Match report

Andy Hessenthaler remains unbeaten as Eastleigh manager as he drew his second game 1-1 against Torquay.

The visitors went ahead minutes into the second half, following a Jamie Read penalty before Cav Miley levelled for the Spitfires.

The result means Eastleigh move up to 17th, nine points clear of the relegation zone.

Any remaining Christmas cheer was drowned out in the opening five minutes as the heavens opened and The Silverlake experienced a mini typhoon.

The opening exchanges lacked any real quality as both sides took their time to get a handle on the conditions.

It wasn’t until the 13th minute that the first chance of the game was created. The ball fell to Chris Zebroski on the edge of the area, and he slapped a shot at goal – but it skipped off the surface and wide of the far post.

As the rain continued to pour down on, conditions became tricky but it was the Spitfires who were coping the best. On the half-hour mark, McCallum came close to putting Eastleigh ahead, but his towering header went crashing into the woodwork.

As the first half neared its close, the visitors grew into it, forcing Stack into a number of top draw saves – meaning it was all-level at the break.

Torquay came out firing in the second-half, and their early pressure was rewarded when they were awarded a penalty – Andrew Boyce was adjudged to have committed the foul. Despite Stack’s best efforts, Jamie Reid slotted the penalty home to put the visitors ahead.

In similar fashion to Saturday, Eastleigh responded in style, firstly Zebroski stung the palms of Vincent Dorel before Matthews also had a shot saved.

The game then took a different direction when George Dowling was sent for an early bath for his second yellow of the afternoon after a late challenge on Sam Wood.

With 20 minutes to go, The Spitfires levelled the score – the ball fell to Miley after Zebroski held it up well, and he slammed it home from 12 yards out.

As the time ticked towards the 90-minute mark Eastleigh continued to pile pressure on the Torquay goal but their defence stood strong and held out for the draw.

Season Stats

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