Match Preview: Eastleigh v Macclesfield Town

Sir John takes his heroic squad down to Eastleigh tomorrow, knowing that victory will clinch the National League title.

After an inspirational season on so many levels, we head on the road for the last time standing together as one – just like we have done on the previous twenty two occasions.

These are the days which we will cherish forever and as such, there is sure to be an army of blue and white clad supporters willing the team on as they bid to write another phenomenal chapter in our club’s illustrious history.

This team unquestionably deserve to be champions, they have defied all the odds since day one and now we unite once more as we bid to claim what is rightfully ours.

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“For me, there’s no sleepless nights because I trust the players”.  (Pic courtesy of Chelsie Wilson).

Speaking to The Star Lane End yesterday, Sir John was calmness personified as he bids to mastermind the final piece of this miraculous jigsaw.

You can hear the interview in full below –

Ryan Lloyd and Elliott Durrell will both be made to sweat on their availability for the game, but apart from this John should be able to boast a full strength line up for the clash.

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Elliott Durrell takes on the Eastleigh defence back in November (Pic courtesy of Chelsie Wilson)

Eastleigh are currently 16th in the National League table, having accumulated 53 points from their 44 games played.

They come into the game on the back of a 1 – 0 home reversal against Ebbsfleet United on Tuesday evening, in a match which propelled the visitors into the play-off places.

In an entertaining game at Ten Acres, the hosts were denied the lead by a string of fine saves from Nathan Ashmore – which included a Paul McCallum penalty.

The Fleet secured maximum points eight minutes from time, when Kenny Clarke rose highest to head Jonathan Powell’s corner into the corner of the net.

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The Spitfires have entertained their home faithful on twenty two previous occasions this season – winning six, drawing eleven and losing five of these.

Prior to last Tuesday, Andy Hessenthaler’s side boasted a record of just one home league defeat in eleven game and as such, they will pose a very real threat to our promotion credentials come Saturday lunchtime.

Assistant Manager Ben Strevens paid tribute to Sir John’s side this season as he spoke to the Southern Daily Echo, but reiterated his desire not to see the title being clinched at the weekend –

Macclesfield are coming here to win the league and they’ve done brilliant this season.

With the greatest respect, I think they’ve maybe overachieved for what people thought would be the top team in the league.

I hope they win it further down the line, but I don’t want them celebrating on our pitch.

It’ll be a tough game, with an early kick-off in front of the cameras, but a good one for the boys to play in.”

Ben Strevens. Speaking to the Southern Daily Echo.

The Silkmen have visited Eastleigh on three previous occasions and you can read up on all of these here

Full ticket news for the game can be found here

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