The Spitfires were held to an entertaining 0-0 draw away to Bromley in a match were the weather changed as much as the momentum of the match. Centre back Reda Johnson came closest to breaking the deadlock when he rattled the bar half way through the first half from a short corner. Bromley looked the more likely in the second half through striker Louis Dennis but he missed two gilt-edged chances. A draw means a solid start to the season for the Spitfires but they will be keen to take three points against Sutton on Tuesday.
A new look Eastleigh strike force looked potent in the first half, Paul McCullum winning all the balls in the air which allowed his team mates to get forward and attack the Bromley goal. That included fellow debutant Ben Williamson who joined the club this week. Mark Yeates was causing Bromley several problems with his skill and movement but it was centre back Reda Johnson who went closest. Johnson rose high from a short corner taken by Yeates and his header hit the bar. There were several long range efforts which all flashed over the bar as Easttleigh mounted the pressure. It was a great first half performance from the new boys with Bromley failing to create any real chances.
Bromley looked lively in the second half with Dennis missing a free header in the box, heading the ball hard into the floor only to watch it bounce over. Dennis was left to rue another missed chance minutes later as Johnson was nearly punished for trying to take he ball out under pressure. Dennis went round the outside but could only shoot across the goal with no one running in to tap in.
It was a strong performance by Johnson but was deemed a little too strong after a challenge on Williams saw him go into the book. Williams then received his own yellow card less than a minute later for a rash challenge of his own. Neither team could create much in the later stages as both seem to settle for a point. A final chance fell to Chris Zebroski in the final minutes as his header which was flicked on from a corner fell wide. Man of the match was given to Bromley’s Ben Chorley, the former Portsmouth man put a solid display in at the back. Eastleigh now look to Tuesday when they host Sutton United.