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Eastleigh Preview

After an unbeaten debut month in the National League in which Town picked up 13 points, Simon Weaver’s men will be looking to carry on their impressive form into September.

In The first challenge of the month, Town welcome 14th placed Eastleigh to The CNG Stadium, who have picked up wins against Barnet, Bromley and Dover in their opening seven games, but have fallen to defeat in the rest of their fixtures.



Having just shown a solid performance in front of BT sport cameras at AFC Fylde, Town will be keen to put on another top performance in the game against Eastleigh.

Weaver will be pleased that his side kept another clean sheet in the game at Mill Farm, with another impressive performance from stopper James Belshaw and Man of the Match Kelvin Langmead.

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Town will be without central midfield pairing Jack Emmett and Josh Falkingham for the tie, though Mark Beck will again be involved following his return from injury.

Eastleigh Football Club, founded in 1946, play their football at the Ten Acres Stadium and were promoted to the National League in 2014, having been in the Conference South since 2005.

In their debut season, The Spitfires finished fourth, but Play-Off success proved a step too far what would’ve been a dream debut season.

Eastleigh finished 14th in the 2017/18 season and are managed by Andy Hessenthaler, who began his career in non-league football before turning professional with Watford.

Eastleigh Striker Paul McCallum already has four goals in seven games this season, making him one of the players to watch in the early stages of the season.

Elsewhere, winger Mark Yeates, who has a wealth of experience across the footballing ladder, was an ever-present last season, scoring five goals in 45 appearances.  

Preview by Isaac Martin