8/8/17 7:45 Kick Off
Ben Williamson’s second half goal was enough to see Eastleigh overcome Sutton United 1-0 in the National League fixture at The Silverlake Stadium on Tuesday night.
Sutton looked threatening in the early stages through a succession of corners, and it took Andrew Boyce’s goal line clearance to keep out Kieron Cadogan’s first time effort.
Craig Eastmond had a pop shot from the right of the box on 17 minutes, and Graham Stack’s parry fell to Cadogan who’s first-time effort was pummelled to safety by Boyce.
Michael Green’s ball in from the left was met by Paul McCallum, whose tame header looked to be an easy claim for Butler, but the Sutton stopper initially spilled the ball before clutching two hands to it on the floor.
Cadogan then had another effort just before the break, but his close-range drive was blocked by a lunging Gavin Hoyte.
Eastleigh’s Sam Wood tried to catch everyone out with a shot straight from the kick off, but couldn’t generate enough power to trouble Butler.
The game then sprung to life when McCallum’s acrobatic effort from the edge of the box went wide before Boyce’s last-ditch challenge prevented Moses Emmanuel from opening the scoring.
Boyce continued to get stuck in but his tackle on Ross Lafayette was deemed a foul by referee Adam Bromley. Lafayette took the free kick himself from 30 yards but his shot sailed just over the top left corner.
Danny Hollands then hit wide on 52 minutes with a half-volley from the edge of the area, before Ben Williamson latched onto a long ball from ‘keeper Graham Stack but was denied by Butler.
Mark Yeates’ effort was then palmed back into danger by Butler, and Williamson made sure he put The Spitfires into the lead this time by firing the ball into an empty net.
Yeates then drilled a shot from the edge of the box that whistled past the post, before James Constable came off the bench and cannoned a long-range drive back off the crossbar 2 minutes from time.
Sutton piled on the pressure late on put a resilient Eastleigh defence held on for the three points, making it four points and no goals conceded from their first two National League games of the season, looking ahead to Saturday’s home clash with Dagenham and Redbridge.
Final Score Eastleigh 1 – 0 Sutton