 REACTION | Richard Hill gives his thoughts on today's performance at @Dag_RedFC. #Spitfires 🔵⚪️ pic.twitter.com/5cbVRfYJ0Y — Eastleigh FC (@EastleighFC) April 1, 2017

Dagenham & Redbridge 4-0 Eastleigh

Eastleigh suffered a heavy 4-0 defeat away at Dagenham & Redbridge on a frustrating afternoon for the Spitfires.



Here's how the action unfolded:
.@Dag_RedFC 4-0 @EastleighFChttps://t.co/7NnQcic9PB#Spitfires — Jamie Montigue (@jamiemontigue) April 1, 2017
FULL-TIME | @Dag_RedFC 4-0 #Spitfires. A tough day at the office.#Spitfires 🔵⚪ pic.twitter.com/nawJEPFZfA — Eastleigh FC (@EastleighFC) April 1, 2017

Reda likely to miss rest of the season

Richard Hill has been looking ahead to Eastleigh's trip to promotion-chasing Dagenham & Redbridge on Saturday.

The Eastleigh director of football/caretaker boss has said that it is likely that Reda Johnson will miss out on the rest of the season due to injury.
"Reda did his hamstring at Chester and I’d be very surprised if he plays again this season. There’s no point pushing him now.

“I came back to the club to get us safe and we’ve managed to do that. There’s no point playing players with long-term injuries, we might as well save them now.”


The Spitfires have taken ten points from their last four games. Hill said: “We’re in better recent form, but they’re (Dagenham & Redbridge) at the right end of the table with not a lot of upheaval this season, which is totally different to Eastleigh."
“At Eastleigh it’s been one obstacle after another, but the club’s come a long way in a short space of time and perhaps it’s time to just calm ourselves down a bit.

"We’d a…

Obileye praises leader Reid

Centre-back Ayo Obileye has been talking to the Daily Echo about Eastleigh's form since switching to a back three and his recent goalscoring exploits.

Obileye has noted the impact that Paul Reid has made to the team since he returned from Whitehawk.

“Reidy is the leader of the three of us but we all talk to each other, it’s been going great for us.

“Reidy’s a good player and a good leader, a real defender, so it’s good to have him there helping.

“I played in a back three at Dagenham so I’m familiar with it. I’m comfortable with both feet - my left is as strong as my right.”

Obileye has scored four goals in 14 appearances for Eastleigh this season and has two in his last two games.

“I was a striker as a kid so when I’m in the penalty box I’m quite comfortable,” he said.

“There have been a lot of changes but we’ve all knuckled down and worked hard and it’s showing with our performances on the pitch.

“After four managers [this season] people are looking at us as if it’s a jolly up, but the…

Young keeper Hall joins Spitfires

Eastleigh have added 17-year-old goalkeeper Nick Hall to the squad on a work experience loan from League Two side Portsmouth until the end of the season.

Hall will provide some cover for the experienced Graham Stack and Ryan Clarke for the remainder of the campaign.
The young keeper played against Eastleigh Youth earlier this season in the FA Youth Cup which Portsmouth Youth won 5-0.

Eastleigh sign Portsmouth goalkeeper EASTLEIGH have signed 17-year-old goalkeeper Nick Hall on a work experience loan from League Two outfit Portsmouth until the end of the season.

Garratt returns to Doncaster

Tyler Garratt has returned to Doncaster Rovers after a loan spell with Eastleigh.

The 20-year-old left-back made 11 appearances for the Spitfires and scored one goal.

He was signed by previous manager Martin Allen in December.

After Richard Hill's return to the club, another left-back Sam Muggleton (also signed by Allen) left Eastleigh. It was also quickly announced that fans favourite Michael Green would be re-joining the club just two weeks after he was let go by Allen.

Hill has said that Garratt has been allowed to end his loan spell and return to Doncaster in order to help young left-back Chinua Cole, who is now the backup option to Michael Green.

 “We wouldn’t have had Tyler for next season and, if I’d played him, it would have been standing in the way of Chinua’s development,” Hill said.


Loanee left-back parts company with Eastleigh TYLER Garratt has returned to Doncaster Rovers following a loan spell with National League outfit Eastleigh. Garratt made 11 appearances for the …

Video: Eastleigh 1-1 Gateshead

Watch the goals from Eastleigh's 1-1 draw with Gateshead at the Silverlake Stadium.

Ayo Obileye netted his second goal in as many games as the Spitfires responded to going a goal behind.

