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Eastleigh register first win
4:16pm Monday 27th August 2012 in Sport
Eastleigh hold a distinct psychological advantage going into today’s tasty south coast derby at Havant & Waterlooville (3pm).
While Stuart Ritchie’s Havant suffered a 2-0 defeat at Bath City on Saturday, Ian Baird’s Spitfires came close to hitting full throttle in an impressive 3-0 dismantling of Weston - super-Mare at the Silverlake Stadium.
Having picked up just one point from their opening two Blue Square Bet South games, the pressure was on Eastleigh’s ‘big spenders’ to justify a pre-season title favourites tag.
They rose to the challenge superbly with Moses Ademola – a league win¬ ner with Woking last season – scoring twice before former Stevenage, Exeter and Crawley targetman Craig McAllister capped a convincing victo¬ ry with his second goal of the week.
“That was more like it, but the sta¬ tistics show we had 57 entries into the final third, so it’s a bit disappointing we didn’t score more,” said Baird. “Weston went 4-5-1 and tried to hit us on the break and, for the first 20 min¬ utes or so, we maybe overplayed a bit.
“But we scored at a good time and then got two quick goals at the start of the second half.”
*Non-League Bank Holiday round-up in tomorrow's Echo