Ben Wright's winner secures Eastleigh a win over Aldershot Town in Vanarama Conference Premier

Ben Wright scores the injury time winner. Picture courtesy TSW Photography

Ben Wright scores the injury time winner. Picture courtesy TSW Photography

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BEN Wright scored a 94th minute winner as Eastleigh won their first ever home game in the Vanarama Conference Premier 1-0 against Aldershot Town at the Silverlake Stadium last night.

Daily Echo:

Playing in front of television cameras – another first – a bumper 1,914 crowd watched what looked to be a very entertaining 0-0 draw, but with the last kick of the game Wright, who scored a series of vital goals as the Spitfires were crowned champions of the Conference South last term, popped up at the back-post to knock home a Michael Green corner.

Spitfires boss Richard Hill made two changes for the Aldershot match.

Former Shots captain Craig Stanley, who picked up a heel injury against Nuneaton Town in the opening game, didn’t recover in time and was replaced by Will Evans in midfield.

The other change saw Yemi Odubade come in for Stuart Fleetwood, who dropped to the bench but came on at half-time for Evans to give Eastleigh an extremely attacking complexion, with five attackers on duty.

There was a return to the Silverlake Stadium for Brett Williams, who made a smattering of appearances during two spells at Eastleigh.

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The 26-year-old (above), who came through the Spitfires’ youth ranks, was dangerous on more than one occasion. He fired a powerful shot at Ross Flitney, while in the first-half pinged a longrange effort just wide and was almost gifted space in the box but for Dan Spence’s last ditch tackle.

Daily Echo:

It was a bitty start to the game with neither side nailing any consistent possession down. Experienced midfielder Ben Strevens (above) orchestrated Eastleigh’s surges forward – playing in Michael Green and Yemi Odubade.

Odubade proved increasingly dangerous as he battled with left back Chris Barker. The attacker used his pace to get past Barker before playing back to Spence, who fired a low cross into the Shots area. It skimmed past several defenders before being cleared.

On 15 minutes, Evans played an outstanding chip over the away side’s backline. Again it was Odubade who curled in an inviting cross that James Constable couldn’t reach.

Just past 30 minutes Constable – searching for his first Spitfires goal – saw an ambitious overhead-kick loop wide of the right post. He repeated the trick after the break with a similar outcome.

The battle of the first half was definitely Odubade v Barker and, while Eastleigh had more penetration, Aldershot had long spells of possession that saw no end product. Shots’ best chance fell to Jordan Roberts, who stabbed just wide from a teasing Jaydon Gibbs cross.

After the restart Odubade continued his first-half exploits by whipping in a superb cross to Constable, whose powered header went over the bar.

Following a quiet spell the game sprung into action on the hour mark.

Daily Echo:

Reason squeezed a cross in that found Midson but his poke at goal came off the crossbar.

The ball went straight to the other end as Josh Scott, who scored in the away side’s 3-1 win against Altrincham, controlled, turned and shot narrowly wide from the left of the box. In the closing stages Spence knocked a long ball up to substitute Craig McAllister, who nodded down to Constable, who couldn’t convert.

Then, in the dying embers of the match, Wright popped up with the vital goal.

Green whipped in a corner that evaded the defenders. It bounced once and the striker pounced to score the all-important winner.

Eastleigh (4-2-3-1): Ross Flitney; Dan Spence, Dean Beckwith (c), Paul Reid, Mike Green; Will Evans (Stuart Fleetwood 45) , Ben Strevens; Yemi Odubade (Craig McAllister 72), Jai Reason, Jack Midson ( Ben Wright 86); James Constable. Unused subs: Chris Todd, Lewis Noice.

Aldershot Town: (4-4-2): Phil Smith; Jaydon Gibbs, Joe Oastler, Glenn Wilson (c), Chris Baker; Mark Molesley ( Sam Hatton 74), Kieron Forbes, Damon Lathrope, Jordan Roberts (Joe N’Guessan 90j3+1); Brett Williams (Dan Fitchett 90), Josh Scott. Unused subs: Dan Thomas, Anthony Tonkin.

