City look to land the points at Eastleigh

PUBLISHED: 12:23 14 February 2011 | UPDATED: 14:06 14 February 2011

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Eastleigh v St Albans City

Monday, February 14, 2011

ST ALBANS City head to Hampshire tonight (Monday) looking to repeat the wins posted at Basingstoke and Havant & Waterlooville on their previous visits to the county.

ADDRESS: Silverlake Stadium, Stoneham Lane, Eastleigh, SO50 9HT

Tel: 023 8061 3361

THE LOWDOWN: Eastleigh are well placed to mount an assault on the play-offs finding themselves in seventh place and just a point from Bromley who currently occupy the final play-off spot.

Ian Baird’s side have two games in hand on the Lillywhites and are the division’s in-form side having picked up 13 points from their last six games, a record only bettered by Dartford (14).

Goals from Jamie Slabber and Anthony Riviere gave the Spitfires all three points at Basingstoke on Saturday to get the Hampshire side back on track after defeat to Chasetown in the FA Trophy and a draw at fellow play-off hopefuls Ebbsfleet United.

THE MANAGER: Ian Baird has held the manager’s position at the Silverlake Stadium since October 2007.

The former Hong Kong national team boss moved along the South Coast from fierce rivals Havant & Waterlooville and helped guide the club to sixth place in Conference South.

Baird followed that achievement by steering the Spitfires to their best ever league finish, third in 2008/09, but the season ended in disappointment as Hayes & Yeading prevailed in the clubs’ play-off clash.

THE SQUAD: Former Weymouth goalkeeper Jason Matthews is in possession of the club’s number one jersey having won his place back in the side after Gareth Barfoot was injured in the game at Clarence Park.

Tom Jordan, son of former Manchester United man Joe, captains the side from the heart of the defence alongside former Bath City man Chris Holland. Holland has experience of winning promotion from this division having helped Bath City to the Premier Division last season.

Luke Byles is the Spitfires’ first-choice left-back with Danny Smith likely to start on the right flank.

Peter Adeniyyi provides the muscle in midfield alongside the more creative Anthony Riviere. Riviere has been in good goalscoring form of late notching in the club’s last two outings.

Former Hampton speedster Shaun McAuley provides the width on the right while Richard Graham is renowned for his quality on the left flank.

Jamie Slabber is the club’s top scorer this season with 11 goals, including four in his last four games, and he is likely to be joined up front by Tony Taggart.

LAST TIME: Richard Graham’s first half strike was enough for Eastleigh to end City’s unbeaten start to 2011 when the two sides met at Clarence Park a mere three weeks ago.

The Saints’ last trip to Eastleigh also resulted in a 1-0 victory for the away side with Drew Roberts netting the all important winner.

REFEREE (subject to change): Mark Russell (Gloucestershire) assisted by E Hunt and M Halford.

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