Match Reports

Trojans RFC 14-13 Eastleigh
22nd Apr 2017

Eastleigh lost a thrilling Hampshire Bowl Final away at local rivals Trojans, missing out on silverware to accompany league promotion.

Eastleigh started strongly from the kick-off but were unable to put together any significant opportunities as the last pass was dropped, or snuffed out by dogged defence.

Trojans opened the scoring as a high kick was sent downfield. The bounce of the ball favoured the on rushing Trojans winger, who was able to gather and dot down to score. The extra 2 was converted to put the home side in the lead at 7-0.

Eastleigh were awarded a penalty for an infringement at the breakdown, and Captain Paul Fudio elected for the kick at goal. Phil Baldwin duly converted to get the visitors on the board at 7-3.

A great break downfield from James Boyce, following slick hands in the backline, pushed Eastleigh close to the Trojans' line. The ball was recycled quickly left and Cam Steele was able to run in unopposed to score in the corner. The conversion was missed, but Eastleigh were in the lead at 7-8.

Eastleigh secured the catch from the kick-off and made a neat break downfield, however the last pass was knocked on and with advantage being played, the Trojans players ran well at broken defence. Poor tackling gave the home side the opportunity they needed to power over to score their 2nd try. The conversion was scored to put the home side back in the lead at 14-8 and bring about the half time whistle.

Eastleigh pushed hard to produce the score they needed to overturn the deficit, but again opportunities were squandered due to dropped passes and frantic offloads.

Trojans made a break down the right wing, and with an overlap created, the last pass was thrown inside for the centre to run over the line. As the Trojans player celebrated his impending score, Matt Blackman produced a world class cover tackle to force the Trojans player to drop the ball, and saved Eastleigh going further behind.

As the game progressed, holes were beginning to open in the defensive line. Phil Baldwin spotted a gap and darted through to run deep downfield. He pulled the defence left before cutting in right to throw a long pass to Jack Berry. Berry ran hard for the line and dove over in the right corner to score Eastleigh's 2nd try. The conversion was missed to leave the score 14-13.

With the minutes ticking away, Eastleigh were getting closer and closer to the opposition line. An infringement at the breakdown gave Eastleigh the penalty, however the shot at goal drifted just wide.

Trojans kept possession well in the closing seconds, and with time up, the ball was kicked off the pitch to bring about the final whistle with the final score 14-13 to the home side.

Eastleigh were disappointed with the way they played as a number of scoring opportunities went begging, but will be pleased with the outcome of a long season that has secured promotion to London 2 South West for the 2017/18 season.

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Eastleigh 59-0 Bognor RFC
8th Apr 2017

Eastleigh finished the league season in style with a 59 point demolition of relegated Bognor at Bishopstoke Road.

Glorious sunshine set the tone for running rugby, and the home support were treated to a feast of tries. The 1st scored by Will Rigelsford, who following a number of phases near the Bognor line, dummied the flat footed defence and darted over the line to dot down. The conversion was added by Phil Baldwin to give Eastleigh and early 7-0 lead.

Straight from the kick-off Eastleigh were back deep in the Bognor half. Great running lines pounded the visiting defence, until Jack Berry scythed through a gap to score Eastleigh's 2nd try. Phil Baldwin duly converted to add the extra 2.

Eastleigh were enjoying a wealth of possession, and kicked for the corner following a penalty awarded for an infringement at the breakdown. The driving maul from the line out stopped just short of the line, and Adam Kidd was able to pick the ball and power over the line for the 3rd try. Again Phil Baldwin converted to bring up an early 21-0 lead.

Eastleigh brought up the bonus point for the 4th try when the ball found its way to Rob Sutherland from the base of the ruck, to crash over for the score. Phil Baldwin added the extra 2 to extend Eastleigh's half-time lead to 28-0.

The 2nd half started much the same as the first with Eastleigh's relentless attack pinning Bognor back. Eastleigh opted for an attacking line out from the penalty, and drove for the line. The maul gathered pace and Stu Mason was able to dive over the line for the home side's 5th try. The conversion was missed to leave the score 33-0.

Eastleigh's 6th try was the best of the bunch and was scored directly from the kick-off. Phil Baldwin caught the ball from the kick-off and set off on a mazy run right, offloading to Sam Prout who raced down the right wing, offloading inside to Pete Noonan. Noonan passed inside to Adam Kidd, who threw a wide pass left to Rob Sutherland in space, who drew the last defender and passed to Will Todd to run unopposed for the score. The score was converted by Phil Baldwin to extend the lead to 40-0.

With another attacking line out deep in the visitors' half, Eastleigh carried out a training ground move to suck in the opposition defence, and the well timed pass found Matt Blackman in space to run in for the 7th try. Phil Baldwin added the extras to increase the lead to 47-0.

Eastleigh brought up the 8th try and half century following great interplay down the right wing, that left Paul Fudio with a foot race to the line to dive over for the score. Phil Baldwin converted to extend the lead to 54-0.

Eastleigh found themselves reduced to 14 men when Charlie Laing was shown a yellow card for repeated infringements at the breakdown, and shortly after injuries meant Eastleigh were reduced to 13 for the remainder of the game as no replacement could be provided.

Despite only having 13 players on the pitch, Eastleigh brought up their 9th and final try through Pete Noonan. Perfect draw and pass play left the defence clutching at shadows, and Noonan found the space to run in unopposed for the score. The conversion was missed to leave the final score 59-0.

Eastleigh produced a great team performance with 9 different try scorers to delight the large support.

Eastleigh's Man of the Match was Will Rigelsford.

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Eastleigh 21-8 Millbrook RFC
1st Apr 2017

Eastleigh registered a 19th win of the season against Millbrook at Bishopstoke Road.

Damp weather made handling difficult in a scrappy opening. Dropped passes and wayward kicks ensured there were few scoring opportunities in the first half.

Eastleigh opened the scoring with Matt Blackman diving over in the left corner following a well worked phase that sucked in the opposition defenders. Phil Baldwin added the conversion to put Eastleigh into a 7-0 lead.

With the last seconds of the first half ticking away, Millbrook were awarded a penalty for an infringement at the breakdown, and scored their first points as the fly half bisected the posts. The half time score was 7-3.

The second half started much the same as both sides struggled to put together any meaningful attacking opportunities.

Eastleigh extended their lead as Arron Enock raced clear down the right wing, evading the flat footed defence to dive over wide in the right. Phil Baldwin added the extra 2 to extend the lead to 14-3.

The home side added a 3rd try as Jack Berry found a gap in the defence to power over the line. Phil Baldwin maintained his 100% kicking record by converting Jack Berry's score to increase the home side's lead to 21-3.

A wayward pass was hacked down field by Millbrook. The scrambling Eastleigh defence were caught out and the visitors scored their only try wide on the left. The conversion was missed to leave the final score at 21-8.

Eastleigh's Man of the Match was John Williams.

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Basingstoke RFC 0-31 Eastleigh
25th Mar 2017

Eastleigh clinched promotion after an exciting 80 minutes against Basingstoke with the result ending 0-31 in favour of Eastleigh. A James Boyce double sealed the deal for the visiting side.
Despite a couple of changes to the squad due to injury, Eastleigh started the game extremely well. After series of breakdowns and infringements, a clear gap was on the left hand side and Adam Gallagher picked the perfect line and ran through to score the first try of the match. Phil Baldwin duly converted to post the score at 0-7.
After series of penalties and scrums, Eastleigh’s mounting pressure proved to be too much for Basingstoke and some lovely hands down the right flank saw Jack Berry in for the try. The conversion was missed and the score stood 0-12.
Chances were falling for both sides however when it came to the execution, the ball was either stripped, knocked-on or passed forward. No further points were scored before half time and the score showed 0-12 when the referee blew his whistle for the half time break.
Half Time: Basingstoke 0 – 12 Eastleigh
Both sides started the second half slowly however Eastleigh’s dominance in the game continued. The wind picked up and conditions were becoming harder for the players. Meanwhile, Eastleigh took advantage of Basingstoke’s mistakes and were in for the next score. As they edged closer towards the try line, the visitors lofted the ball wide and James Boyce was in for the simplest of scores. The conversion was unsuccessful and Eastleigh were asking for the bonus point. Basingstoke 0-17 Eastleigh.
After a poor restart, Eastleigh gained possession and ran straight back at the Basingstoke defence. After great carries from Paul Fudio and Will Todd, lots of space was created and a brilliant show and go from scrum-half Sean Hayes saw Eastleigh in for the bonus point. Phil Baldwin converted from a tight angle and added a further 2 points to the score board to extend the lead 0-24.
With minutes left to play, the final piece of the Eastleigh jigsaw puzzle was put into place. A clean interception from James Boyce saw him run in unchallenged under the post for his second of the match and Eastleigh’s fifth. A successful conversion from Phil Baldwin left the scoreboard displaying Basingstoke 0-31 Eastleigh. The whistle went for full time and Eastleigh picked up their 18th league victory of the season.
Full Time: Basingstoke 0 – 31 Eastleigh
Having later found out other results in the London South West 3 division, Eastleigh were confirmed promoted along with Farnham RUFC and will both play in London South West 2 next season.
There were many good performances on the pitch including John Williams, Rob Sutherland and Dan Achilles however, Man of the Match went to skipper Paul Fudio for his all round performance.

By Joshua Devereux

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Eastleigh 13-14 Battersea Ironsides RFC
11th Mar 2017

Eastleigh slipped to their second defeat of the season against a dogged Battersea side at Bishopstoke Road.

Eastleigh registered an early score after being awarded a penalty in the opposition half. Phil Baldwin bisected the posts to put Eastleigh into an early 3-0 lead.

The home side struggled to put any effective attacking play together, failing to retain possession, allowing the visitors to push deeper into the Eastleigh half. Quickly recycled ball on the Eastleigh try line gave Battersea the opportunity to crash over from close range. The try was converted to put the visitors into the lead at 3-7.

With time in the first half running out, Eastleigh were awarded a penalty in front of the posts. Phil Baldwin stepped up to leave Eastleigh 1 point behind the visitors at 6-7.

Eastleigh began the second half with more endeavour and started to string effective attacking phases together. Phil Baldwin sent a cross field kick from left to right. Matt Blackman caught the ball and offloaded out of the tackle to Sean Hayes who raced down the wing to score in the corner. Phil Baldwin added the extra 2 to put Eastleigh into the lead at 13-7.

Battersea came back strong as Eastleigh's tackling proved ineffective at stopping the visitors at source. A Battersea driving maul in the centre of the park was allowed to crash over the try line under the posts. The successful conversion sent Battersea back into the lead at 13-14.

Eastleigh pushed for the winning score, however poor retention that summed up the home side's performance ultimately led to the referee sounding the final whistle to seal their fate and the final result.

