EASTLEIGH have filled a gap in their pre-season schedule by organising an away game at Southern League West outfit Didcot Town on Saturday (July 15, 3pm).

It replaces a prestige home friendly against League Two champions Portsmouth, which was called off yesterday to allow the Spitfires’ newly-laid pitch more time to settle.

Didcot had been due to take on Flackwell Heath at Bisham Abbey on Saturday, but have cancelled that in favour of hosting Richard Hill’s National League side.

Kenny Jackett’s Portsmouth have also got a rearranged fixture on Saturday against Vanarama National League South new boys Bognor Regis Town at Nyewood Lane (1.30pm).

Last night a Pompey XI hit back from 2-0 down to beat another VNLS side Poole Town 6-3 at the Dolphins’ Black Gold Stadium.

Town struck twice in the opening seven minutes through Olli Balmer and Luke Burbidge before succumbing to a brace apiece from Nicke Kabamba, Curtis Main and former Eastleigh loanee Ben Close in front of a 407 crowd.

Ex-AFC Totton forward Luke Roberts was also on target for Poole, cutting inside from the right and firing a shot through 'keeper Jack Collins’ legs. That made it 3-3 before Portsmouth eased clear in the closing stages.

Kabamba, plucked from non-League football with Hampton & Richmond Borough, was not surprised Poole put up such a good show.

He told Portsmouth’s official website: “I know that when you’re at a non-League club and play against a big side, you see it as an opportunity to put yourself in the shop window.

“That’s why they gave us a good game, but ultimately our quality came through in the end and we got the win.”