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Report: Eastleigh 0-3 Blues

9 July 2013

Goals from Dean Morgan, Matt Spring and Jon-Paul Pittman ensured the Wanderers made it two wins from two in pre-season as they comfortably beat Eastleigh 3-0.

New signing Tommy Fletcher was in from the start and he formed a youthful centre-back partnership with Kortney Hause.

Hause was involved early on and he set Morgan through on goal in the fourth minute with a pin-point pass out of the defence. The forward did well to chest the ball into his own path before being brought down by Ross Flitney after rounding the keeper.

Morgan dusted himself down and made no mistake from the spot, firing high to Flitney’s right.

Yemi Odubade called Matt Ingram into action in the 10th minute, but Blues’ keeper made a comfortable stop at his near post.

Junior Morias forced Flitney into a smart save low to his left in the 15th minute after being found by Stuart Lewis and firing powerfully towards goal from the edge of the area.

Blues looked lively in attack and Morias did well to meet Kretzschmar’s low cross in the 25th minute, but his diving header was off target.

Kretzschmar was then narrowly off target himself as he fired over after collecting Lewis’ lofted through ball.

Ainsworth’s side saw a lot of the ball as the half wore on and Cowan-Hall was denied by Flitney five minutes from the break after an intricate passing move involving Morias, before Morgan’s attempted chip was comfortably claimed.

Morias came close to adding a spectacular second three minutes later when he collected the ball on the edge of the area and fired in an effort on the turn, however, Flitney was again equal to it and parried away to safety.

Ainsworth made seven changes at the break with Marvin McCoy, Charles Dunne, Anthony Stewart, Jesse Kewley-Graham, Matt Spring, Jon-Paul Pittman and Jo Kuffour coming on.

Wanderers were quick out of the traps in the second half and doubled their advantage inside 60 seconds when Spring was played in on goal and he kept his cool to fire low past substitute keeper Jack Dovey.

McCoy picked out Pittman in the 65th minute, but the striker’s header was turned away by Dovey before hitting an offside Kretzschmar and rebounding back off the crossbar.

Pittman added a third 11 minutes from time, stabbing in from close-range after Kuffour had done exceptionally well to keep the ball in near the byline before crossing for his strike partner.

Horlock saved well from Jack Ross after Glen Southam had played the striker in as the Blues went on to preserve their second successive clean sheet.


First half: Ingram, Arnold, Trialist, Hause, Fletcher, Cowan-Hall, Kretzschmar, Lewis (c), Wood, Morgan, Morias.

Second half: Ingram (c) (Horlock 60), McCoy, Dunne, Trialist, Stewart, Morias, Kewley-Graham, Spring, Kretzschmar, Pittman, Kuffour.

Subs used: Dovey (gk), Southam, McAllister, Reason, Wilson, Rose, Ross, Gray, Robinson, Fountain.
Eastleigh: Flitney, Spence, Green, Evans, Beckwith (c), Todd, Scannell, Collins, Odubade, Strevens, Smith.

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