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Old Cranleighans RFC 26-37 Eastleigh
4th Mar 2017

Promotion favourites Eastleigh ran in 5 tries including a Jack Berry double over promotion rivals Old Cranleighans. Eastleigh’s dominant attack left the score 26-37 after 80 minutes of quality rugby.
With both teams eyeing promotion, it would be vital to get the first score. A great line from Adam Gallagher saw him break through the gap. After a couple of recycles, Jack Berry broke through the defence to give Eastleigh the first score of the game. Phil Baldwin duly converted to put the visitors ahead 0-7. An infringement at the breakdown gave Eastleigh the chance to extend their lead by a further 3 points. Phil Baldwin swiftly dispatched the ball between the posts to give Eastleigh a lead of 0-10.
The hosts were quick to respond and some hands down the left flank left an overlap for the Old Cranleighans and this gave their winger the try. However, the conversion was missed and the score stood at 5-10. Eastleigh didn’t let this deter the dominance in the game and were awarded another penalty within Phil Baldwin’s kicking range. It was successful and Eastleigh now had an 8 point advantage. It seemed as though Eastleigh had switched off after this and Old Cranleighans were in for their second try of the match. Some quick ball and good driving gave the hosts the score, and the added extras coming off the boot of the fly-half took the score to 12-13.The half was finished with an Eastleigh penalty that was missed by Phil Baldwin.
Half Time Old Cranleighans 12-13 Eastleigh
The second half started with both sides eager for the victory. An injury straight from the restart left the game paused for a while. After moving pitches the delay was over and the game was underway with an Eastleigh put in at the scrum. From this they were able to use the tactic ‘Eagle’ to break through the offensive line. All the pressure was rewarded as Martin Kirby edged over the line to score Eastleigh’s second. With the conversion missed, the score was at 12-18. It was almost as if the Old Cranleighans were saying to their visitors, ‘Anything you can do I can do better!’ as straight from the restart, some good footwork and sizzling speed from the Cranleighans’ winger, the hosts were in for their second try. He added the extras to put them in the lead 19-18.
After several penalties conceded by the home side Eastleigh were in for the score once again. An outrageous show and go from Dan Achilles and who relied on brawn strength to bulldoze his way through the tackles to score Eastleigh’s third. The extras were added to the score, 19-25, and Eastleigh were eyeing up the bonus point. All of a sudden a great pump of the legs from John Williams out of the tackle saw the away side on the attack and many passing movements left Phil Baldwin with the easiest of chances and a little roll over the gain line to give cap off a quite wonderful try for Eastleigh. He missed the conversion but that didn’t dampen the spirit as the score showed 19-30.
With around 10 minutes to go, there was plenty more time for more tries and Eastleigh knew that. A little chip and chase from Adam Gallagher left Jack Berry the chance to get the double as he dotted down over the try line. A successful conversion left the score showing 19-37.
After many infringements at the breakdown, one too many proved costly for Eastleigh as Charlie Liang, who having done a outstanding tackle a couple of minutes ago, was giving the marching orders by the referee. From this, the ball was put in touch and from the resulting maul, Old Cranleighans were in for their fourth try of the match. The conversion was successful and decreased the deficit to 11 points. 26-37. Last play was called by the referee and the ball was kicked out and a quite thrilling game of rugby came to a close.
There were many standout performances from Eastleigh including Jack Berry, Paul Fudio and Dan Achilles however man of the match went to Martin Kirby.

Final Score: Old Cranleighans 26 – 37 Eastleigh

Match Report by Joshua Devereux

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Eastleigh 36-13 Weybridge Vandals RFC
18th Feb 2017

Eastleigh made amends for their loss away at Farnham with a bonus point victory over Weybridge Vandals at Bishopstoke Road.

Eastleigh fired straight out of the blocks with Rich O'Donnell catching the ball from Phil Baldwin's kick-off, however from the subsequent ruck, a loose pass gave the visitors the opportunity to pin Eastleigh back in their own half.

A breakdown infringement gave Weybridge the opportunity to register the first points, which the fly-half duly converted.

Eastleigh composed themselves and following strong attacking play, were awarded the penalty following an infringement at the breakdown. The home side opted for the line out and from the powerful driving maul, Rich O'Donnell was able to dive over for Eastleigh's 1st try. The conversion was missed to leave the score 5-3.

Eastleigh's ill discipline proved their undoing as the referee awarded the visitors another penalty in Eastleigh's half, gifting a further 3 points from the tee.

Eastleigh came storming back and forced Weybridge deep into their own half. The home side were awarded a scrum 10 metres from the Weybridge try line, and as the scrum edged forward, Paul Fudio gathered and offloaded for Rich O'Donnell to score his 2nd try in the corner. The extra 2 was added by Phil Baldwin to put Eastleigh back in the lead at 12-6.

Eastleigh produced a sublime 3rd try from a training ground line out move. The short ball found its way to Paul Taylor, who drew the defender and offloaded to Dan Achilles. Achilles threw a deft behind the back pass to Sean Hayes, who offloaded to Paul Taylor, fixed the last defender and passed outside to Russell Smith to dive over in the corner. The conversion was scored by Phil Baldwin to extend Eastleigh's lead to 19-6.

Eastleigh pushed hard for the 4th try before half-time, however had to settle for a kick at goal after being awarded the penalty with time run out. Phil Baldwin bisected the posts to extend Eastleigh's half time lead to 22-6.

Eastleigh were dominating in the line out and as the visitors were tiring, made hard yards in open play. Eastleigh secured the bonus point early in the 2nd half, as quickly recycled ball from the breakdown exposed an overlap out wide, and gave Rich O'Donnell the simplest of scores to bring up his hat-trick. The extra points were added by Phil Baldwin to increase Eastleigh's lead to 29-6.

Weybridge were not to be undone and began to put a number of phases together deep in Eastleigh's half. Adam Payne was shown a yellow card for an infringement at the breakdown, reducing Eastleigh to 14 men.

Phase after phase was repelled until eventually the Weybridge prop powered through a gap to score the visitors' 1st try. The conversion was scored to close the gap to 29-13.

With the full 15 restored, Eastleigh looked good to increase their lead. Strong running edged the home side closer and closer to the try line, the ball eventually finding Adam Payne to power over from 2 metres out to score Eastleigh's 5th try. The conversion was added by Phil Baldwin to bring about the final score at 36-13.

Eastleigh secured the bonus point win they wanted, however a number of scoring opportunities were wasted.

Honourable mention goes to Rich O'Donnell for his hat-trick of tries, however Eastleigh's Man of the Match was Matt Blackman.

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Farnham RUFC 17-7 Eastleigh
11th Feb 2017

Eastleigh's winning streak came to an end against league leaders Farnham.

Eastleigh travelled to Farnham for a winner takes all clash in what was billed as the league's best attack vs the league's best defence.

The heavy weight Farnham pack dominated the early exchanges, forcing penalties from the scrum, however the dogged Eastleigh defence kept the home side at bay.

Both sides made probing attacks into the opposition half but were unable to force any noteworthy scoring opportunities.

Eastleigh opened the scoring following a huge up-and-under from Pete Noonan. The Farnham defence allowed the ball to bounce, Tom Willoughby was able to hack the ball on for Stu Mason to dive on the ball as it crossed the line. The conversion was scored by Matt Blackman to put Eastleigh into the lead at 0-7.

Eastleigh defended hard for the final seconds of the 1st half, and secured the ball to bring about the half time whistle.

Farnham came back strong in the 2nd half, using their large pack to their advantage to draw in the visiting defence. An infringement at the breakdown allowed the home side to register their first points from the tee, closing the gap to 3-7.

A further infringement gave the home side a penalty in a similar position, but kicked for the line. The driving maul from the line out was deemed to have been stopped illegally, prompting the referee to award a penalty try and a yellow card for Paul Taylor. The extra 2 were added to put the home side into the lead at 10-7.

Eastleigh pushed hard for a further score and made a number of telling breaks, only for the last pass to be dropped to let the home side off the hook.

Farnham were growing in confidence and their offloading game came to the fore, as a sharp pass out of the tackle gave the Farnham prop space to dive over unopposed. The conversion in front of the posts was scored to extend Farnham's lead to 17-7.

Eastleigh never gave up and pushed hard for a further score as the final minutes ticked away. The home side's defence was resolute, and as the referee had signalled time was up, they were able to secure turnover ball and clear to bring about the final whistle. The final score was 17-7.

The game lived up to the hype but Eastleigh were unable to provide the win to honour the huge travelling support.

Eastleigh played with pride and passion, but ultimately the better team on the day won and took the spoils.

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Eastleigh 49-7 US Portsmouth RFC
28th Jan 2017

Eastleigh brought up their 15th consecutive win of the season with a 9 try victory over US Portsmouth at Bishopstoke Road.

Eastleigh started well from the kick off and were immediately sending the visitors back deep into their own half. Russell Smith stole a simple line out 10 metres out from the try line, and the Eastleigh forwards drove for the line. As the maul splintered, Sean Hayes was able to dart through a gap in the defence, hold off 2 tacklers and reach out for the line for the opening score. The score was converted by Phil Baldwin to put Eastleigh into an early 7-0 lead.

Hard running from the home side was breaking holes in the fractured visiting defence, and following an infringement at the breakdown, Eastleigh kicked for touch to take an attacking line out deep in the opposition half. A well worked line-out move, left Paul Taylor and Dan Achilles with a simple 2 on 1, and Achilles was able to power over for Eastleigh's 2nd try. The conversion from the touch line was missed to leave the score 12-0.

Eastleigh again found themselves in possession deep in opposition territory. Rich O'Donnell powered towards the try line, but was tackled agonisingly short. The quick recycled ball was gathered by Adam Kidd who was able to dive for the line for Eastleigh's 3rd try. The conversion was missed to leave the score 17-0.

The driving maul from the line-out was working effectively, and following a catch and drive near the opposition line, Rich O'Donnell was able to steer the maul over the line to score Eastleigh's 4th and bonus point try inside 20 minutes. It was becoming an off day for the kickers as the again the conversion was missed.

The home side were breaking the gain line on each phase, and found gaps in the scrambling defence. A quick pass from the base of the ruck on the visitors' 5m line found its way to Rob Sutherland, who crashed over for Eastleigh's 5th try. The extra 2 went begging with a wayward conversion attempt.

In a rare foray into the home side's half, USP managed to retain possession, working hard to find a gap in the Eastleigh defence. The home side held out strong for phase after phase, until the visiting prop was able to cross the line for USP's 1st try. The extra 2 was added to reduce Eastleigh's lead to 27-7.

Eastleigh had one last attempt to score in the 1st half, however the ball was turned over and USP sent the ball off the pitch to bring about the half time whistle.

Eastleigh brought Will Rigelsford on at half time for his 1st XV debut in place of Sean Hayes.

The 2nd half continued much the same as the 1st, as Eastleigh put huge pressure on the visitors' defence forcing a penalty. Adam Kidd took a quick tap and go to power over the line for his 2nd and Eastleigh's 6th try. The conversion was missed to leave the score 32-7.

Eastleigh brought up their 7th try as Rich O'Donnell intercepted the ball off a mistake at the line out on the half way line, and ran 50m to dive over in the corner for his 2nd try. The extra 2 went begging to leave the score 37-7.

Eastleigh were moving the ball well, stretching the visitors from right to left. As the ball came back right from the ruck, Pete Noonan was able to pick out John Williams to dive over for Eastleigh's 8th try. The conversion attempt was missed leaving the score 42-7.

In almost a carbon copy of the last try, Eastleigh brought up their 9th try as Arron Enock was able to find a gap in the defence and dive over for the score. After 8 previous missed attempts, Russell Smith took over kicking duties to add the extra 2 to extend the final score to 49-7.

Eastleigh were pleased to secure a big victory and extend the winning run, but with 14 points missed from the boot, and a number of scoring opportunities squandered, they knew accuracy had to be improved.

