EASTLEIGH assistant manager Andy Hessenthaler has challenged the Spitfires to do a Maidstone United.

The Spitfires conceded two equalisers as they drew their fifth game in six against promoted AFC Fylde at the Silverlak e on Saturday.

Maidstone, meanwhile , followed Tuesday’s win at Eastleigh with a third successive victory, 4-1 at Macclesfield, after two more goals for Zavon Hines.

A fifth win in seven games has lifted the Kent club to seventh, one of six clubs just two points behind leaders Aldershot.

Eastleigh are a further five points off the pace after dropping two more against last year’s Conference North champions .

Hessenthaler said: “We need back-to-back wins .

Maidstone have won three on the bounce and look where they are all of a sudden.

“A draw was a fair reflection of the game against a decent side .

But it’s frustrating for us because it’s another draw - we need to start  turning them into wins.”

Reda Johnson headed the Spitfires into a 27th-minute lead, only to see it cancelled out in first-half injury-time when Henry Jones reacted quickest to Graham Stack’s save from the dangerous Danny Rowe.

Gary McSheffrey’ s first Eastleigh goal from a magnificent Mark Yeates pass restored the Spitfires’ lead in the 55th minute .

But Fylde defender Jordan Tunnicliffe hit a second equaliser on the hour when Eastleigh failed to clear their lines .

Both sides also hit the woodwork during an entertaining second-half in front of a season ’s best crowd of 3,312.

Johnson headed against the bar after Rowe had thumped a 35-yarder against Stack’ s right-hand upright.

“We didn ’t settle quick enough, maybe due to a few nerves after the midweek defeat, but we grew into it and pretty much dominated against a good football team,” continued Hessenthaler.

“They pass the ball well and caused us problems . The kick in the teeth was the goal just before half-time. We have to defend better than that.

“But one thing we didn’t do was drop our heads . We had good spells in the second half and both sides rode their luck.

“Again we’re a little disappointed and frustrated but showed good character.”

Eastleigh lost defender Andrew Boyce to a groin injury midway through the second half, but top scorer Ben Williamson came on and is likely to feature in tomorrow’s Hampshire FA Senior Cup tie against Aldershot (7.45pm) after recovering from a hamstring injury .

“It’ s a blow if Boycey’ s injury is a bad one , he couldn’t run in the end,”

continued Hessenthaler, whose men are still without Paul McCallum, Gavin Hoyte and captain Sam Togwell.

Eastleigh: Graham Stack, Callum Howe (c) Andrew Boyce (Sam Wood, 64), Reda Johnson, Michael Green, Danny Hollands, Sam Matthews (Craig McAllister, 75), Cavaghn Miley, Mark Yeates, Gary McSheffrey (Ben Williamson 82), Chris Zebroski. Subs (not used): James Constable, Ayo Obileye.