No worries over squad depth, says Eastleigh boss

RICHARD HILL

RICHARD HILL

First published in Sport Hampshire Chronicle: Photograph of the Author by , Non-league football reporter

WITH another 22 league games to squeeze in before the end of April and an FA Trophy quarter-final approaching, some Eastleigh fans have expressed concern about the size of the squad.

But as Richard Hill prepares to lead his second-placed side to Weston-super-Mare tonight in the Skrill Conference South, he has assured supporters that everything is under control.

Even without the suspended Stuart Fleetwood, the Spitfires still had the luxury of naming skipper Glen Southam, Will Evans and Yemi Odubade on the bench for Saturday’s 2-1 win over Gosport Borough and Romone Rose wasn’t even in the 16.

Writing in that day’s match programme, Hill said: “I’m aware that some fans are concerned we might be short on numbers, but I’m extremely happy with the make-up of my squad at present and, even allowing for injuries and suspensions, I routinely have to leave out individuals each week who would be playing regularly elsewhere.

“That’s not to say that if I identify somebody who would add value to what we have, I wouldn’t be willing to bring them in.

“I am out watching games every single week.

“Furthermore, I am constantly in receipt of emails and phone calls from agents of players desperate to be part of Eastleigh FC.

“It should be remembered, though, what a talented collection of footballers we already have in place.”

That talented bunch will be targeting their eighth straight league and Trophy win at Weston. If successful, they will narrow the gap on league leaders Bromley to eight points with three games in hand.

Mid-table Weston have played just once in January – a 2-1 home win over Tonbridge Angels – and were left kicking their heels again on Saturday when their game at Sutton was rained off.

The Spitfires will again be without star man Fleetwood who sits out the third of a four-match ban.

Following advice from the local authorities, fans will be segregated for the big FA Trophy quarter-final against Cambridge United on Saturday week (February 1) with visiting fans occupying the Silverlake stand end of the ground.

Ticket prices will be: £12 adults, £7.50 concessions (standing), £15 adults, £9.50 concessions (main stand seating) and free for under-sevens anywhere in the ground.

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