Eastleigh's Man of the Match was Pete Noonan.

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Old Tiffinians RFC 0-24 Eastleigh
14th Jan 2017

Eastleigh secured an emphatic 14th consecutive victory away at Old Tiffinians to delight the large travelling support.

Eastleigh started with great endeavour, forcing the home side deep into their own half. Cam Steele made a break down the right wing but was tackled high, resulting in a penalty and a yellow card for the offending player. Captain Paul Fudio opted for the line out, and from the driving maul, John Williams crashed over for the opening try. Phil Baldwin successfully converted to put Eastleigh in the lead at 0-7.

A penalty in Eastleigh's half gave the home side a shot at goal, but the ball hit the post and was deflected wide.

Strong running from backs and forwards alike pushed Eastleigh deeper and deeper into the Old Tiffs half. Another penalty gave Eastleigh the opportunity to kick for the line out, and from the subsequent driving maul, Stu Mason dived over for the visitors' 2nd try. The conversion was missed to leave the score 0-12.

Eastleigh pushed hard for a further score in the first half, but the last pass was dropped or possession squandered.

Old Tiffs started the second half with much more vigour, but the Eastleigh defence was resolute and held firm against the waves of attack.

The ball was turned over from a home side attack and cleared long downfield. Cam Steele chased hard, forcing the defending player into a mistake, and was able to gather the ball, offloading off the ground to Adam Kidd in support, who offloaded out of the tackle to Matt Blackman to dive over for Eastleigh's 3rd try. The score was converted by Phil Baldwin to increase the lead to 0-19.

Eastleigh found themselves on the defence again, standing up to strong attack from the home side. A number of penalties were conceded and Rob Sutherland was shown a yellow card for repeated team offences.

Despite the man disadvantage, Eastleigh were able to hold out the home attack, and following a turn over and break out wide, Jack Berry was able to scythe through the defence to score Eastleigh's 4th and bonus point try. The conversion was missed to leave the score 0-24.

Eastleigh pushed to extend the lead further, however following a break down the left wing, the referee took exception to the way a ruck was cleared and showed Tom Willoughby a red card.

Eastleigh almost scored right at the death, however the ball was dropped in the process of grounding and so brought about the final whistle. The final score was 0-24.

Eastleigh's Man of the Match was Tom Willoughby for his powerful running and excellent defence.

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Teddington RFC 14-38 Eastleigh
7th Jan 2017

Eastleigh celebrated the New Year with a comprehensive bonus point victory away at Teddington, and registered their 13th consecutive win of the season.
The visitors came firing out of the blocks, putting the home side under immense pressure forcing them back on to their own line. From an attacking scrum, Adam Kidd was able to pick and drive over for the opening score. The try was converted by Phil Baldwin to give Eastleigh an early 0-7 lead.
Eastleigh struck again as Phil Baldwin sent a long cross field kick from right to left, with Matt Blackman gathering the ball and placing down for the visitors' 2nd try. Baldwin converted to add the extra 2, 0-14 to Eastleigh.
Despite Eastleigh's dominance, a loose pass was gathered by the home side and kicked long downfield. Sean Hayes gathered the ball over the line, but lost possession in the tackle allowing the home side to dive on the loose ball to score. The try was converted to leave the score 7-14.
Strong running from Pete Noonan and Jack Berry found gaps in the scrambling defence, and quickly recycled ball gave Sean Hayes the simplest of scores, as he dotted the ball down unopposed. Phil Baldwin converted to restore Eastleigh's 14 point advantage at 7-21.
Teddington were penalised for an offside infringement as Eastleigh were making gains towards the try line. With the seconds ticking away, Captain Paul Fudio elected for the shot at goal, which Phil Baldwin duly converted to bring about the final whistle. The half time score was 7-24.
Eastleigh scored their 4th and bonus point try directly from the kick-off as Rich O'Donnell gathered the ball and broke through the defence to run deep down field. O'Donnell threw a “Sonny Bill Williams” style offload out of the tackle to Russell Smith, who raced down the right wing, leaving a simple 2 on 1 to give debutant Cam Steele the opportunity to dive over unopposed. Phil Baldwin added the extra 2 to extend Eastleigh's lead to 7-31.
Teddington were not to roll over so easily, and pushed hard into the Eastleigh half. The visitors were able to turn over the ball, but the clearance kick was charged down and the endeavour was awarded with a try. The conversion was successful to leave the score 14-31.
Eastleigh's fitness was proving the difference, as they continued to pound the opposition line. Jack Berry scythed through the defence but was tackled over the line and deemed to be held up, disallowing the score. Eastleigh secured the ball from the scrum, Sean Hayes passed out to Phil Baldwin who was able to unlock a hole in the defence and dive over for Eastleigh's 5th try. Baldwin converted his own score to extend the lead to 14-38.
Teddington had an opportunity to score with the last play of the game, however the pass was knocked on wide out on the wing to bring about the final whistle. The final score was 14-38 to Eastleigh.

Eastleigh's Man of the Match was Rich O'Donnell.

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Eastleigh 17-8 Trojans RFC
17th Dec 2016

Eastleigh registered their 12th consecutive win of the season against local rivals Trojans at Bishopstoke Road.

Eastleigh struck first blood with an early try from Adam Gallagher. Phil Baldwin sent a long kick downfield that the on-rushing Gallagher was able to hack forward and ground just ahead of the defending player. The conversion by Phil Baldwin was successful to put the home side in to an early 7-0 lead.

Eastleigh were attacking hard and forced the visitors to concede a penalty deep in their own half. Captain Paul Fudio elected for the shot at goal, which Phil Baldwin duly converted to extend Eastleigh's lead to 10-0.

Trojans were not to be undone and scored a try on the right wing by exploiting the overlap. The conversion was missed to leave the half-time score 10-5.

Eastleigh started the 2nd half strong and made hard yards towards the visitors' try line. The attacked was stopped short when Paul Taylor was shown a yellow card for clearing an offside player with his boot.

A 2nd yellow card was awarded this time to a Trojans player for illegally disrupting an Eastleigh maul.
With the man advantage, Eastleigh were able to extend their lead through a try from Matt Blackman. Phil Baldwin sent a cross field kick from right to left, Blackman rose highest to gather the ball and stepped past the last defender to score. The try was converted to extend Eastleigh's lead to 17-5.

A Trojans attack down the left wing was stopped by a strong tackle from Paul Fudio. The Trojans players took umbrage to the tackle and a fracas broke out between both sides. The referee judged that Fudio had not used his arms and awarded a yellow card meaning the home side played the remainder of the game with 14 men.

From the resulting penalty, Trojans kicked a goal to close the gap to 17-8.

Eastleigh's defence remained strong and kept out the visitors for the remainder of the game.

Eastleigh's Man of the Match was Dan Achilles.

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Millbrook RFC 12-17 Eastleigh
10th Dec 2016

Eastleigh escaped with a narrow victory to maintain their 100% start to the season at the mid-way point.

Eastleigh started strong and following a powerful driving scrum, Paul Fudio was able to pick the ball and power over for the opening score. The conversion was missed to leave the score 0-5.

Despite the early score, Eastleigh struggled to put together any further noteworthy attacking play, as the last pass was dropped or possession turned over.

Eastleigh were being frustrated by the home side, and were penalised at the breakdown to gift the Millbrook 10 an easy 3 points.

The first half continued much the same, and following a further penalty, Eastleigh found themselves going into the break at 6-5.

The 2nd half started brighter, and following a deep attack downfield, Matt Blackman was able to run through broken defence to dive under the posts for Eastleigh's 2nd try. Blackman converted his own try to put Eastleigh back into the lead at 6-12.

Millbrook continued to frustrate the visitors and were forced in to conceding a further 2 successful penalties to leave the score tied at 12-12.

As the seconds ticked away, Eastleigh forced the home side back on to their own try line, but were unable to turn over possession to create the scoring opportunity so desperately needed.

Eventually the ball became available following a poor clearance kick. Eastleigh recycled possession, pounding the Millbrook line, until eventually Adam Gallagher was able to power his way over for the decisive score with the last play of the game. The conversion attempt from Matt Blackman was charged down to leave the final score 12-17.

This was a poor performance from Eastleigh, but still managed to leave with the victory and remain unbeaten.

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Eastleigh 31-3 Basingstoke RFC
26th Nov 2016

Eastleigh registered their 10th consecutive win with a bonus point victory at home to Hampshire rivals and former National League challengers Basingstoke.

Eastleigh started strong from the kick off repelling the Basingstoke fringe attack, but gave away a penalty through Rich O'Donnell remonstrating with the referee. The protest continued and Eastleigh were marched back a further 10 metres. Basingstoke opted for the shot at goal to give them an early 0-3 lead.

Despite the early set-back, Eastleigh came out firing against the visitors and following a driving maul from the line-out, John Williams crashed over in the right corner for Eastleigh's 1st try. Matt Blackman converted from the touch line to add the extra 2, pushing Eastleigh in to a 7-3 lead.

The home side pushed hard for a 2nd try in the first half but poor decision making let the visitors off the hook.

Eastleigh were rewarded following an offside infringement at the breakdown, and Matt Blackman duly converted the penalty kick at goal to extend Eastleigh's lead to 10-3.

Eastleigh were reduced to 14 men when Paul Fudio was shown a yellow card for making contact with a Basingstoke tackler with his boot.

Eastleigh rode out the first half defending hard, keeping the score at 10-3 at the half time whistle.

Eastleigh came firing out of the blocks in the second half against a tiring Basingstoke side, and came close to scoring, only for the ball to be lost and kicked deep down field. This long kick however lead to one of the best scores in Eastleigh history, as Dan Sullivan gathered and ran from inside the 22, offloading to Jack Berry, who passed inside to Adam Kidd, passing outside to Pete Noonan, who cut in to draw the defender and passed back to Adam Kidd, who drew the last defender and passed to Rich O'Donnell to run in unopposed for Eastleigh's 2nd try. Matt Blackman added the extra 2 to extend the lead to 17-3.

Eastleigh began to run riot as they sensed the bonus point was there for the taking. A fantastic break down the right wing, found the ball in the hands of Ash Holland, who stepped one defender and drew the tackle of the fullback, to offload out of the tackle to Paul Fudio to swan dive over under the posts for Eastleigh's 3rd try. Matt Blackman kept up his faultless kicking with another successful conversion.

At 24-3, Eastleigh knew the win was in the bag but needed that illusive bonus point with a 4th try.

With the seconds ticking away, Eastleigh were inching closer and closer to the visitors' line. Basingstoke conceded a penalty for an offside infringement, and Paul Fudio elected for the scrum. The Eastleigh scrum drove for the line, but as the ball reached the line, an ensuing melee of bodies forced the referee to call the ball held up, meaning Eastleigh needed to try again for the 4th try they so desperately sought.

Again the pack drove for the line, and this time Paul Fudio was able to successfully ground the ball, prompting wild celebrations from the players and fans. Matt Blackman brought about the final whistle by kicking the conversion to make the final score 31-3.

Eastleigh's Man of the Match was Matt Blackman.

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Battersea Ironsides RFC 18-19 Eastleigh
19th Nov 2016

Eastleigh made it 9 wins from 9 with a scrappy win away at Battersea Ironsides.

Eastleigh started slow and were penalised early on for an infringement at the breakdown. The home side opted to kick for goal and opened an early 3-0 lead.

