Eastleigh knocked off the top

Hampshire Chronicle: Craig McAllister Craig McAllister

EASTLEIGH maintained their unbeaten record at Staines’ Wheatsheaf Park ground, but they surrendered their position at the top of the table as Bromley won 6-1 at home to Maidenhead.

It was also the first league game in which Eastleigh had failed to score since August, writes Malcolm Clarke.

Craig McAllister had probably the best chance from open play to score but his effort was well wide.

Towards the end, Ben Wright forced a save from Turner but Southam’s follow-up shot was off target.

Both teams had promising attacking moments, but generally the final ball was lacking and the attacks broke down before a shot on goal was produced.

Worsfold and Dos-Santos both came close for Staines, but in the end it was a goal-less draw.

At least for Eastleigh it was another away game out of the way and they can now look forward to the visit of Dorchester on Tuesday.

Eastleigh had recalled Jai Reason and Yemi Odubade to their starting line-up with Reece Connolly suspended and Stuart Fleetwood injured. There were also places on the substitutes’ bench for Lee Peacock and Will Evans.

A strong breeze did not make good football easy but the nearest Eastleigh had to a goal in the first half was when Dean Beckwith fouled Dos-Santos and the normally prolific Louie Theophanous put his penalty kick wide.

Eastleigh forced several corners and Ben Wright had a shot that went just across the face of goal. Luke Neville also made an important interception to deny Wright.

At the other end Dos-Santos and Calum Willock had chances for Staines as the game finished goal-less at the interval.

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