Footage from BT Sport

🎥 Watch the goals from @EastleighFC's 1-1 draw at home v @GatesheadFC.

Footage from BT Sport https://t.co/e0YrxhtUhHpic.twitter.com/QibhyTE79u — Jamie Montigue (@jamiemontigue) March 26, 2017

Reaction | Ayo Obileye | Gateshead

Ayo Obileye's post-match reaction after Eastleigh's 1-1 draw at home against Gateshead. Obileye netted his second goal in as many games for the Spitfires:

"It's a good performance from us. Obviously we wanted to win, we wanted to keep a clean sheet also, but going down 1-0 and getting back into it to get the draw is good for us."

"The boys have been working hard. There's a lot of character in the team now."

"For me getting the goal is good for me personally. I've been looking to get clean sheets as well. It's been good."

"Getting goals is a good thing for a defender but keeping clean sheets is the best. If a defender can defend and score goals it's good. If I can do that then that will be good."

"With three at the back, there's a lot of covering and you get to play out from the back. As a two it's pretty much simple but as a three, it's sometimes better and sometimes it isn't. Teams can work again…

Reaction | Richard Hill | Gateshead

Richard Hill shares his post-match thoughts after Eastleigh's 1-1 draw at the Silverlake Stadium with Gateshead.


“We need to be better with the ball, but we look more organised than we did six weeks ago.

“We looked a bit leggy in the last ten to 15 minutes, the formation we play is asking a lot of the three midfielders.

“But it was a good response to going behind. Credit to the lads, they deserved that.”
VERDICT | Richard Hill has his say on today's 1-1 draw with @GatesheadFC 🎙#Spitfires🔵⚪️ pic.twitter.com/U1bTC1o8CR — Eastleigh FC (@EastleighFC) March 25, 2017

Eastleigh 1-1 Gateshead

Eastleigh share a point with Gateshead as Ayo Obileye nets his second goal in as many games for the Spitfires in a 1-1 draw.

Eastleigh: Stack, Hoyte, Reid, Obileye; Odoffin, Burge (Stearn 80), Togwell, Matthews, Green; Constable (McAllister 67), Tubbs (Wilson 67).
Subs not used: Dugdale, Cole.

Gateshead: Montgomery, M Smith, Hogan, Fyfield, Brundle, Mafuta, McLaughlin, G Smith (Bolton 65); York, Johnson, Burrow. Subs not used: Hanford, Ajala, Bell, Green.

Attendance: 2,393


Here's how the action unfolded: .@EastleighFC 1-1 Gatesheadhttps://t.co/fTTwIqpbFD

Ayo Obileye nets his second goal in as many games for the #Spitfires who share a point — Jamie Montigue (@jamiemontigue) March 25, 2017
Eastleigh 1-1 Gateshead: Obileye rescues a point with second goal in as many gamesEastleigh 1 Gateshead 1 Eastleigh extended their unbeaten run to four matches with this draw against one of the National League's form teams. After a dire first half, the Spitfires went behind in the 57th minute to …

Daily Echo | Reluctant hero Hill heaps credit on Eastleigh's players

Reluctant hero Hill heaps credit on Eastleigh's players after vital win IN little more than three weeks back in charge at Eastleigh, Richard Hill has worked miracles. He took over a side that hadn't won in 2017 - and now, all of a sudden, they have pulled off back-to-back victories to raise themselves to a more comfortable looking 12th in the National League.

Reaction | Scott Wilson | Chester

Scott Wilson reflects on Eastleigh's 1-0 away win at Chester. Wilson came off the bench to net a last-minute winner for the Spitfires:

"We're delighted to get the win away from home last minute. That's what we came here for."

"Since the gaffer has come in we've been working on starting with a solid base at the back trying to keep clean sheets. And like you've seen in the last few games, we got one at a home and one away. Clean sheets win you games and that's what happened the last two weeks."

"The gaffer said try to get in behind them and cause them a few problems, win some free kicks and get some corners if you can - and that's where the goal has come from - a corner."

"The fans are brilliant coming all the way up here. It's difficult obviously but for them to come up here it's brilliant and all the players appreciate it and we hope that they can continue to keep on following us."

Reaction | Ben Strevens | Chester

Ben Strevens shares his post-match thoughts after Eastleigh won 1-0 away at Chester to secure back-to-back wins:

"I thought last week there were massive positives in the way that we played and in the way the shape of the team looked. We changed it up slightly, we went three at the back and today we stayed in the game for long periods."