Eastleigh responded well to the early set back, and started to make ground in the Battersea half. The scrambling home defence lead to Eastleigh being awarded a penalty which Phil Baldwin duly converted to level the score at 3-3.

Eastleigh pushed hard for a try with strong running lines from Ash Holland and Tom Willoughby, but the attack was snuffed out through poor decision making and slack ball retention.

An offside infringement gave Eastleigh the opportunity to take the lead, and Phil Baldwin bisected the posts to make the score 3-6. The referee decided the offending player deserved 10 minutes on the touch line and flashed the yellow card.

Weak first-up tackling gave the visitors the opportunity to run at broken field and make large gains towards the Eastleigh try line. Last ditch tackling saved the visitors' blushes, but the referee disagreed with the manner of the jackal and showed Phil Baldwin a yellow card for his efforts. The home side opted to kick at goal and levelled the score at 6-6.

Eastleigh reshuffled, moving Pete Noonan to fly half and dropped a man from the flank to put Martin Kirby in the centre.

The ball was moved wide from a scrum deep in Battersea's half, with the pass finding Ash Holland on the right wing. Holland made the inroads towards the try line, offloaded to Dan Sullivan out of the tackle, who powered over in the right corner for the first try. The conversion was missed to leave the half time score 6-11.

Battersea came firing out of the blocks and Eastleigh's poor first up tackling allowed the home side to make hard yards. Battersea recycled the ball well, and found the gap to dot down for their first try. The conversion was missed to level the score at 11-11.

Eastleigh created a great scoring opportunity as Phil Baldwin sent a cross field kick to Rich O'Donnell on the left touch line. O'Donnell powered towards the try line but in reaching out for the line, the referee judged the ball was dropped.

Eastleigh were in the ascendancy getting closer to the home try line. The Battersea number 8 slowed the ball down by laying in the ball in an offside position. The referee awarded the penalty and produced a yellow card. Captain Paul Fudio elected for the kick at goal, which Phil Baldwin stepped up to score pushing Eastleigh back into the lead at 11-14.

With the man advantage, Eastleigh were able to extend the lead as Matt Blackman dived over on the left wing following a width of the field play from the line out. The conversion was missed to leave the score 11-19.

Battersea were not to roll over so easily and pushed hard for the score. Following a penalty for a breakdown infringement, the home side kicked for touch and drove the maul towards the line scoring in the corner. The conversion was scored to close the gap to 1 point at 18-19.

With the seconds ticking away, Eastleigh were able to turn over the ball and drive towards the line. The maul was stopped short, and with the referee alerting that time was up, Phil Baldwin kicked the ball off the pitch to bring about the final whistle.

Eastleigh maintain their winning streak, but were disappointed with the score line as at least 2 tries were squandered.

Eastleigh's Man of the Match was Dan Sullivan.

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Eastleigh 18-10 Old Cranleighans RFC
5th Nov 2016

Eastleigh kept the winning streak alive with a dogged win over 3rd placed Old Cranleighans (OC) at Bishopstoke Road.

Eastleigh started strong from the kick-off, forcing the visitors deep into their own half. An early line-out inside OC's 22 was driven hard towards the line, and as it splintered, Adam Kidd drove over the try line to score Eastleigh's first try. The conversion was missed to leave the score 5-0.

Despite the early score, the visitors were not to be rattled and came back hard. The Eastleigh defence was resolute but were conceding a high number of penalties, giving the visitors increasing possession in the home side's half.

Eastleigh were reduced to 14 players when Dan Achilles was shown a yellow card for a no-arms tackle. OC used the man advantage to score their first try as the 12 hit a hard line back inside to power over to score from close range. The conversion was good and put the visitors in to the lead at 5-7.

Eastleigh pushed hard to register another score in the first half, but handling errors and mistakes let the visitors off the hook. The whistle sounded to bring the first half to a close at 5-7.

Eastleigh came back hard in the 2nd half, and a cleanly taken kick-off return sent the visitors scrambling back deep into their own half. Eastleigh started to produce some strong attacking play around the breakdown and forced a penalty through an OC infringement. Paul Fudio elected for the shot at goal, and Phil Baldwin duly did the honours and put Eastleigh back into the lead at 8-7.

Eastleigh maintained the attacking pressure, making decent yards into the OC half, leading to another penalty. Eastleigh went for the corner, and from the resulting line-out drove towards the line for Martin Kirby to score Eastleigh's 2nd try. Phil Baldwin added the conversion to extend Eastleigh's lead to 15-7.

Despite both sides wanting to play fast running rugby, a number of yellow cards were banded about. Firstly to an OC forward for starting a scuffle, and secondly to replacement Hallam Bourton for an infringement at the breakdown following a team warning. The visitors elected for a shot at goal following the penalty award, and the visiting 10 stepped up to close Eastleigh's lead to 15-10.

Eastleigh mounted another strong attack deep down field, leading to another breakdown infringement by the visitors. With the referee allowing Eastleigh to play the advantage, Phil Baldwin sent a huge drop-goal sailing between the posts from 40 metres, extending the score to 18-10.

OC mounted one last attack, but as the captain picked the ball from the base of the scrum, he ran directly at the referee to use him as shield to block the Eastleigh tacklers. The referee awarded a penalty to Eastleigh, to which the visiting scrum-half took great offence and earned himself an early shower as he was shown his marching orders.

Phil Baldwin sent the ball off the pitch to bring about the final whistle and confirm Eastleigh's 18-10 win.

Despite the win, the home side felt disappointed to not take a winning bonus point from this game, as at least 2 further tries were within grasp.

Eastleigh's Man of the Match was Dan Achilles.

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Weybridge Vandals RFC 6-12 Eastleigh
29th Oct 2016

Eastleigh continued their unbeaten start to the season with a tough away win against Weybridge Vandals. Injuries and unavailability meant this would be a difficult fixture for the visitors' first long away trip.

The home side came out all guns blazing wanting to take the scalp of the new league leaders. The centres running hard lines, and the fly-half kicking the corners to keep Eastleigh pinned in their half. A penalty for an offside infringement gave the home side their first points with a simple shot at goal, 3-0 to Weybridge.

Eastleigh pushed hard to create an opening in attack, but came up against a strong defensive unit, with the choke tackle an effective tactic. Again the visitors were punished for an infringement at the breakdown, and the home fly-half slotted the penalty to extend the lead to 6-0.

Despite having minimal possession, Eastleigh's defence was preventing Weybridge from getting close to the try-line, but were struggling to create any momentum in attack. The whistle brought a poor first half to a close at 6-0.

Eastleigh found themselves in a familiar position, having to dig deep and rally themselves at half time.

From the kick-off, Eastleigh recycled well. Phil Baldwin sent up a huge kick which the home fullback caught cleanly, only to be hit back hard by the follow up tackle. The visitors sensed blood, and the rash of forwards drove through the ruck and stole the ball. Quick ball through the backs found Will Todd in a huge space, who drew the last defender and offloaded to Tom Willoughby to score Eastleigh's first try. The conversion was added by Baldwin to put the visitors into the lead, 6-7.

This was the opening Eastleigh needed, as strong running, quick hands, and accurate kicks left the home side struggling to stay in the game. Turnover ball close to the Weybridge try line was moved wide, each phase drawing in the home defence until the last pass found Russell Smith on the wing to dive over for Eastleigh's 2nd try. The conversion was missed to leave the score 6-12.

Eastleigh were inches away from a 3rd try after again pounding the line to leave the home side scrambling, but the last pass was knocked on, allowing the Weybridge backs to clear upfield.

Eastleigh lost Rob Sutherland to injury following a mid-field scrum, and soon after also lost replacement Nic Blake to injury. Eastleigh knew they had to dig deep to produce the defensive performance of a lifetime to walk away with a victory.

Weybridge sensed an upset was there for the taking, with phase after phase of pick-and-go attacks around the fringe. Eastleigh repelled them again and again, until Conor Silcox was able to win a penalty for the tackled player holding the ball on the floor.

The home side came back again with ferocity, desperately looking for that winning try, but again Eastleigh's defence held firm. A last ditch tackle from Tom Willoughby put the home winger off the pitch to alleviate the latest attack.

Despite the sore bodies, Eastleigh's spirit and will to win remained strong, and with the seconds ticking away, faced one last attack from the home side. Tackle after tackle kept them back, and when the opening came, Adam Kidd was able to seize on a loose ball and earn Eastleigh a penalty for the tackled player holding the ball on the floor. Phil Baldwin kicked the ball off the field to bring about the final whistle.

This was a tough away fixture against a strong side that was playing London 2 SW rugby last season, and again Eastleigh's fitness and defensive work paid dividends when it was needed most.

Eastleigh's Man of the Match was Will Todd.

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Eastleigh 19-17 Farnham RUFC
22nd Oct 2016

Eastleigh produced a stunning second half display to maintain their winning run against previously undefeated Farnham.

Perfect conditions and a huge crowd set the scene, as both sides so far undefeated battled it out for top of the league.

Eastleigh started a little over eager, and a number of early penalties in their own half gave Farnham the opportunity to kick for goal. The Farnham 10 was unable to convert, keeping the score at 0-0.

Eastleigh started to produce fantastic attacking play and made huge gains downfield, only for the last pass to be dropped alleviating the pressure on the visitors.

Farnham registered the first points with a penalty to make the score 0-3, following an offside infringement in Eastleigh's half.

Farnham were living off the home side's early mistakes, and following a quick break, the winger was able to dive over in the corner for the first try. The score was converted to extend Farnham's lead to 0-10.

Eastleigh rallied knowing that they had to be more accurate in attack, and following a line out near the Farnham 5m line, quick ball wide found Jack Berry to scythe through 2 defenders and power over the last man to score Eastleigh's 1st try. Phil Baldwin converted to make the score 7-10.

The Farnham 15 was knocked unconscious during the try, and so a small break was enforced to allow the medical staff to ensure he was safe enough to be moved away from the pitch.

The game continued and Eastleigh pushed hard for another score before half time, but were unable to make any meaningful inroads. The half time score remained 7-10.

Eastleigh started the 2nd half well, and brought up the 2nd try from a fantastic attacking combination between Dan Sullivan and Will Orson. Sullivan made a break down the right side of the field, drawing the last tackler and offloading to Orson. As the Farnham fullback came across to make the tackle, Orson chipped the ball over the head of the tackler, regathered, and offloaded to Sullivan to dot down for the try. The conversion from the right touch line was missed, leaving the score at 12-10.

Farnham showed the composure that has meant they were so far unbeaten by scoring their 2nd try following a series of phases that culminated with the flanker diving over the line. The conversion was scored to put the visitors back in the lead at 12-17.

Eastleigh were able to turn over a Farnham attack in their own half, allowing Phil Baldwin to clear the lines with a huge kick downfield. A Farnham player cynically tackled Baldwin late and was shown a yellow card meaning the visitors had to play the remainder of the game with 14 players.

Baldwin kicked deep downfield to give Eastleigh the opportunity to attack close to the Farnham line. The line out gave quick ball to Sean Hayes, who threw a long pass out to Phil Baldwin. Baldwin delayed the pass long enough for Tom Willoughby to cut the perfect line and scythe through the flat footed defence and dive over for Eastleigh's 3rd try. The conversion was scored to put Eastleigh back into the lead at 19-17.

