Spitfires boss Hill thanks Saints for their help

Richard Hill

Richard Hill

First published in Eastleigh FC Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Sports Reporter

Eastleigh manager Richard Hill has thanked Saints for their help during the wet spell.

The Spitfires are hoping to play their first game for three weeks against Havant & Waterlooville tomorrow.

But at least they have been able to train in that time thanks to their relationship with their Premier League neighbours.

Manager Richard Hill said: “Last week we were unable to use our 3G pitch so I rang [Saints Under 21 manager] Martin Hunter and he allowed us to use their artificial surface, which was a fantastic gesture.

Southampton were very welcoming, we were able to use their facilities for a couple of hours which was a big help to us.”

Hill is now hoping Eastleigh get to play against Lee Bradbury’s Hawks – his first local derby as manager of the Spitfires. Former Havant & Waterlooville striker Richard Pacquette is in contention for his Eastleigh debut after signing earlier this month.

Hill said: “This is a well-known non-league derby and although it’s my first with Eastleigh I know what to expect having experienced Northampton v Peterborough, Wycombe v Brentford and Gillingham v Millwall – the ‘A2 derby’ – with my previous clubs.

“For the people involved it will be just as important as Liverpool v Everton and the Manchester derby.

Read the rest of this story and more non-league football in today's Daily Echo

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