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Town make a second trip to Silverlake Stadium on Saturday to face an Eastleigh side who finished level on points with Simon Weaver’s side last season.

Having taken over from Andy Hessenthaler 12 months ago, Ben Strevens guided his team to a seventh place finish and within a penalty shoot out of reaching Wembley, losing out on spot kicks to eventually promoted Salford City after overcoming Wrexham at The Racecourse.

Town go into the fixture on the back of a ten-match unbeaten run that has left them just four points behind league leaders Bromley, the same distance they trailed top spot ahead of their last visit to Eastleigh, though promotion hopes were dented with a 2-1 defeat that day.

Highlights

Having lost key players in the Summer, most notably striker Paul McCallum, Strevens side sit 16th in the current standings with a nine point cushion to the relegation zone and five point gap to the Play-Off places, though a win could lift them as high as eighth this weekend.

Eastleigh’s home form has remained impressive this term, with the Spitfires losing just one of their last 12 matches at Silverlake, with only Notts County conceding less on home soil.

In attack, Danny Hollands and Tyrone Barnett have claimed seven and five goals respectively and will be looking to breach a Town defence that has kept the most clean sheets this season.

With Eastleigh suffering just one defeat last month and Town top of the form table winning seven of their last eight fixtures, both sides go into what should be a high quality encounter full of confidence.

Weaver will be without centre back Connor Hall who continues to recover from a groin injury and striker Jon Stead who serves the first of a four match suspension following Tuesday night’s red card.

Preview in association with LV Bet.