Match report

The Spitfires soared to victory thanks to a magical double from Mark Yeates, which gave Eastleigh a 2-1 victory away to second-placed Macclesfield Town FC.

Eastleigh’s second away win of the season was partly down to the Silkman’s keeper Shwan Jalal, who miss-kicked the ball directly to Yeates who calmly finished into an open net from 25 yards, just before half-time.

It was not long after the interval when Eastleigh and Yeates both got their second. Superb link-up play with James Constable climaxed with a fantastic finish into the far bottom corner.

Danny Whitehead’s whirlwind of a strike from distance in the 90th minute put a few doubts into the minds of the traveling Spitfires’, but all three points stayed with Eastleigh for their journey back down south.

Eastleigh’s afternoon got off to the worse possible start, a devastated Ryan Cresswell was forced off following a clash with team-mate Ross Flitney.

The Spitfires could have easily dropped their heads but they responded in style, three successive corners caused the Macclesfield defence real problems, but Eastleigh couldn’t make the breakthrough.

Eastleigh continued to be the dominant side, Williamson and Yeates linked up nicely to cause the Macclesfield defence further problems.

As the first half neared the final five minutes the Macclesfield front line started to put pressure on Eastleigh’s defence. The Silk Men’s best chance fell to former Spitfire Scott Wilson who rounded Flitney, but was outdone by a magnificent clearance by Reda Johnson – who slid in at the last possible moment.

Eastleigh was then handed an extremely early Christmas present in the wintery conditions when Macclesfield keeper, Jalal, gifted Yeates the ball, who calmly finished for his second league goal of the season.

Shortly after the interval the Spitfires then doubled their lead through Yeates. The Irishman linked up beautifully with James Constable down the left, before Yeates side-footed into the bottom right-hand corner of the net.

With nothing to lose the Macclesfield started to mount pressure upon the Spitfires defence, a number of chances falling to Wilson and substitute Tyrone Marsh but neither could convert.

For the second year running the Spitfires have Flitney to thank, the Spitfires goal-keeper was in inspired form, making a number of last-ditch saves.

However, there was nothing he could do about Whitehead’s effort. Smashed home from 25 yards, the ball had flown passed a helpless Flitney to result in nothing more than a consolation goal for the home side.

Despite the victory Eastleigh remained 18th in the table, with their game in hand against Chester next Saturday.

Season Stats

Top Scorers
Ben Williamson9
Paul McCallum5
Cavaghn Miley5
Mark Yeates4
Chris Zebroski4