Eastleigh are champions of the Skrill South and have gained promotion to the elite level of non-league football

Hampshire Chronicle: Richard Hill's side have won the Skrill South Richard Hill's side have won the Skrill South

Eastleigh have been crowned champions of the Skrill South after beating Basingstoke 2-1 at the Silverlake Stadium this afternoon.

With two games to spare the Spitfires have confirmed that they will play in the fifth tier of English football for the first time in their 68-year history.

They only needed a point from the match against the Dragons but at times it looked as if the visitors might spoil the party and win the match, despite having centre-back Ross Adams in goal for over an hour following an injury to 'keeper Louis Wells.

Hampshire Chronicle:

But just past the hour mark Yemi Odubade’s powerful shot from the edge of the box curled past the outstretched arm of stand-in stopper Adams to ignite the promotion party, before Salisbury loanee Ben Wright, who was on loan at 'Stoke at the beginning of the year,  (below) slotted home the second from close range after Dan Spence had squared the ball from the right.

Hampshire Chronicle:

Liam Enver-Marum then scored an injury time goal for 'Stoke.

In front of a bumper crowd of 1505 at the Silverlake Arena those goals, in what was the biggest match in the club’s history, saw Richard Hill's side to their twelfth game unbeaten in a row at home and to a famous championship.

Nine years after they gained promotion from the Ryman Premier League and eleven since they were crowned champions of the Wessex Premier Division Eastleigh have hoisted themselves to just one league off the Football League.

Hampshire Chronicle:

It is a proud day for the club who at one point were more than eleven points off top-spot in the Skrill South, but after not losing since late November were able battle their way to the top.

Eastleigh: Ross Flitney, Dan Spence, Michael Green, Ben Strevens, Will Evans, Chris Todd, Jai Reason, Glen Southam (c), Yemi Odubade, Ben Wright (Lee Peacock 89), Daniel Wishart (Craig McAllister 55). Subs not used:  Lewis Noice, Craig McAllister, Dean Beckwith, Chris Dillon.

Basingstoke Town: Louis Wells (37 Ross Adams), Nathan Smart, Andrew Jenkinson, Matt Partridge (Wes Daly 64), Jay Gasson (c), Robbie Matthews, Louie Soares, Shaun McAuley,Manny Williams (Liam Enver-Marum 64), Nicholas Bignall, Simon Dunn. Subs not used: Kezie Ibe, Marcus Johnson-Schuster

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5:52pm Fri 18 Apr 14

Ozmosis says...

Fabulous result guys - well done!
Fabulous result guys - well done! Ozmosis
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6:12pm Fri 18 Apr 14

Freddie Flowerpot says...

Really proud of this club and players, there's been a few play off disappointments over the past few years, but this makes up for it!

A special day.
Really proud of this club and players, there's been a few play off disappointments over the past few years, but this makes up for it! A special day. Freddie Flowerpot
  • Score: 6

6:29pm Fri 18 Apr 14

splodger1 says...

Well done Eastleigh
Proud of you all.
Well done Eastleigh Proud of you all. splodger1
  • Score: 4

6:29pm Fri 18 Apr 14

Positively4thStreet says...

Good news.Well done!
Good news.Well done! Positively4thStreet
  • Score: 5

6:54pm Fri 18 Apr 14

florida saint says...

well done Eastleigh, great effort. enjoy your summer and then aim for another promotion .
well done Eastleigh, great effort. enjoy your summer and then aim for another promotion . florida saint
  • Score: 5

9:05pm Fri 18 Apr 14

03alpe01 says...

Well done lads! Just one step away from League football!
Well done lads! Just one step away from League football! 03alpe01
  • Score: 2

9:26pm Fri 18 Apr 14

US Spitfire says...

Proud to be a Spitfire!
Picture of the day has to be Suvs & Mr Eastleigh - the one & only Derik Brooks proudly holding the trophy aloft!

What an amazing season.
Thank you to the Players, staff and supporters!
COYS!!
Proud to be a Spitfire! Picture of the day has to be Suvs & Mr Eastleigh - the one & only Derik Brooks proudly holding the trophy aloft! What an amazing season. Thank you to the Players, staff and supporters! COYS!! US Spitfire
  • Score: 1

10:19pm Fri 18 Apr 14

pompeythesinkingship says...

Pompey must be quaking in there boots now theses guys are coming ..ha ha ha wtfln
Pompey must be quaking in there boots now theses guys are coming ..ha ha ha wtfln pompeythesinkingship
  • Score: 2

10:20pm Fri 18 Apr 14

pompeythesinkingship says...

Congratulations Eastleigh fc
Congratulations Eastleigh fc pompeythesinkingship
  • Score: 1

1:23pm Sat 19 Apr 14

gr8saint says...

Great game to watch. So proud of the club right now.

The clubhouse had an amazing atmosphere, the only downside is that my head is still hurting from too much celebrating! Lol

Congratulations to the players and staff, let's have another 2 wins to really put the icing on the cake!

Pompey FC, we're coming for you!
Great game to watch. So proud of the club right now. The clubhouse had an amazing atmosphere, the only downside is that my head is still hurting from too much celebrating! Lol Congratulations to the players and staff, let's have another 2 wins to really put the icing on the cake! Pompey FC, we're coming for you! gr8saint
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