Match report

A 0-0 draw against Guiseley kept Eastleigh in 12th place in the National League fixture at Nethermoor Park on Saturday.

The Spitfires almost grabbed all 3 points right at the death through Danny Hollands, but could only come away with a fourth consecutive draw.

The 500-mile round trip saw new signing Gary McSheffrey make his debut in place of Chris Zebroski, but the man who was once the youngest player to play in the Premier League was unable to carry his new side to victory.

Eastleigh now look on to Tuesday night’s home clash with Maidstone, who sit level on points with Richard Hill’s men in 15th place.

The Spits came close to taking the lead in just the third minute when James Constable cushioned a header into the path of Mark Yeates, allowing him to cut in from the right and steer a left-footed shot goalwards, but Joe Green saved low to his right.

The hosts then livened up with a couple of chances through John Rooney. The ball dropped to him at a nice height, but he tried to control rather than take on the volley and was scuppered by Andrew Boyce. The midfielder then did attempt a volley from Lee Molyneux’s free-kick, but Callum Howe was on hand to clear the danger.

Raul Correia had the best chance of the half in the eleventh minute. The Blackpool loanee latched on to a loose ball on the edge of the area, and his curled effort was met equally by a diving Graham Stack.

Yeates then played a neat one-two with Reda Johnson on the left wing before weaving his way into the middle of the penalty area, but his effort was blocked by the Guiseley defence.

Molyneux then came close for The Lions with a free-kick curled low around the wall that was saved by Stack, before Rooney’s lofted ball in had Correia and Kayode Odejayi lunging at the far post, but neither could get a decisive touch.

Connor Brown was next to go close for the hosts as half time approached. The right-back latched on to an under-hit pass from Sam Wood and soared down the right flank, before shooting wide, having ignored options to his left.

A Guiseley free-kick in the 61st minute then caused Eastleigh some problems. Howe, retaining the captain’s armband in Sam Togwell’s absence, cleared high into the air, and Stack could only punch clear under pressure from the onrushing attackers. Substitute Frank Mulhern’s drive from the edge of the area then crept through some bodies but was eventually hooked away.

Hill’s substitutes then combined well with 10 minutes to play; Sam Matthews’ free-kick was headed back across goal by Craig McAllister, but the ball fell just too far for Ayo Obileye to reach as he rushed in unmarked.

Hollands’ headed clearance in the 84th minute then fell kindly for Mulhern, whose first-time volley sailed over the crossbar.

The hosts could have snatched the lead five minutes from time when Jake Lawlor somehow blazed over a golden opportunity from six yards. The ball was drilled in to a crowded penalty area and Rooney was first to react, and his scuffed shot opened the door for Lawlor, who couldn’t take his chance.

The Spits came agonisingly close to snatching three points in the 89th minute through Hollands. The ex-Bournemouth midfielder took on an audacious half-volley on the turn from the edge of the box and forced an outstanding save from Green, but the game seemed destined to remain goalless.

Season Stats

Top Scorers
Goals
Ben Williamson6
Mark Yeates3
Craig McAllister3
Ayo Obileye3
Reda Johnson1