Graham Baker will want to dampen down promotion talk after only six games of the season but Cards fans increasingly believe that his exciting young side can mount a play-off challenge in spite of their inexperience. Weâ€™ve got an attractive home fixture tomorrow (Monday afternoon) when Eastleigh, who narrowly missed out in the play-offs last year and who Graham Baker has tipped as strong contenders this season, are the visitors. Join what we hope will be a bumper Bank Holiday crowd and cheer on the Cards!
The 2-0 win at Lewes on Saturday makes it four wins, one draw and one defeat in the first six games â€“ a sequence of results which puts the Cards in third place, one point behind Dover and Frank Grayâ€™s Basingstoke Town. Thereâ€™s a feeling too that thereâ€™s quite a lot more to come from this side as they continue to gel, especially if the team can convert its dominance into goals.
With two games in three days, it wouldnâ€™t be a surprise to see Graham make one or two changes, especially up front. Charlie Moone, with his instinctive strike on Saturday on top of his hat-trick for the reserves midweek, has clearly staked a claim for a place, while Luke Medley will be hoping he will get the nod too.
The Spitfires have had a somewhat disappointing start to the season, with two wins and four defeats in their opening games. But Ian Bairdâ€™s side look to have too much quality in their side to linger for too long at the wrong end of the table. In particular, in Andy Forbes and Richard Gillespie they have two very useful strikers who may give the Cardsâ€™ defence (only one goal conceded in the last four games) more of a test than in recent matches. It is noteworthy that Eastleigh have scored 16 goals already this season: twice as many as the Cards. In todayâ€™s NLP Baird says: â€œWe wonâ€™t press any panic buttons and Iâ€™m very, very happy with this squad of players I have here. I think we are a better team than last year when we nearly won it and I believe theyâ€™ll come good.â€�
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Donâ€™t forget lovely Seafare fish and chips in the Leslie Gosden Stand! And why not join the players in the Club House after the game?
We may be in the BSS but weâ€™re producing an even better matchday programme this season: for a â€˜tasterâ€™ see the earlier news item.