Eastleigh's better fitness was telling against the tiring visitors who seemed short of ideas in attack. Eastleigh's solid defence meant that a number of Farnham attacks were kicked away aimlessly, and then returned by Eastleigh at force. A breakdown infringement gave Phil Baldwin a shot at goal, but the ball hit the upright, giving the visitors a faint hope of snatching the win.

A final Farnham attack downfield was stopped by the heroic Eastleigh defence, and the visitors then gave away a penalty to ensure the victory was secure. Phil Baldwin sent the ball spiralling off the field to bring about the final whistle.

The final score was 19-17. Eastleigh maintain their winning run and remain undefeated.

Eastleigh's Man of the Match was Phil Baldwin.

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US Portsmouth RFC 10-52 Eastleigh
8th Oct 2016

Eastleigh maintained their winning streak with a 5th straight win away at United Services Portsmouth.
Coach Phil Osman wanted his players to come firing out of the blocks and that's exactly what they did. Eastleigh pounded the USP defensive line drawing players towards the breakdown. Quick hands in the back line gave debutant James Boyce an easy try on the left wing. Phil Baldwin converted to add the extra 2 giving Eastleigh an early lead at 0-7.
Eastleigh maintained the pressure in attack with Tom Willoughby and Martin Kirby hitting hard lines. Phil Baldwin was able to exploit the gaps in the home defence and dive over for Eastleigh's 2nd try. Baldwin converted his own try to increase the score to 0-14.
Eastleigh's intensity in attack was leaving the home side scrambling, and giving away an increasing number of penalties. The referee decided one too many penalties had been given away, and gave a yellow card to the USP 8. Paul Taylor elected for the scrum, which Eastleigh drove towards the line with the man advantage. Adam Kidd was able to pick the ball from the back of the scrum and drive over for Eastleigh's 3rd try. Phil Baldwin converted to leave the score 0-21.
USP were able to gain some ground in attack, and following a penalty for a high tackle decided to kick for goal. The ball sailed between the posts to give the home side their first points at 3-21.
Eastleigh were not to be undone and brought up the bonus point with a 4th try in the first half as Jack Berry scythed through the defence to dive over under the posts. Phil Baldwin maintained a faultless first half kicking display to leave the half time score at 3-28.
Eastleigh started the 2nd half slowly, and could be considered guilty of complacency as the home side dragged in the defence opening the space out wide for a cross field kick to find the on running winger to score unopposed on the left wing. The home 10 added the extra points to close the gap to 10-28.
Any worry that Eastleigh would capitulate was discarded, as Ash Holland was able to dot down for the visitors' 5th try following a pass from Sean Hayes at the base of the driving scrum. The conversion was missed to leave the score at 10-33.
Eastleigh's better fitness was beginning to tell, and began to run rampant against the tiring home defence. Paul Taylor ran through a large gap in the defence, but was tackled short of the line. The ball was quickly recycled, and following 2 or 3 phases, Jack Berry was able to cut through for his 2nd and Eastleigh's 6th try. Phil Baldwin converted to extend the lead to 10-40.
The home side were chasing shadows as Dan Achilles was able to run through a large gap pushing the visitors again close to the try line. Eastleigh dragged the USP defence left before cutting back right. Russell Smith ran a dummy line, drawing the defence for Phil Baldwin to find Adam Kidd in space to run unopposed for the line, scoring his 2nd and Eastleigh's 7th try. Again Baldwin added the extra 2 to leave the score 10-47.
Eastleigh had time for one last score, as Man of the Match Martin Kirby received the ball in space to dive over in the left corner for Eastleigh's 8th try. The conversion was missed to leave the final score 10-52.
Eastleigh's defence remained solid throughout, and showed real attacking intent with strong running lines and well worked handling.

Eastleigh's Man of the Match was Martin Kirby.

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Eastleigh 14-0 Old Tiffinians RFC
1st Oct 2016

Eastleigh secured a 4th win from 4 against a tough Old Tiffinians side at Bishopstoke Road.

The game started rather chaotic for the home side as early penalties for high tackles and offside infringements disrupted any flow. The visiting 10 missed 3 early kicks at goal, letting Eastleigh off the hook when they should have been 9-0 down.

Eastleigh composed themselves and started to put together some strong attacking play. Jack Berry and Dan Sullivan hit some strong lines through the defence only for the last pass to be knocked on, stopping Eastleigh's attacking play short.

Eastleigh gained the score they deserved when a crunching tackle in midfield by Jack Berry forced the Old Tiffs centre to drop the ball. Sean Hayes kicked the ball forward and had a straight foot race with the Old Tiffs 15 for the loose ball. Hayes reached the ball first, kicking it over the try line for Phil Baldwin to gratefully dive on the ball for the opening try. Baldwin converted his own try to make the score 7-0.

Eastleigh's 2nd try came from a training ground move, as a dummy pass fooled the visiting defence, opening the space for Jack Berry to power through, wrong footing the full back and diving over in the corner. Phil Baldwin converted from the touch line to extend Eastleigh's lead to 14-0 and bring about the half time whistle.

Eastleigh's defence was proving resolute, forcing the visiting 10 to chip over the unbreakable defensive wall, or move the ball out wide, which was then quickly closed down.

Despite the strong defensive effort, the home side were found wanting in attack, as a number of unforced errors prevented any meaningful attacking play.

The clock was ticking away, and Old Tiffs were desperate for a way back into the game. The visiting side pounded the Eastleigh 5m line again and again, but were unable to break through. Eastleigh's heroic defensive effort eventually forced a penalty, and were able to clear their line.

Eastleigh attempted to produce one last attacking foray into the visiting half, but again were not able to take the ball cleanly, and brought about the final whistle. The final score was 14-0.

Eastleigh have shown how far they've come since last season, after losing home and away to Old Tiffinians. Despite winning 14-0, the home side were disappointed not to have come away with a bonus point.

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Eastleigh 29-5 Teddington RFC
24th Sep 2016

Eastleigh show good form as they make it three wins from three games. The first XV hosted fellow top of the league rivals, Teddington, in a good afternoon of running rugby. Coach, Phil Osman, knew that the boys had to make a good start and come out of the blocks.

The game started with Eastleigh defending for most of the first 20 minutes with little possession. However, they stayed organised and held Teddington out who couldn’t get a score. Eastleigh didn’t help themselves as they give away numerous penalties and infringements which didn’t help matters. Just when the home side were offered a penalty advantage, fly half Phil Baldwin showed good initiative to slot a drop goal to get first points on the board. Once again, Eastleigh’s set piece showed dominance and with a strong effort flanker Richie O’Donnell touched down to get Eastleigh their first try.

Teddington continued to test the defence with strong runners and hard lines but to little reward. Soon after, the ball was with the Eastleigh backs who chipped over the opposition and were gifted with a lucky bounce and winger Matt Blackman (with a little help from Dan Sulivan) touched down for Eastleigh’s second.

Paul Fudio’s men felt positive after the break but they knew there was still hard work to do. Eastleigh got into their flow with great handling and hard running but the Teddington defence held out. It wasn’t until Eastleigh had a line out near the away team’s try line, when the forwards managed to maul over and Prop Paul Taylor come up with the score. Teddington made a threatening break during the second half but great scramble defence soon put a stop to the threat. Substitutions were made and backs found themselves doing a stint in the back row.
The fourth try came from centre Jack Berry, who made a cracking run and found a small gap to claim the bonus point win, which may be valuable later in the season. Teddington never threw in the towel and as a result were rewarded with a well worked try.

Coaches Phil Osman and Dave Craddock were happy with a good win against a formidable Teddington. The win was a result of strong, organised defence in the first 20. I’m sure there will be further headaches for selection again this week.

Special mentions go to Richie O’Donnell for his tenacity, Jack Berry for both attacking and defensive play. But the man of the match goes to Paul Taylor, who has had a few seasons out through injury, for his immense work rate.

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Trojans RFC 17-25 Eastleigh
17th Sep 2016

Eastleigh produced a stunning second half come back to turn around a 17-0 deficit and win away at local rivals Trojans 17-25.

Eastleigh started poorly as weak tackling and ill discipline gave the home side the early advantage. An offside infringement in the midfield gave Trojans an easy 3 points which the 10 duly converted.

Trojans' offloading out of the tackle combined with Eastleigh's poor tackling was creating chaos in the visitors' defence. The Trojans' 10 was able to exploit a gap creating a simple 2 on 1 for the supporting player to dot down under the posts. The try was converted to extend the home side's lead to 10-0.

Eastleigh were in disarray and seemed unable to cope with the lines the home players were hitting. A quickly moved ball from the breakdown gave the Trojans' centre a hole to charge through and dive over for their 2nd try. The conversion was scored to leave Eastleigh facing an uphill struggle at 17-0.

Eastleigh started to show more composure and managed to force a knock on at the Trojans 5m line. From the resulting scrum, the visitors were able to power over, giving Hallam Bourton the opportunity to pick the ball and dive over for the visitors' first points. The conversion was missed to leave the half time score 17-5.

The second half started better for Eastleigh as a few choice words from Coach Phil Osman gave them the impetus to put the tactics and game plan into effect.

Eastleigh were reduced to 14 men when Adam Kidd was shown a yellow card for repeated infringements at the breakdown.

Despite the deficit in player numbers, Eastleigh were looking the better side, and a deep run downfield from debutant Jack Berry set the platform for Pete Noonan to score Eastleigh's 2nd try. The ball was recycled quickly, drawing in the Trojans defence, allowing Noonan the space to dive over. The conversion was missed to leave the score 17-10.

Eastleigh's fitness was proving the difference between the sides, and in almost a carbon copy of the 2nd try, Phil Baldwin was able to pick a gap in the defence and dot down under the posts for Eastleigh's 3rd try. Baldwin converted his own try to level the scores at 17-17.

Great interplay between forwards and backs inched the visitors ever closer to the much needed 4th try, and with the line begging everyone believed Adam Payne was in for the score, only for the ball to be dropped just short of the line. However from the subsequent scrum, Eastleigh were able to steal the ball and drive hard for the line. As the scrum approached the try line, Paul Fudio was able to gather the ball and power over for the bonus point try and put Eastleigh into the lead. The conversion was missed to leave the score at 17-22.

Trojans looked shell shocked as Eastleigh turned the screw. Hard lines from Jack Berry, Martin Kirby and Adam Gallagher pushed the visitors deep into Trojans territory forcing a penalty in front of the posts. Captain Paul Fudio elected for the kick at goal, which Phil Baldwin did the honours and pushed Eastleigh further into the lead at 17-25.

With minutes remaining Eastleigh ran the clock down with excellent game management, keeping the ball in hand. A knock on brought about the final whistle and much jubilation from the travelling players and support.

Eastleigh showed true grit and determination to overturn the deficit and produced an incredible 2nd half comeback to win the local derby.

Eastleigh's Man of the Match was Jack Berry.

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Bognor RFC 0-52 Eastleigh
10th Sep 2016

Eastleigh started the new season with a 7 try demolition of newly promoted Bognor. The hard work put in over pre-season paid dividends as the visitors were fitter and stronger than their opponents.

The game started rather fractured as the wet conditions made handling difficult, however Eastleigh showed their intent with hard lines and strong defence to keep the home side camped in their own half. Eastleigh's attack was stopped illegally giving Phil Baldwin the opportunity to bisect the posts for Eastleigh's first points at 0-3.