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7:43am Fri 15 Aug 14

SPIKEISLANDTRADER says...

Excellent result
Excellent result SPIKEISLANDTRADER
  • Score: 7

7:45am Fri 15 Aug 14

Ozmosis says...

Great result. I saw the platforms go up for the cameras earlier in the week, but was this shown on Sky?
Great result. I saw the platforms go up for the cameras earlier in the week, but was this shown on Sky? Ozmosis
  • Score: 6

7:52am Fri 15 Aug 14

sarfhamton says...

Ozmosis wrote:
Great result. I saw the platforms go up for the cameras earlier in the week, but was this shown on Sky?
BT Sport
[quote][p][bold]Ozmosis[/bold] wrote: Great result. I saw the platforms go up for the cameras earlier in the week, but was this shown on Sky?[/p][/quote]BT Sport sarfhamton
  • Score: 6

9:22am Fri 15 Aug 14

Gravamen says...

Not a bad game, but I made the mistake of taking the car - a mistake I won't repeat. There were probably a thousand of the damned things, for the crowd of 1900, so a Silverstone type heave at the final whistle was inevitable. Wishing to miss this, I left 10 mins before the end - so missing the late 'goal'. Next visit it will be Eastleigh Rail and a schlep.
Not a bad game, but I made the mistake of taking the car - a mistake I won't repeat. There were probably a thousand of the damned things, for the crowd of 1900, so a Silverstone type heave at the final whistle was inevitable. Wishing to miss this, I left 10 mins before the end - so missing the late 'goal'. Next visit it will be Eastleigh Rail and a schlep. Gravamen
  • Score: 4

10:04am Fri 15 Aug 14

malcher says...

Gravamen wrote:
Not a bad game, but I made the mistake of taking the car - a mistake I won't repeat. There were probably a thousand of the damned things, for the crowd of 1900, so a Silverstone type heave at the final whistle was inevitable. Wishing to miss this, I left 10 mins before the end - so missing the late 'goal'. Next visit it will be Eastleigh Rail and a schlep.
Not too much of a schlep from Parkway statio!
[quote][p][bold]Gravamen[/bold] wrote: Not a bad game, but I made the mistake of taking the car - a mistake I won't repeat. There were probably a thousand of the damned things, for the crowd of 1900, so a Silverstone type heave at the final whistle was inevitable. Wishing to miss this, I left 10 mins before the end - so missing the late 'goal'. Next visit it will be Eastleigh Rail and a schlep.[/p][/quote]Not too much of a schlep from Parkway statio! malcher
  • Score: 5

10:26am Fri 15 Aug 14

saintsfan76 says...

Well done Eastleigh. Saw the goal from a set piece corner. A perfect start to life in the conference. And they can boast that they will have been shown more times that their premiership neighbours on BT Sport before the end of November who dont have a single live match scheduled between now and then.
Well done Eastleigh. Saw the goal from a set piece corner. A perfect start to life in the conference. And they can boast that they will have been shown more times that their premiership neighbours on BT Sport before the end of November who dont have a single live match scheduled between now and then. saintsfan76
  • Score: 5

12:00pm Fri 15 Aug 14

owenmahamilton says...

I was surprised to hear that they only got £7,000 for being on TV, I'd have thought it was more than that.
I was surprised to hear that they only got £7,000 for being on TV, I'd have thought it was more than that. owenmahamilton
  • Score: 3

12:39pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Crazywolf says...

I'm sure it was a good game, but they need to sort out traffic and parking before the next big game, it was dreadful and caused local chaos.
I'm sure it was a good game, but they need to sort out traffic and parking before the next big game, it was dreadful and caused local chaos. Crazywolf
  • Score: 0

1:16pm Fri 15 Aug 14

dangleballs says...

Pompey next season!!! Lets have it!
Pompey next season!!! Lets have it! dangleballs
  • Score: 7

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