PREVIEW | SUTTON (A)

On Saturday the Spitfires make the relatively short trip to South London to face the joint top of the table Sutton United.

Sutton are currently one of three teams that adorn the top of the table with 39 points – Aldershot and Wrexham are also on the brink of breaking the 40 point barrier.

Despite Paul Doswell’s side currently sitting in the superior position, it was the Eastleigh who came out victorious when the two clubs met earlier in the season.

For that reason, the Spitfires can take confidence going into the first fixture of December.

“We’ve had a good week” explained manager Richard Hill.

“We have trained at Fleming Park (on the 3G pitch), so we are well prepared for the conditions at Sutton.

“Another added bonus is that we’ve got Stacky back – we haven’t had to go and find anyone else, so we are pretty much the same as we were last week other than that.”

Meet the opposition:

It’s been a whirlwind couple of years for the U’s – after failing to gain promotion to National League through the playoffs in 2011–12 and 2013–14, they finally managed to reach the National League in 2015.

For the first time in 16 years Sutton were back in the fifth tier of English Football and for the first time in the clubs history they reached the F.A Cup fifth round, losing 2-0 to Arsenal.

Along with their well publicised F.A Cup run last season, Sutton also finished a solid 12th – the highest of the promoted clubs.

History Books:

Despite having a strong link – Paul Doswell, Ross Lafayette and Ross Stearn are all former Spitfires, the two clubs have only met five times in the past decade.

Sutton have yet to come out victors in theses previous five meetings – drawing just two games.

Earlier this season Ben Williamson was the difference between the two sides, the 1-0 victory was Eastleigh’s first of the season.

Previous Six Results:

08/08/17 Eastleigh 1-0 Sutton – National League
21/01/17 Sutton 1-1 Eastleigh – National League
24/09/16 Eastleigh 2-1 Sutton – National League
14/12/10 Sutton 0-4 Eastleigh – FA Trophy
11/12/10 Eastleigh 1-1 Sutton – FA Trophy

How to follow:

Can’t make the game? Follow us on Twitter, @EastleighFC for full match updates, or listen to live commentary on BBC Radio Solent.

Don’t forget to follow the club on all social media channels – eastleigh_football_club on Instagram and Eastleigh FC on Facebook.

Match Details:

Sutton v Eastleigh will be played at Gander Green Lane, with kick-off at 3:00 pm. Away travel information can be found here –
bit.ly/AwayGuideSutton