A late Callum Howe equaliser earned the Spitfires a hard-fought point against ten-man Woking.
The boys in blue were frustrated against a Woking side sitting just 3 points above them prior to kick-off.
The first half was even affair with both teams posing an attacking threat but neither able to make the breakthrough, but It was the sending off of Chez Isaac for Woking early in the second half that seemed to make the most impact as it brought about a period of immense pressure from the Spitfires that lead to a Chris Zebroski goal in the 64th minute.
The hosts’ lead lasted just 5 minutes however as Woking found an equaliser through substitute Charlie Carter.
An 82nd Inih Effiong penalty for the visitors gave them a 2-1 lead, and it looked as though the points would go north to to Woking – however, a late surge of pressure from the Spitfires resulted in the 90th minute equaliser from Howe.
The Spitfires started the brightest with Sam Mathews having a free-kick headed clear after a foul on Chris Zebroski. Matthews began to find more room in the final third and had a low drive saved by Woking goalkeeper, Nathan Baxter.
The visitors had their first sight of goal when a good move down the left-hand side saw a cross whipped into the 6-yard box, but Kane Ferdinand failed to poke it home. The momentum remained with the hosts however, as Yeates found himself some space on the right-hand side of the box but couldn’t keep his left footed volley from sailing just wide of the target.
Again, Matthews looked to be the most likely to find the net as he continued to turn the screw, and had an ambitious chip clawed away for a corner.
Chances were coming thick and fast for Eastleigh, but despite the Spitfires dominating the first 20 minutes, Woking had another chance on the counter-attack which saw Andrew Boyce almost head into his own net.
The following corner resulted in a goal mouth scramble, but the hosts manage to hack the ball clear.
Matthews created another chance to take the lead when he fed the ball through to Zebroski, who rounded the keeper, but couldn’t get his shot on target.
Woking began to grow into the game and had a number of excellent chances to take the lead late on in the half – Jamie Philphot had the best of the openings, but he was closed down superbly by Graham Stack.
The Spitfires were forced into a half time change between the sticks – Ross Flitney replaced Stack, who had injured his groin.
A scrappy start to the second half saw neither side able to get a grip of the game until Paul McCallum had a brilliant chance on the edge of the box – but he put his shot over the bar.
Tempers started to flare shortly after, and Isaac was given his marching orders for a rash challenge on Cavaghn Miley just after the hour mark.
The hosts looked to pile on the pressure and make the numerical advantage count with a succession of corners – and one almost found the net straight from the corner kick but for the smart reactions of Baxter.
Eastleigh’s domination earnt them the opening goal of the game when Zebroski drove into the right-hand side of the box and fired a drive into the bottom left corner in the 64th minute.
McCallum missed a superb chance to make it 2-0 as he couldn’t get enough contact to force Yeates’ cross into the net.
The changes came for the visitors when Inih Effiong and Charlie Carter came onto the field. It was the two substitutes that linked up to grab an equaliser in the 69th minute when Effiong laid the ball off for Carter to fire the ball into the bottom right corner.
The momentum stayed with the ten-men of Woking and when Danny Hollands gave away a foul in the box, the visitors were awarded a penalty in the 82nd minute. Effiong scored it, giving the Spitfires just under ten minutes to recover.
Eastleigh responded well and the introduction of James Constable put pressure on the Cardinals – they came close to equalising when the substitute hit the post from close range. The Spitfires persistence eventually paid off when they found an equaliser in the 90th minute through Howe. A corner fell to his feet at the back post, and he made no mistake thumping the ball home to earn a hard-fought point for the hosts.