George discusses the Spitfires ahead of the NL game
I joined the media team at the start of last season as a part of my work placement at University.
Highlight of the season would have to be the 5-2 win over Maidstone for the pure entertainment factor.
Eastleigh’s form has been fantastic, especially since their 4-0 win over Dorking at the turn of the year. Home has been a fortress, going undefeated in their last 6 games at the Silverlake Stadium.
I’d back Eastleigh to make the top 7, but injuries will always play a big part in the run in at the end of the season, something which has effected Eastleigh in recent weeks.
Lee Bradbury has played a big part this season in turning Eastleigh from a team languishing in the lower reaches of the National League table to one vying for a spot in the play offs.
The line up for Friday could really be anything, because we have 3 games in the space of 5 days, so I do expect a few players to be rested/rotated in each of those games.
Danny Whitehall. Top goalscorer who always pops up with a crucial goal. Can score all types of goals from a tap-in/poachers finish to long-range Puskas award worthy strikes. Charlie Carter – Capable of playing in the midfield or the attack, Carter has been a key attacking player for the Spitfires since joining in the summer, scoring 7 goals and providing 7 assists. Vincent Harper – Harper was Eastleigh’s representative in the England C squad that beat Cymru C 1-0, picking up S4C’s MOTM in the process.
With it being a Friday game I’m not sure how many fans will make the trip to Torquay. Eastleigh don’t take masses of fans to away games, but the away support was very strong for their last game against Boreham Wood.
The opposition team that has impressed me the most (ignoring the obvious two) are Barnet, who have done the double over us this season with an aggregate score of 5-1. The player who has impressed me the most (again ignoring the two obvious goal-scorers) has to be Ruben Rodrigues. He flies under the radar because of Macauley Langstaff, but his quality caused Eastleigh problems, scoring 3 across the two games.
Goals and Eastleigh games don’t necessarily go hand in hand when you look back at previous score-lines this season, so I’m going to go for a 1-0 win, Danny Whitehall to get the goal. And to add to the prediction It’ll be from outside of the box.
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