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Cards travel to ambitious Eastleigh

Brian Caffarey - 29th July 2013

Cards travel to ambitious Eastleigh Eastleigh v Woking
Pre-season friendly
7.30pm on Tuesday 30 July 2013 (NB Kick-off time)

The Cards travel to ambitious Eastleigh on Tuesday evening for their penultimate pre-season friendly. Garry Hill’s side will be in good spirits after their impressive 3-0 home win on Saturday over League One side Gillingham, which followed a 2-1 home win over Championship side AFC Bournemouth.


Garry and Steve Thompson must have been encouraged by Saturday’s performance in which Gavin McCallum again, new signing Gavin Williams and trialist winger Anthony McNamee, making his fourth consecutive friendly appearance, scored the goals. In spite of the Cards notching three goals, the main interest continues to lie in who Garry will bring in to strengthen his striking options. On Saturday former Ebbsfleet striker John Akinde, who played for Dover against us in a recent friendly, had a run-out, being replaced midway through the second half by Ollie Taylor from Wycombe Wanderers.


The Spitfires, managed by ex-Stevenage Borough boss Richard Hill, have invested heavily in a squad which is full of well-known non-League players, including ex-Card Craig McAllister. A recent headline signing was that of striker Stuart Fleetwood, who made his name with Hereford United before gaining a move to Charlton Athletic. Other familiar names include keeper Ross Flitney, defender Chris Todd, striker Ben Strevens (signed from Dagenham and Redbridge this summer), midfielders Glen Southam and Jai Reason and winger Yemi Odubade.

Eastleigh finished fourth in the Conference South last season but lost in the play-off semi-final to Dover Athletic.

The Spitfires’ pre-season friendlies so far have been:

Eastleigh 0 Wycombe Wanderers 3
Wantage Town 1 Eastleigh 6
Eastleigh 2 Aldershot Town 1
Eastleigh 0 Southampton XI 1

Friday night’s game against a Southampton XI saw the Spitfires line up as follows: Ross Flitney (Jack Dovey), Dan Spence (Bradley Doyle), Michael Green (Ryan Fuller), Will Evans, Chris Dillon (Craig McAllister), Dean Beckwith, Jamie Collins (Sam Wilson), Glen Southam, Ben Strevens, Jai Reason, Stuart Fleetwood (Yemi Odubade)

Eastleigh start their season a week later than Woking, hosting Sutton United on Saturday 17 August.


Silverlake Stadium
Ten Acres
Stoneham Lane
SO50 9HT
Tel. 023 8061 3361
Website: www.eastleighfc.com

By car

Take the M3 to J13. Turn right into Leigh Road. Go on till the crossroads and turn right at lights into Passfield Avenue. Go past Fleming Park Sports Centre on right. At the roundabout take second exit; at the next, take the first exit; go past Concorde Club. Take the first turning right into Stoneham Lane and the ground is 100 yards on left-hand side. There are 500 “free parking" spaces at the ground.

By train

Both Southampton Airport Parkway and Eastleigh stations are about a 20-minute walk from the ground. There are trains to Southampton Airport Parkway at 17.46, arriving (after a change at Basingstoke) at 18.32, or a direct train at 18.13, arriving at 19.02. There are direct trains to Eastleigh at 18.04 (18.54) and 18.13 (18.58).

On the way back there are trains from Southampton Airport Parkway at 21.53, 22.03, 22.08 and 22.38, whilst from Eastleigh they leave at 21.47, 22.14 and 22.46.


Friday 2 August: Woking v QPR XI (k.o. 7.45pm) (NB Change of date)

The Cards start their league campaign on Saturday 10 August at home to Lincoln City.

Come on, you Cards!
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