20 November 2012

Eastleigh expects as Spitfires host Tigers

by Robert Butler

RICHARD HILL’S Eastleigh will climb to fourth place in the Blue Square South if they overcome basement boys Truro City at the Silverlake Stadium.

The Spitfires have won their last five home matches, and will see themselves as red-hot favourites to overcome cash-strapped Truro. The Cornish side have lost their previous five away encounters including a 8-0 romping by Maidenhead and a heavy 4-1 defeat to Farnborough.

The sides were originally due to meet in October but off the field problems, including a winding up order, meant the fixture had to be postponed.

The White Tigers narrowly avoided extinction when a joint bid from two local businessmen was finally accepted hours after news broke of City’s expulsion from The Football Conference.

That decision was reversed and now the club, joint owned by local taxi-firm and nightclub owners, can now carry on their season and begin a long rebuilding process.

A sign of the close bond the fans share

Despite Hill’s men being unbeatable at home the Spitfires have consistently stalled away from Fortress Silverlake.

The side tipped for promotion were defeated 1-0 defeat by relegation threatened Hornchurch Saturday, in the latest of substandard away performances.

Like their hosts Truro also come into the game on the back of an away defeat. City made the 600 mile round trip to Eastbourne and were defeated 1-0, just like Eastleigh were three weeks ago.

Neither side have any suspension issues to deal with and Truro have confirmed their squad will be the same as Saturday’s; Luke McCormick, Cairon Hall, Jake Ash, Lee Hodges, Ben Williams, Joe Broad, Marcus Martin, Cody Cooke, Les Afful, Andy Watkins, Kieffer Moore, Bobby Hopkinson, Danny Carne

Eastleigh FC V Truro City, The Silverlake Stadium, Tuesday 20th November 7.45 PM

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