Bognor had little option in attack, and a huge tackle from John Williams repelled their only tactic of sending single big runners around the fringe of the breakdown.

Eastleigh came close to scoring wide on the right wing, but the final pass was dropped alleviating the pressure on the home side if only for a moment. Eastleigh pushed hard in the scrum and stole the ball from Bognor and drove for the line. The scrum splintered and space opened up for Adam Kidd to gather the ball and dive over the line to give Eastleigh their first try. Phil Baldwin converted to leave the score 0-10.

Eastleigh had found their rhythm and adapted better to the wet conditions, with Rich O'Donnell and Tom Willoughby hitting great lines to scythe through the defence and leave the home side scrambling.

Eastleigh's 2nd try came shortly after as the ball was passed along the opposition's 5m line until it reached debutant Charlie Boyes to power over and dot down. Phil Baldwin duly converted to take the score to 0-17 and bring about the half time whistle.

Eastleigh started the 2nd half as they finished the first, completely dominating their opponents in every facet of the game. A series of penalties were awarded on the Bognor 5m line, and Captain Paul Fudio elected for the scrum. Eastleigh drove hard for the line, but the Bognor flanker disrupted the drive illegally and was shown a yellow card. Fudio again elected for the scrum, and with the man advantage Eastleigh drove hard for the line. The scrum splintered again, but Fudio was able to gather and dive over the line for Eastleigh's 3rd try. Phil Baldwin added the extra 2 to make the score 0-24.

The home side were tiring and offering little opposition to the strong running of Eastleigh's fitter players. A cross field kick found its way to Ash Holland, who was able to step his way through a flat footed defence and dive over for the 4th and bonus point try. Again Baldwin converted to make the score 0-31.

Eastleigh's forwards were making hard yards with the ball in hand, and quickly recycled ball was giving the back line an easy time of running at tired Bognor defenders. Ash Holland was able to hit a gap in the defence following a pass from another debutant in Dan Sullivan, and step past the fullback to score his 2nd and Eastleigh's 5th try. The extra 2 was added by Baldwin to increase the score to 0-38.

Eastleigh's 6th try was the best of the day, as Rich O'Donnell hit a strong line through the centre of defence, offloaded the ball in the tackle to Dave Craddock, who drew the defender to pass to Hallam Bourton leaving a 2 on 1 against the final defender. Bourton drew the last defender and passed to Tom Willoughby who dived over the line to score. The try was converted by Baldwin to bring the score to 0-45 with only minutes remaining.

Eastleigh had time for 1 last try, as Ash Holland scythed through the defence working his way past defenders towards the line, and despite 3 would be tacklers hanging off him, he was able to drive over the line for his hat-trick and Eastleigh's 7th try. Jon Lynch added the conversion to leave the final score at 0-52.

This was a complete performance from Eastleigh despite the difficult conditions, and showed their intention for the new season.

Eastleigh's Man of the Match was Rich O'Donnell.

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Eastleigh 20-8 Trojans RFC
1st May 2016

Eastleigh secured their 2nd Hampshire Bowl trophy in 2 years against local rivals Trojans in front of a bumper crowd at Bishopstoke Road.

A powerful driving maul from the forwards dragged in the visiting defence, Phil Baldwin threw a long miss pass to Jack Curtis to dot down unopposed for the opening points. The conversion was missed to leave the score 5-0.

Eastleigh were playing strong with ball in hand, and a series of pick and go plays was disrupted illegally by the Trojans defence to gift Eastleigh an easy 3 points from the boot of Phil Baldwin.

A sweeping team move from left to right exposed a mismatch on the right wing, with Ash Holland diving over to score Eastleigh's 2nd try. The conversion was scored by Phil Baldwin to extend Eastleigh's lead to 15-0.

Eastleigh defended fiercely for the remainder of the half to keep Trojans at bay, and ended the half 15-0.

Trojans came back strong in the 2nd half, and an offside infringement in the midfield gave the visitors a shot at goal to score their first points to make the score 15-3.

The score seemed to give the visitors the boost they needed, and quickly recycled ball at the breakdown culminated in the Trojans' wing diving over in the corner for their first try. The conversion was missed to leave the score 15-8.

Trojans brought on a number of changes, but Eastleigh's dogged attitude and will to win shone through against the fresh opposition. Eastleigh came close to scoring in the left corner, pulling the visiting defence towards the breakdown. This exposed the defence out wide, and quickly spun ball found its way to Ben White to run through a large gap and dive over for Eastleigh's 3rd try. The conversion was missed to leave the score at 20-8.

Eastleigh dug in against the onslaught of powerful running, and heroic defence kept the visitors scrambling for options. With time ticking away, a looping Hail Mary pass was thrown by the Trojans' 10, which was almost intercepted by a leaping Ian Scott, only for the ball to be knocked on bringing about the final whistle.

The players and large crowd of supporters cheered the 20-8 Eastleigh victory as Captain Paul Fudio stepped up to receive the Hampshire Bowl from Hampshire President Ian Kerr.

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Eastleigh 16-12 Old Mid-Whitgiftian RFC
23rd Apr 2016

Eastleigh fought with heart and passion to produce the victory needed to guarantee regional league rugby at Bishopstoke Road next season.

Eastleigh started strong from the kick-off and ferocious defending left the visitors with few options. Eastleigh were unlucky to not score when Phil Baldwin found a gap in the midfield to scythe through and leave the visitors chasing shadows. The long pass to the left wing was dropped with the try line begging.

A turnover inside the visitors' half was moved wide quickly, and Paul Fudio was able to power over for the opening score. The conversion was scored by Phil Baldwin to give Eastleigh a 7-0 lead.

Eastleigh continued the pressure in attack, forcing Old Mids into a series of breakdown infringements. Phil Baldwin took advantage of a penalty near the Old Mids posts to kick Eastleigh into a 10-0 lead.

The home side were looking good for the win, with powerful rucking and quick ball creating a potent threat.
A further infringement at the breakdown gave Phil Baldwin the opportunity to attempt a 30m drop goal. The ball sailed between the posts to give Eastleigh a 13-0 lead at half time.

Old Mids rallied themselves, and from a well worked move, the visiting winger was able to dive over in the right corner to score. The conversion was missed to leave the score 13-5.

Eastleigh looked rattled by the try that had looked unlikely from the 1st half performance. The Old Mids 10 kicked a high ball which was allowed to bounce, wrong footing the Eastleigh defence, for the on rushing Old Mids centre to gather and dive over for their 2nd try. The conversion was scored to close the gap to 13-12.

Eastleigh had to dig deep to settle the nerves and grind out the win they so desperately needed.

A strong attacking play gave Eastleigh what looked to be a clear scoring opportunity, only for the play to be stopped illegally by the opposition. Paul Fudio opted to kick for goal, which Phil Baldwin duly converted to increase Eastleigh's lead to 16-12.

With time ticking away, Eastleigh kept the ball in hand, and again forced the visitors into a breakdown infringement. With 30 seconds left on the clock, Eastleigh opted for the kick at goal. The kick was put marginally wide but sailed over the dead ball line to bring about the final whistle.

The final score was 16-12 to Eastleigh and guaranteed survival in London 3 SW.

Eastleigh's Man of the Match was Phil Baldwin.

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Old Tiffinians RFC 20-7 Eastleigh
16th Apr 2016

Eastleigh produced a hard fought performance away at Old Tiffinians, but it wasn't quite enough to secure the victory needed.

Eastleigh started strong from the kick off and put the home side under pressure.
A wild pass from the Old Tiff's 10 was intercepted by Paul Fudio, who raced from 40m to dive over for the opening score. Matt Blackman added the extra 2 to make the score 0-7 to Eastleigh.

Eastleigh maintained the pressure and begun a powerful driving maul from the line out to come close to the Old Tiffs line which was stopped illegally. Eastleigh opted for another line out from the penalty, and came close to scoring only for a penalty to be awarded to the home side for a supporting player going off his feet.

The home side were able to clear deep down field, and from the resulting attacking play, were awarded a penalty for an offside infringement in midfield. The home side kicked for goal, making the score 3-7.

The rest of the half played out much the same way, with Eastleigh undone by giving too many penalties away for offside infringements in the midfield. This gave the home side easy scoring position, which the 10 easily converted on two occasions to make the score 9-7 at half time.

Eastleigh had chances to score, but poor decision making stopped any chance of putting the visitors into the lead.

2 further penalties were scored by the Old Tiffs 10 to make the score 15-7 with time running out.

Despite the penalties, Eastleigh's defence had held strong for much of the game, however a well worked wrap around move gave the home side winger a gap out wide to race for the line, evade the last defender and dive over to score the home side's first try. The conversion was missed to leave the score 20-7.

Eastleigh continued to push hard for a further score, but the ball was dropped to relieve the pressure on the home side.

One final attack gave Eastleigh the space out wide, but the final pass was dropped to bring an end to the game. The final result was a 20-7 victory for Old Tiffinians.

Eastleigh's Man of the Match was Pete Noonan.

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Eastleigh 7-14 Trojans RFC
2nd Apr 2016

Eastleigh hosted local rivals Trojans on a sunny April afternoon that begun with a lot of promise. Eastleigh made hard yards from the kick-off, with Tom Willoughby finding a hole in the defence to put the home side on the front foot. A poorly placed kick relieved the pressure on the visitors, who were able to gather and put the ball back in Eastleigh's half.

Trojans put the home side under increasing pressure with the ball in hand. Eastleigh lost Ruari Andrews to a yellow card after illegally bringing down a Trojans driving maul from the line out. While down to 14 men, Trojans managed to exploit the extra man with a well worked wrap around move to put the winger over unopposed in the corner. The conversion was scored from the touch line to make the score 0-7 to the visitors.

Eastleigh attempted to put a scoring play together, but were found wanting by the resolute Trojans defence. In a carbon copy of the opening score, the Trojans 10 put in a loop pass to draw the last defender and offload to the winger to score in the right corner. The conversion was made to leave the half time score at 0-14.

Eastleigh started the 2nd half with increased impetus, but wayward passing and poor decision making proved to be their downfall. A penalty for an offside infringement gave Eastleigh the opportunity for an attacking line out deep in the Trojans half. From a powerful driving maul, Eastleigh were able to suck in the Trojans defence to create a gap for Pete Noonan to exploit, evading 3 defenders to score under the posts. Phil Baldwin converted the score to cut Trojans' lead to 7-14.

This seemed to give the home side the boost needed. Another strong driving maul drew in the visiting defence, and quick hands out wide found a 2 on 1 on the left wing. Matt Blackman was able to draw the last defender and offload to Rich O'Donnell to score on the left wing, only for the referee to call the play back for a forward pass.

Trojans were able to clear their lines from the resulting scrum, and Eastleigh were not able to get back close to the visitors' line. With time up on the clock, Trojans were able to kick the ball into touch, bringing about the final whistle. The final score was 7-14.

Eastleigh's Man of the Match was Ruari Andrews in his last game for Eastleigh before returning home.

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Fordingbridge RFC 8-66 Eastleigh
12th Mar 2016

Eastleigh produced a try scoring feast for the travelling support at Fordingbridge to reach the Hampshire Bowl final.

Eastleigh showed their attacking intent immediately from the kick off. The ball was received by Paul Fudio, who then set off on a weaving run through the home defence. The inter passing between players took the visitors right to the try line, only for the ball to be lost forward in contact. Eastleigh were able to win back possession of the ball, and Jak Evans was able to dart over for the opening try. The conversion was scored by Phil Baldwin to make the score 0-7.

