Match report

Eastleigh suffered their second defeat in the space of five days, after losing 2-0 away to Gateshead.

A goal either side of half-time gave the home side a comfortable victory, but Eastleigh were not without their chances.

The Spitfires started brightly – nice link-up play between Eastleigh’s front two, put Chris Zebroski in, but James Montgomery pulled off a comfortable save.

The frantic opening continued, both sides had clear-cut opportunities in the opening ten minutes through Danny Johnson and Mark Yeates respectively, but neither could convert.

As the first half matured the game settled into a rhythm of, Gateshead attack, Eastleigh counter-attack, the only problem was that the game became broken up with a number of petty fouls from both sides.

With ten minutes of the first half remaining Ross Flitney was forced into his first real save of the game – Russell Pen pinged a ball back from the byline, but Johnson couldn’t divert his header pass Flitney.

Eastleigh responded in style, Ryan Broom flicked on a long ball into the feet of Williamson, but the Eastleigh forward could only find the hands of Montgomery.

As many of the 612 fans headed to the concourse for half-time refreshments, Gateshead played a long ball from the back which split the Eastleigh defence, only to find Johnson who slotted the ball past Flitney.

Gateshead started the second half strongly and were rewarded – Jordan Preston whipped in a cross, the ball bounced off Jordan Burrow which subsequently looped over Flitney.

With the Spitfires two goals behind Andy Hessenthaler called for the cavalry, Sam Matthews and Paul McCallum came on and had an instant impact.

The duo, along with Yeates linked up and helped to create a goalmouth scramble, but Williamson could only find the hands of Montgomery from five-yards-out.

Yeates continued to be a threat down the left for Eastleigh, and with ten minutes left he cut inside, curling a shot just wide of Montgomery’s goal.

In the end, and despite their best efforts, the Spitfires came away with nothing – they will look to redeem themselves at home to Ebbsfleet, on Tuesday.

Season Stats

Top Scorers
Ben Williamson 9
Paul McCallum 5
Cavaghn Miley 5
Mark Yeates4
Chris Zebroski4