Fleet will be hoping for a repeat of 2010/11 when they visit Eastleigh this evening with one eye on finally moving inside the top seven. That year (like this), a 2-2 draw with the Spitfires was achieved at home before promotion-bound Fleet beat Eastleigh 3-0 on their own patch in April and consolidated a play-off place.
Andy Hessenthaler’s side may have little left to play for but they will be seeking a win against the Fleet at the third time of asking after the aforementioned draw in the league plus a late FA Trophy defeat.
Another positive result for the visitors could – other results depending – take Daryl McMahon’s side into the top seven, a position we haven’t occupied since week two of the season.
After a gritty win at Barrow, more of the same will be needed at the Silverlake Stadium where an inconsistent Eastleigh can clearly turn in performances on their day. They have beaten Dover and Hartlepool on home soil in 2018 and, although they’ve only won two of their last 12 matches, Fleet will need to be wary of the sort of form that saw them go nine games unbeaten after Hessenthaler took over first-team duties.
One man they won’t have to worry about is James Constable who has departed for Poole Town on loan, but Chris Zebroski and Paul McCallum have 17 goals between them this season and behind them Mark Yeates and Bournemouth loanee Sam Matthews are capable of dictating midfield.
Fleet fans are likely to travel in good numbers once more for a Tuesday night game. The car park at the Silverlake has capacity for 100 cars – on a first come, first served basis. Car parking spaces are available for £5 per vehicle. Admission is £15 for adults, £10 for concessions and £5 for under 18s and the club’s Hangar bar is open to all supporters (home and away) before the game and shuts ten minutes before kick-off.