In the build up to the try, an early injury was sustained by Adam Gallagher who had to leave the field with a broken hand.

An offside infringement centre field gave Fordingbridge their first opportunity for points, and elected to kick a goal to make the score 3-7.

Eastleigh were showing the gulf between the county and regional leagues with hard running and fantastic offloads. A well worked phase on the right wing dragged in the home defence to create the space out wide for Jack Curtis to scythe through and dot down for Eastleigh's 2nd try.

Rich O'Donnell found himself on the wrong side of the law when he was shown a yellow card for an offside infringement at the line out.

Despite the man advantage, Fordingbridge seemed unable to prevent the onslaught of Eastleigh attack with ball in hand, and 3 further tries were scored in the 1st half by Matt Blackman and Jak Evans who brought up his hat-trick with 2 further scores. Phil Baldwin's kicking was faultless as all were converted, leaving the half time score at 3-35.

The 2nd half began much the same as the 1st had ended, with Eastleigh in complete superiority. Hard running lines from Andy King, Ruari Andrews and Rich O'Donnell put the home side on the back foot. As the defence tired, the gaps opened up wide for Jack Curtis to round the last defender to dot down for his 2nd try. The conversion was good, making the score 3-42.

Rich O'Donnell was able to break through the defence to create a simple 2 on 1, offloading to Jak Evans to run in unopposed for his 4th try. The conversion was missed to leave the score 3-47.

Again from the kick-off Eastleigh took advantage of poor tackling to put Ash Holland over for the visitors' 8th try.

Eastleigh were cruising, however following a yellow card shown to Jack Curtis for an infringement at the break down, switched off on a Fordingbridge attack to leave the right wing unmanned for the home side to score their 1st try. The conversion was missed to leave the score at 8-52.

Eastleigh had the last say with 2 further tries from Ruari Andrews and Rich O'Donnell, both converted by Phil Baldwin to make the final score 8-66.

Eastleigh's Man of the Match was Martin Kirby.

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Old Tonbridgians RFC 50-0 Eastleigh
20th Feb 2016

Eastleigh suffered their heaviest defeat of the season at a wet Old Deer Park against Old Tonbridgians.

There were moments of play where Eastleigh came close to scoring, however handling errors and poor decision making meant they ultimately left scoreless and empty handed.

There were 2 positives to take from the trip to Richmond, as Mark Winterhalder and Joe Smith made solid 1st XV debuts.

The final score didn't necessarily reflect the combative nature of the game, however the home side took advantage of all the opportunities presented and took the spoils at 50-0.

Eastleigh's Man of the Match was Adam Gallagher.

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Eastleigh 14-36 Camberley RFC
13th Feb 2016

Eastleigh had a valentine's weekend to forget against Camberley at Bishopstoke Road.

Eastleigh started well from the kick off, and were able to recover the ball directly from the kick, but as the ball was moved wide, Camberley were able to strip the ball and turn defence into attack.

The strong running Camberley centres punched holes in the Eastleigh midfield to create the space out wide for the visiting winger to open the scoring.

Eastleigh again pushed hard from the kick off but made too many unforced errors to turn any attacking intent immediately over to the opposition. The Camberley winger was able to weave his way through defence, only for a last ditch tackle from Adam Kidd to stop him scoring. However the ball was quickly recycled for the visiting centre to crash over the line for Camberley's 2nd try.
Phil Baldwin was able to charge down the conversion to leave the score 0-12.

This set the tone for the rest of the half, as Eastleigh found themselves racing back to stop the relentless Camberley attack. Paul Fudio was able to hit his opposite number hard from the kick off, however Camberley were able to recycle the ball and put Eastleigh on the back foot. 2 further tries in the first half gave the visitors the bonus point and what seemed a definite win, as the home side were unable to make any dent to the increasing lead. The half time score was 0-24.

The 2nd half kicked off much the same as the first with Eastleigh showing all the intent but none of the conviction as poor handling gave possession back to the visitors.

Camberley scored a 5th try to open the 2nd half scoring, again hitting hard lines to create space out wide. A 6th try followed shortly after, as a huge up and under was gathered by the on rushing centre to score under the posts. The conversion was made to leave Eastleigh in unusual territory being unable to score at home at 0-36.

A brief team talk under the posts told the Eastleigh players that pride was at stake, and this seemed to be the catalyst the home side needed. Ash Holland was able to make a lengthy run from inside his own half, weaving through the visiting defence, only to be held just short of the try line. Ben White was able to pick up the ball and dive over the line for Eastleigh's first points of the game. Phil Baldwin converted to make the score 7-36.

The Eastleigh forwards and backs started to combine well, and a perfectly weighted cross field kick from Phil Baldwin was gathered by James Pickett to score in the left corner. Baldwin added the extra 2 to make the score 14-36.

Eastleigh attempted one last attack on the Camberley line, however the ball was knocked on to bring about the final whistle.

Eastleigh were well beaten by a better side, but were left to feel disappointed at what might have been if they had played the whole match in the same way as the last 20 minutes.

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Millbrook RFC 6-27 Eastleigh
31st Jan 2016

Eastleigh played their 2nd game in 2 days with a Hampshire Bowl tie away at Hampshire 1 leaders Millbrook.

A combined side of 1st and 2nd XV players started well, but miscommunication led to a turn over in the middle of the field. A penalty for a breakdown infringement gave the home side the opening points. The Millbrook 10 was able to slot the ball between the posts to make the score 3-0.

Strong running from Chris Cove and James Pickett gave Eastleigh key attacking position, however a knock-on gave the home side a scrum on their own 5m line. As the ball was played back, powerful rucking by the visitors gave Ruari Andrews the simplest try scoring opportunity as he dived on the loose ball. The conversion was missed to make the score 3-5.

Eastleigh were in the ascendency, however another penalty at the breakdown gave the home side an easy shot at goal to make the score 6-5.

Despite pushing themselves into the lead, Millbrook had little attacking threat, and Eastleigh showed their higher league status when James Pickett was able to score a simple try on the right wing. Chris Cove drew the last defender and offloaded to Pickett to dive over and push Eastleigh back into the lead at 6-10. The conversion was missed to leave the half time score at 6-10.

Eastleigh began the 2nd half with the same hard running and strong rucking. A loose ball in the middle of the pitch was hacked on by Matt Blackman to outpace the defender to score Eastleigh's 3rd try. Again the conversion was missed to leave the score at 6-15.

Eastleigh kept the home side pinned back in their half, and a scrum close to the Millbrook try line led to Eastleigh's 4th try. Ruari Andrews scored his 2nd try after picking from the base of the scrum to run unopposed to the left corner. The conversion from the touch line was missed to leave the score at 6-20.

Eastleigh were playing the conditions well, kicking to the corners to keep the home side struggling for ideas. A perfectly timed dummy by Matt Blackman gave him the space to race down field. An offload off the floor found its way to Ian Scott, who was able to hold off the oncoming defender to scramble over the line to score Eastleigh's 5th try. The conversion was scored by Matt Blackman to make the score 6-27.

Knowing the game was won, Eastleigh were able to attempt some training ground moves that brought delight to the visiting support. However the final score remained 6-27, moving Eastleigh comfortably into the next round of the Hampshire Bowl.

Eastleigh's Man of the Match was Ruari Andrews.

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US Portsmouth RFC 20-19 Eastleigh
30th Jan 2016

Eastleigh lost out by a single point to a powerful US Portsmouth side on the 3G pitch at HMS Temeraire.

Eastleigh started slow and conceded a penalty for an offside infringement. The kick was scored by the USP scrum half to make the score 3-0.

Eastleigh began to put some strong passages of play together, with centre Tom Willoughby breaking the gain line to set up key attacking position. The ball was recycled on the USP 5m line and Ben White was able to push over for Eastleigh's opening try.
The try was converted by Phil Baldwin to make the score 3-7.

Eastleigh's tackling was poor in the midfield, allowing the powerful USP forwards to make yards. A quickly spun pass was caught out wide for the USP winger to dot down. The conversion was good, making the score 10-7

Despite making promising attacks, a series of handling errors and poor thinking meant no reward for Eastleigh.

Against the run of play, the home side were able to break out and scored wide of the posts. The conversion was missed to make the half time score 15-7.

The 2nd half started more promising for the visitors, and a well worked chip over the defence was gathered by Paul Fudio to score under the posts. Phil Baldwin added the extra 2 with the conversion to make the score 15-14.

Eastleigh paid the price for poor tackling when the USP winger was able to stretch out his hand to score in the right corner, despite the covering tackle. The conversion was missed to leave the score at 20-14.

The balance of the game was swinging one way then the other, and a strong run out wide by Sam Prout allowed him to power over the defending winger to score in the corner. The conversion was missed to leave Eastleigh 1 point behind at 20-19.

Eastleigh seemed to be in the ascendency following the last score. A cross field kick from Phil Baldwin was gathered by James Pickett wide on the right. He raced clear of the oncoming defender, chipped over and caught on the run, only to be held up by a perfectly timed covering tackle.

Eastleigh were awarded the scrum, and were able to force a penalty. Eastleigh elected to take a shot at goal to put them into the lead, however the kick was pushed marginally wide.

USP were able to ride out the final few seconds to clear the ball, bringing about the final whistle. The final score was 20-19.

Eastleigh's Man of the Match was Tom Willoughby.

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Eastleigh 38-12 New Milton and District RFC
23rd Jan 2016

Eastleigh made it two wins in a row with a comprehensive 38-12 victory over Hampshire rivals New Milton at Bishopstoke Road.

Eastleigh were keen to build on their powerful performance against Farnham, and started much the same against New Milton. Powerful ruck play didn't allow the visiting players anywhere near the ball, and strong running from Martin Kirby and Tom Willoughby resulted in a penalty for Eastleigh, as the visitors gave away an infringement at the breakdown.

Eastleigh elected for the shot at goal, but it was pushed marginally wide by Phil Baldwin. From the subsequent kick return, Eastleigh mounted a strong attack down the right flank. The ball was moved left quickly for Paul Fudio to score the opening try. The conversion was scored by Phil Baldwin to make the score 7-0.

The Eastleigh pack were retaining the ball well, and a powerful surge down field by John Williams gave the home side prime attacking position deep in the New Milton half. Jak Evans was able to pick from the back of the ruck, brush off the oncoming defender and dot down for Eastleigh's 2nd try. Phil Baldwin added the extras to make the score 14-0.

Eastleigh were looking comfortable, however a yellow card for Dan Achilles reduced the home side to 14 players. New Milton had the man advantage, and a missed tackle out wide on an attack, allowed the winger to run through broken defence from 70 metres out to score the visitors 1st try. The try was converted making the score 14-7.

Eastleigh looked rattled, and shortly after another attacking play down the right wing by New Milton, the visiting scrum half was able to step the oncoming defender and score their 2nd try. The conversion was missed to leave the score 14-12.

The momentary blip had proved costly, so Eastleigh went back to basics, running hard lines in the forwards to suck in the New Milton defence to create the space out wide. Martin Kirby was able to exploit the space, finding a gap in the defence to dive over for Eastleigh's 3rd try. The conversion was missed to leave the score 19-12.

