Eastleigh’s academy sides both came out on top in an exciting day of Conference Youth Alliance football.
In Division E, the Blues (second years) ran out 3-2 winners at home to league leaders Bashley courtesy of an Aaron Lobb brace and an Oliver Dennett strike.
The young Spitfires raced into a three-goal lead before Bashley struck back from the penalty spot.
The visitors scored another to set up a nervy finish, but Head of Youth and Development Luke Hardy was pleased with the attitude shown by his side in closing out the victory.
“It was positive result against top of the league – I felt we controlled the contest for 70 minutes”, Hardy commented.
“We earned ourselves a 3-0 lead – the penalty awarded to them changed the flow of the game and we were up against it for the last 20.
“We need to manage games better but it’s a good three points”.
In Division D, the Whites (first years) also put in a fine performance to beat Havant and Waterlooville away from home – 3-7 the scoreline in an entertaining contest.
Braces from Mosese Tekei, Liam Callaghan and Lewis Beale, along with a Rhys Crookes effort, put the contest beyond any doubt – and coach Tom Guy was pleased with the ruthlessness of the young side.
“It was tight and physical first half, but the boys did well to take most of their chances”, said Guy.
“When they changed shape and formation, we adapted throughout. We were quicker going forward, and more clinical in front of goal as the game went on which was pleasing to see.”
The attention for the academy side now turns back to the FA Youth Cup – fixture details for the next round will be available in due course.