Saints heading south looking to shoot down Spitfires

PUBLISHED: 10:06 08 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:51 06 May 2010

Eastleigh v St Albans City Blue Square South – January 10 Silverlake Stadium (Kick off 3pm) THE SAINTS are on the road once again this weekend, heading to the South Coast for a difficult game at in-form Eastleigh. The Spitfires currently occupy a play-off

Eastleigh v St Albans City

Blue Square South - January 10 Silverlake Stadium (Kick off 3pm)

THE SAINTS are on the road once again this weekend, heading to the South Coast for a difficult game at in-form Eastleigh.

The Spitfires currently occupy a play-off position but St Albans have never lost at the Silverlake Stadium.

l Last Meeting - The sides last met in August with St Albans racking up their biggest win of the season. Simon Martin, Paul Hakim, Ben Martin, Hassan Sulaiman and Gary Cohen all scored to give the Saints a whopping 5-0 win, their first three points of the current campaign.

l Form - Since Eastleigh's visit to Clarence Park, they have surged up the table, winning five games in a row during November and December to establish themselves in the promotion-chasing pack. Their recent form hasn't been quite so good, winning just once in their last three outings, including a 1-0 defeat at lowly Basingstoke on Boxing Day. Despite this, Eastleigh sit in third place, nine points behind leaders Chelmsford and with a game in hand.

l Players to watch - At the heart of the Spitfires defence is Tom Jordan, son of Scotland international and current Tottenham coach Joe. Jordan joined Eastleigh from local rivals Havant & Waterlooville and the 6ft 5in centre half will be looking to keep Paul Hakim and Co. away from the Spitfires goal.

Talented midfielder Anthony Riviere has missed just one game for Eastleigh this year, and has the ability to unlock the City defence with a precise pass. Riviere also chips in with his fair share of goals, netting five so far this season. James Fisher will have to continue his recent good form to ensure that the midfield playmaker doesn't dominate in midfield.

Leading the goalscoring charts for the Spitfires is Matt Groves, who has six strikes to his name. Groves, who played nearly 400 games for Dorchester, will have to be watched carefully by the City defence if they are to return to Clarence Park with the points.

l Team News - Gary Cohen begins his three-game suspension, with Simon Martin the obvious choice to deputise, but apart from that boss Steve Castle is unlikely to make changes to the side that drew with Hampton & Richmond on New Year's Day.

Eastleigh have been rocked by an Achilles injury picked up by Andy Forbes whilst out exercising last weekend, which is likely to rule the influential striker out for the rest of the season.


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