On Tuesday evening Eastleigh bowed out of this year’s Hampshire Senior Cup, following a 2-0 defeat at home to AFC Bournemouth.

Despite the defeat on a rather damp evening at The Silverlake, Spitfire boss Andy Hessenthaler believed there were a number of positives to take out of the game.

“The game had a purpose and that was to get players, that hadn’t been playing minutes”Andy Hessenthaler

“I wasn’t worried about the result but in terms of the personnel we had out on the pitch I still think we respected the Hampshire Senior Cup,” said Hessenthaler.

“From a personal point of view the game had a purpose and that was to get players, that hadn’t been playing minutes.

“To have James Constable out there, who was outstanding and to get Cressy (Ryan Cresswell) through 90 minutes was massively important.

“We also managed to get Ryan Broom, Harvey Read and Frazer Shaw 90 minutes along with Mark Childs who had been out for an awfully long time.”

Despite seeing a number of first-teamers return to the starting 11, it was the young talent on show that impressed Hessenthaler.

“The biggest positive for myself was having four under 18’s out on the pitch, plus a 16 year-old at right-back.”

“I thought Matt Simm, who is only 16 and who was playing against a tricky little left-winger and a left-back who has played international football, was excellent for us.”

A full report on Tuesday night’s fixture can be found here.

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