Eastleigh manager Richard Hill has offered £500 to a charity of the fans’ choice as a gesture of goodwill.

Following Hill’s criticism of the supporters’ ‘performance’ during Saturday’s defeat at home to Barrow, he said: “I didn’t blame them for the defeat but that’s how they took it. I apologise to them for that because it wasn’t meant that way.

“Sometimes I have a habit of saying what I think. I’ve had a lot of support from people in the game for saying it but if anyone has taken umbrage I apologise.

“They’ve had their say and been very critical of me which is fair enough.

"My family have had to read it but I’m prepared to donate £500 of my money to a charity of their choice and I’ll do that on the basis it's gone, forgotten.

“The offer’s there for the fans to contact me. I’ll meet with the TSSC (The Spitfires' Supporters Club) or whoever.

“I’ll do that on the basis it’s nipped in the bud. I’ve held the olive branch out there, let’s make it good cause.”

Hill thanked the fans for their support following his side’s dramatic comeback against Maidenhead tonight.

“They got behind us great, they’ve clapped the lads off which is the first time that’s happened for a long time.

“Did we deserve that [point]? Probably not. But we’ve deserved more in other games in the last few weeks.”

Hill’s opposite number – former West Ham and England star Alan Devonshire – was celebrating a club record 472 games in charge of Maidenhead.

“That’s an unbelievable achievement, if I’d known that I’d have bought him a bottle of champagne,” added Hill.