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Eastleigh: We’ve Met Before

Posted by Lewis Tomlinson
Posted on Thu 28 Feb 2019
Posted in First Team

A look back at previous games between Eastleigh and FC Halifax Town

27th October 2018

Halifax Town 0-1 Eastleigh

The reverse fixture earlier in the season was a disappointing day at the office for The Shaymen. Town’s defence held out for almost an hour against an in-form Eastleigh side, until Josh Hare, who joined the Spitfires in the summer from Maidstone United, headed home Mark Yeates’ free kick. Josh Staunton went closest for Town, firing a late chance over the bar, but the result that meant Halifax are still searching for their first win over Eastleigh in the club’s history.

27th October 2017

Halifax Town 3-3 Eastleigh

Last season’s fixture at The Shay saw a classic between the two sides; both of whom finished the game with 10 men. The away side went two goals up inside the first half, Bristol Rovers loanee Sam Matthews and veteran striker Chris Zebroski scoring for the visitors, before Scott McManus pulled one back for Town from the penalty spot. The Shaymen were the first side to be reduced to ten men when keeper Sam Johnson was shown a second yellow, and the task on their hands looked to be massive when former Shayman Simon Heslop scored a third for Eastleigh. However, with a quarter of an hour left to go, Ross Flitney became the second goalkeeper of the game to be given his marching orders. Tom Denton soon closed the deficit for Town, before a 90th minute strike from Hull loanee Dan Batty equalised for The Shaymen, giving an epic match a late twist in the tale.

4th December 2016

Eastleigh 3-3 Halifax Town

Town, a National League North side at the time, were drawn away to National League Eastleigh in the second round of the 2016/17 FA Cup. Halifax travelled to, and defeated, another higher league side in the first round when beating Dagenham & Redbridge but went behind early win Mikael Mandron struck for the Hampshire club. However, a ten-minute spell in the second half saw The Shaymen go from 1-0 down to 1-3 up; Jordan Sinnott, Scott Garner and Richard Peniket all scoring in succession to give Halifax a comfortable lead. However, the hosts weren’t done with yet, and Scott Wilson fired home to make it 2-3, before Mandron netted his second in stoppage to take the tie to a replay, which Eastleigh won 0-2; Wilson and Mandron the scorers once again. Nevertheless, a second-round replay remains the furthest a Shaymen side have made it in the FA Cup since reformation.

11th October 2014

Eastleigh 4-1 Halifax Town

The first meeting between the clubs took place at the Silverlake Stadium in 2014, following Eastleigh’s promotion from the National League South. The first goal in any fixture between the clubs was scored by Scott Boden, who converted from the penalty spot to put Town ahead. However, Eastleigh soon asserted dominance, with Jai Reason, Matt Green, Stuart Fleetwood and their current gaffer Ben Strevens all scoring in a convincing win for the Spitfires.

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