TOMORROW'S big free-entry game between Eastleigh and Macclesfield Town is hanging in the balance.

With temperatures due to plummet again tonight and a thick fog still enveloping the area, the Spitfires will hold an 8.45 pitch inspection tomorrow morning.

An early decision is needed prior to Macclesfield setting off on a 400-mile round trip south.

A club statement issued this afternoon said: “The Silverlake has seen a week of constant sub-zero temperatures with tomorrow’s forecast looking the same. A decision has been made at the earliest point to call the inspection.”

In the unlikely event that the game gets the go-ahead, Spitfires boss Martin Allen will ring the changes following Saturday’s 1-1 National League draw on Sutton United’s 3G pitch.

He said: “It’s not easy to play on these (3G) pitches, physically as well as mentally. Some of the lads who haven’t played will come in and we’ll freshen it up.”

On chairman Stewart Donald’s gesture of, once again, throwing the Silverlake doors open to fans free of charge, Allen added: “It’s a fantastic move by the chairman, after an expensive Christmas, to give people a free ticket.”