"I thought we played pretty well first half without really creating too much. I thought we were the better side and then nothing beats getting a last minute goal as well. Clean sheet - most importantly and then to get a last minute goal was brilliant."

"Last week we were solid from the get-go. We’ve talked about the game at York where we gave ourselves so much to do after the first 10-15 minutes being 2-0 down. The last couple of games we’ve been solid, in the game and then as the game goes on we’re going to get chances. We’ve got plenty of players that can score goals."

"It’s just about being a little bit more solid. …

Chester 0-1 Eastleigh

Eastleigh secured back-to-back wins and clean sheets thanks to a late late winner at Chester from Scott Wilson.

As it happened:
Back-to-back wins and clean sheets for the #Spitfires

Chester 0-1 @EastleighFChttps://t.co/MlXptYSzG8 — Jamie Montigue (@jamiemontigue) March 18, 2017
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Back-to-back wins ✅
Back-to-back clean sheets ✅
Incredible away support ✅
Enjoyable journey home ✅#Spitfires🔵⚪ — Eastleigh FC (@EastleighFC) March 18, 2017
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Go on, @ScottWilson93! 👍💪✊#Spitfires🔵⚪ pic.twitter.com/zs8WpdnZaT — Eastleigh FC (@EastleighFC) March 18, 2017
FULL-TIME | @ChesterFC 0-1 #Spitfires.

Smash and grab stuff! 👍🏻 pic.twitter.com/ES7yAAXAIN — Eastleigh FC (@EastleighFC) March 18, 2017
Great Scott! It's back-to-back wins for Eastleigh EASTLEIGH can begin to breathe easily again after racking up back-to-back victories under the caretaker leadership of Richard Hill.

Daily Echo | McAllister: Bringing back old faces was just the tonic Eastleigh needed

By Wendy Gee

(To read the full article click the link below) 
Bringing back familiar faces from a bygone era is not always the recipe for footballing success.

But targetman Craig McAllister reckons that, in Eastleigh’s case, the tactic is paying off.

The return of defender Paul Reid and striker Matt Tubbs worked a treat last weekend as the Spitfires despatched Barrow 2-0 for a long overdue first win of 2017.

It puts them level on points with Saturday's National League hosts Chester, who have themselves been having a rough time of it, losing seven of their last ten league games.
McAllister: Bringing back old faces was just the tonic Eastleigh neededBRINGING back familiar faces from a bygone era is not always the recipe for footballing success. But targetman Craig McAllister reckons that, in Eastleigh 's case, the tactic is paying off. The return of defender Paul Reid and striker Matt Tubbs worked a treat last weekend as the Spitfires despatched Barrow 2-0 for a long overdue first wi…

Highlights | Eastleigh 2-0 Barrow

Watch highlights as Eastleigh beat Barrow 2-0 at home with goals from Sam Togwell and Matt Tubbs helping to secure a well-earned three points for the Spitfires.
🎥.@EastleighFC 2-0 Barrow - Highlights from BT Sport #Spitfires

Full Vanarama National League Highlights show here: https://t.co/SeSnvdTMTwpic.twitter.com/H6HseIwOh0 — Jamie Montigue (@jamiemontigue) March 12, 2017

Daily Echo | Hill's judgement still spot on

By Wendy Gee
(To read the full article click the link below) 
RICHARD Hill’s instincts rarely let him down during his first successful stint as Eastleigh manager.

That’s ancient history now, but his team selection for Saturday’s crucially important 2-0 National League win over Barrow proved his judgement remains spot on.

Having had door after door slammed in his face in his efforts to strengthen a struggling side, Hill turned to two familiar faces to help the club out in a time of need.

Hand on heart, not every Spitfires fan was happy to see Eastleigh retracing old steps by bringing back 35-year-old central defender and former captain Paul Reid from Whitehawk.

And as for inviting striker Matt Tubbs to re-join the club after his underwhelming loan spell from Portsmouth last season, it had the potential to leave Eastleigh's new director of football/caretaker manager with egg on his face.

Typically of Hill, though, he proved the doubters wrong with both Reid and Tubbs outstanding on a pote…

Video: Hill and Tubbs | Barrow reaction

Richard Hill reacts to Eastleigh's 2-0 win over Barrow:


Matt Tubbs shares his thoughts after getting on the scoresheet on his return to Eastleigh: