Away-day gloom continues for Eastleigh

Eastleigh scorer Damian Scannell

Eastleigh scorer Damian Scannell

First published in Eastleigh FC

EASTLEIGH’S poor away form continued as they were beaten 2-1 by Sutton United in the Blue Square Bet South..

The Spitfires brought in recently signed goalkeeper Ross Flitney at the expense of Jack Dovey, the only change to their starting line-up.

Early on James Folkes had a shot blocked for the home team and ex-Spitfire Marvin Williams put in a cross that no one could get a decisive touch to.

Eastleigh fell behind in the 41st minute when a penalty was awarded for handball and Sam Rents converted.

Eastleigh went close a couple of times in the latter stages of the half - notably a Chris Todd header from a corner.

Sutton had to defend deeply for long periods of the second half, but the Spitfires could not force a breakthrough.

Substitute Dale Binns went closest with a header tipped over the bar and Eastleigh also had a strong penalty appeal turned down.

Sutton made it 2-0 eight minutes from time when Craig Dundas converted a corner.

Shortly afterwards the Us' James Stuart received a second yellow card and, earlier, Eastleigh manager Richard Hill had been sent to the stands.

In time added on Damian Scannell scored a consolation goal for Eastleigh, but it was too late to rescue a point.

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