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Spitfires keep up the pace at the top
11:16pm Tuesday 17th September 2013 in Sport
Eastleigh maintained their place at the top of the Skrill Conference South as they beat Eastbourne Borough 2-0 at the Silverlake Stadium.
The victory was secured with a dominant second half performance – Jai Reason and Glen Southam scoring as the Spitfires remain unbeaten at home this campaign.
It was a topsy-turvy game for Reason, pictured left, as the frontman managed to miss from the spot, but made up for the error as he scored and delivered the decisive cross in the second goal.
In a busy first half the league leaders struggled to keep hold of possession.
The feisty Boro forwards, Darren Lok, Simon Johnson and Gary Hart all caused danger to Dean Beckwith and the returning Chris Todd at the heart of the Spitfires defence with phases of quick passing.
The best opening was gifted to Lok, who was able to dispossess Damien Batt and play in Chris Shepard, who fired a curling effort that Ross Fliney saved well.
Ex-Eastleigh man Frankie Raymond almost played in his former charges as he attempted a back pass. Yemi Odubade took advantage of the stray ball but scuffed his shot wide.
Eastleigh once again struggled to contain the Boro attack as a whipped cross found Hart, who would have scored if it wasn’t for some last ditch defending from Jamie Collins.
At the interval, Spitfires boss Richard Hill brought on Craig McAllister for Collins, who picked up a knock, and with the extra attacking man the Spitfires instantly outplayed the Sussex side.
And as Batt was shoved by Lok in the box it seemed the Silverlake Stadium side would take the lead. But Reason dispatched the spot kick well over the bar.
It was the Odubade’s turn to frustrate the supporters as he incredibly planted McAllister’s low cross over from six yards.
A crisp ball from the journeyman striker then provided a perfect opportunity for Reason to make up for his terrible penalty. The striker duly converted in style to put the Spitfires 1-0 up just after the hour.
That penalty miss must have inspired the Eastleigh man as he then provided the second goal just ten minutes later. A drilled cross found Southam, who dispatched a neat effort into the bottom left of the net to wrap up his side’s sixth victory in eight games.
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