An infringement at the breakdown gave Eastleigh the opportunity to attack from 5 metres out from the New Milton try line. The ball was cleanly taken, and from the ensuing driving maul, Ben White was able to score Eastleigh's 4th try, gifting the home side a bonus point. The conversion was missed, leaving the half time score at 24-12.

The 2nd half began much more evenly contested with both sides battling it out in the centre of the pitch. New Milton, desperate to avoid another defeat, were running hard lines, looking for a gap, however the Eastleigh defence held firm.

Substitute Jamie Richards was shown a yellow card for multiple team offences at the breakdown as Eastleigh fought doggedly to keep the visiting attack at bay.

The 2nd half deadlock was broken when Matt Blackman was able to score on the right wing from a training ground move off the back of the scrum. The conversion was scored by Phil Baldwin to the make the score 31-12.

The 6th and final try was scored by Ash Holland, who was able to take advantage of space on the left wing, after Eastleigh's attacking play had dragged the New Milton defence from one side of the pitch to the other. The conversion was scored by Phil Baldwin to make the final score 38-12.

Eastleigh's Man of the Match was Adam Kidd.

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Eastleigh 8-0 Farnham RUFC
16th Jan 2016

Eastleigh made amends for a loss away at Farnham earlier in the season with a hard fought victory at home.

Eastleigh started the stronger, with ferocious rucking keeping the Farnham defence on the back foot. A series of penalties by the visitors gave Eastleigh the platform to set up a number of attacks deep in the Farnham 22.
Eastleigh made the breakthrough and scored the opening points when Dan Achilles powered over the line to ground the ball. The conversion was missed to leave the score 5-0.

The remainder of the half was evenly contested, with Eastleigh shutting out the Farnham attack, and a number of mistakes stopping the Eastleigh attack from reaping any further reward.

Eastleigh began the 2nd half with the same ferocity as the first, and managed to force a penalty at the breakdown. Phil Baldwin converted to push Eastleigh further in to the lead at 8-0.

Eastleigh pushed hard for a further score but the muddy conditions led to a number of handling errors, gifting possession back to the visitors.

Eastleigh's defence stayed strong, with a last ditch tackle from Martin Kirby preventing a definite score.

With the clock ticking away, the visitors pushed hard to avoid a shut out, but Eastleigh's defence held firm to the final whistle. The final score was 8-0.

The Man of the Match was flanker Rich O’Donnell.

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Battersea Ironsides RFC 33-14 Eastleigh
9th Jan 2016

Eastleigh started the 2nd half of the season with a tough fixture away to Battersea at Rosslyn Park's 4G pitch.
The opening 10 minutes was evenly contested with the 4G pitch allowing for fast flowing rugby. The home side opened the scoring when the centre was able to step through a gap in the Eastleigh defence to dot down just wide of the posts. The conversion was scored to make the score
7-0.

Eastleigh began to play a more coordinated attack, and a cross field kick from Phil Baldwin was gathered by Adam Gallagher to score on the right wing. The try was converted by Phil Baldwin to level the score at 7-7.

Phil Baldwin had the opportunity to put Eastleigh into the lead at half time with a penalty, but the kick was missed bringing the first half to a close.

Eastleigh found the line out was working effectively at the beginning of the 2nd half, and a driving maul on the 5 metre line was grounded by Jamie Richards to put Eastleigh into the lead 7-14.

A series of pick and goes by the Battersea forwards opened a hole in the Eastleigh defence for the flanker to score. The try was converted to level the score at 14-14.

Battersea began to play a much more free flowing game and Eastleigh found themselves on the back foot. A series of pick and goes allowed the Battersea 2nd row to ground the ball, putting the home side back into the lead. The conversion was missed to make the score 19-14.

Eastleigh pushed hard for another score but were found wanting by the hard working Battersea side, who were able to score 2 further tries in the final 10 minutes. Both tries were converted to make the final score 33-14.

Eastleigh's Man of the Match was Ruari Andrews who played 60minutes at prop following an injury to Nic Blake.

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Trojans RFC 5-15 Eastleigh
2nd Jan 2016

Eastleigh started 2016 with a well deserved win away at local rivals Trojans. The rearranged fixture drew a bumper crowd, and there was a buzz of excitement around the pitch at kick off.

Eastleigh started the stronger, however a breakdown infringement gave the Trojans' 10 a shot a goal. The kick was pushed wide to let the visitors of the hook.

A number of penalties at the scrum gave Eastleigh opportune attacking position, and a well worked driving maul led to the opening points. Stu Mason was able to drive over to give Eastleigh the lead. The conversion was narrowly missed, making the score 0-5.

Eastleigh continued the attacking pressure with ball in hand, and a perfectly weighted cross field kick from Phil Baldwin, gave Adam Gallagher an easy score on the left wing. The conversion was missed, making the half time score 0-10 to Eastleigh.

Eastleigh started the 2nd half slow, and a counter attack from Trojans led to a try on the right wing. The conversion was missed, making the score 5-10.

The breakaway try galvanised the visitors and the rest of the game was played in the Trojans 22. The Eastleigh pack attempted to maintain dominance, but the boggy conditions meant for difficult scrums. A penalty was awarded for the Trojans prop dropping his bind. Rich O'Donnell took a quick tap-and-go to dive over the try line. The conversion was missed to make the score 5-15.

Trojans attempted to mount one last attack, however the chip over was gathered by Jack Curtis to kick into touch and end the game.

The final score was 5-15 to Eastleigh.

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Eastleigh 14-21 Old Tiffinians RFC
19th Dec 2015

Eastleigh were unable to secure themselves an early Christmas present as they lost to Old Tiffinians at Bishopstoke Road.

The visitors were quickest out of the blocks and an offside infringement at the breakdown gave the Old Tiffs' 10 an easy shot a goal for 3 points.

Eastleigh started to use the line out to effect and a powerful driving maul edged close to the visitors' try line. Rich O'Donnell charged over the try line, however the referee ruled that the ball was held up.

Eastleigh maintained the pressure, and following a well driven scrum, Paul Fudio was able to drive over the line for a try. The conversion was made by Phil Baldwin to make the score 7-3.

The Old Tiffs 10 was kicking the ball with great accuracy, pinning Eastleigh back in their half. A turnover deep in the Eastleigh 22 was spun wide, and the bouncing pass rose perfectly into the winger's hands to score in the corner. The conversion was missed, leaving the score 7-8.

2 further penalties were awarded for infringements by Eastleigh players at the breakdown, gifting the visiting 10 an extra 6 points going into half time.
The half time score was 7-14.

The 2nd half opened just as the 1st half left off, with the visiting team in the ascendency, attacking deep in the Eastleigh half. A well worked move, found the Old Tiffs centre in acres of space for him to canter unopposed to the try line. The try was converted to make the score 7-21.

Eastleigh began to put some strong passages of play together, and a well worked move gave Rich O'Donnell the space out wide to score Eastleigh's 2nd try. Phil Baldwin converted to make the score 14-21.

Eastleigh were now playing all the possession and looked like levelling the scores from a driving maul, however the ball was held up as the maul crossed the line. The subsequent scrum was lost and the visitors cleared their lines.

Eastleigh were then reduced to 14 men, when Dan Achilles was shown a yellow card for attempting to move the offside player on the floor with his boot.

Despite being a player short, Eastleigh looked as if they would level the scores, but a combination of dropped passes and poor thinking meant they were unable to cross the try line.

Old Tiffs were able to clear the ball, and the final whistle signalled the end of the game.
The final score was 14-21 to Old Tiffinians.

Eastleigh's Man of the Match was Captain Paul Fudio for his all round impressive performance.

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Eastleigh 10-0 Teddington RFC
5th Dec 2015

Eastleigh ground out a hard fought win over Teddington in difficult conditions at Bishopstoke Road.

Eastleigh began the first half in promising fashion with a number of powerful driving mauls and close quarter play. A powerful driving maul in the Teddington half was stopped cynically giving Eastleigh a penalty in front of the posts. The strong wind caused Matt Blackman's kick to drift wide of the upright leaving the score at 0-0.

Captain Paul Fudio found himself on the wrong side of the law for an off the ball incident, and was shown a yellow card by the referee.

With Eastleigh down to 14 men, a controversial decision led to a further yellow card for the home side when Adam Kidd was sent to the sin bin for an offside infringement at the breakdown.

Despite down to 13 players, Eastleigh's defence held firm and had the better of the possession, but were unable to take any reward from their efforts.
The half time score was 0-0.

Eastleigh kicked off the 2nd half with a full complement of players, and showed attacking intent with some strong set piece play.

Repeated infringements by the Teddington front row deep in their half gave Eastleigh the platform to set up an attacking move, that led to debutant Jak Evans powering over for the opening try.
The conversion was missed, again the strong wind taking its toll.

The opening points of the game seemed to be the boost Eastleigh needed. Another well worked move between forwards and backs, led to Martin Kirby powering over for Eastleigh's 2nd try. Matt Blackman was unable to add the extra 2 making the score 10-0 to Eastleigh.

With the final seconds ticking away, Teddington were awarded a number of quick tap penalties, however the Eastleigh defence stood firm and a stripped ball was put in to touch to bring about the final whistle.
The final score was 10-0 to Eastleigh.

Man of the Match was Matt Blackman, who put in a strong performance at 10.

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Purley John Fisher RFC 0-42 Eastleigh
21st Nov 2015


Eastleigh made light of the cold and windy conditions at Purley to run out 42-0 winners.

Eastleigh started strong straight from the kick-off to put Purley under pressure. Early tries from Jack Curtis and Ash Holland, with 1 converted by Russell Smith set the tone for things to come.

A well placed chip from Phil Baldwin bounced perfectly into the hands of James Pickett to touch down for Eastleigh's 3rd try to make the score 17-0.

A cleverly taken quick tap and go penalty by Ben White gave Eastleigh the bonus point with 10 minutes to go of the 1st half.

Eastleigh rounded off the 1st half with a 5th try and 2nd for Ash Holland. Another chip through from Phil Baldwin was met by Ash, who used some neat footballing skills to kick the ball to bounce up into his hands to dot down under the posts.
The conversion was missed to make the half time score 27-0 to Eastleigh.

The 2nd half started much the same way as the 1st. Eastleigh's strong pack dominated the home side forcing a number of penalties to push Purley deep into their own half.

A 2nd try for Jack Curtis was followed up with a 7th try overall, when Eastleigh's scrum drove over the line to allow Paul Fudio to dot the ball down to make the score 37-0.

The 8th and final try was scored by Will Todd who raced clear of the defence following a well worked backline move. The final score was 42-0.

Man of the Match was awarded to Tom Nixon who had travelled from Guernsey to make his 1st XV league debut.

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Eastleigh 18-13 Old Tonbridgians RFC
14th Nov 2015

Eastleigh put a poor performance against Camberley last week behind them with a hard fought victory over Old Tonbridgians RFC at Bishopstoke Road.

The opening passage of play was all about the visitors and a missed tackle in the midfield allowed the OTs centre to score just wide of the posts. The try was converted to make the score in the opening 5 minutes 0-7 to the visitors.

Eastleigh started to put some strong passages of play together, however a breakdown infringement gifted OTs with an easy 3 points to make the score 0-10.

Eastleigh composed themselves and strong driving mauls allowed Rich O'Donnell to run unopposed through the OTs line to score Eastleigh's first points. The try was converted by Russell Smith to make the score 7-10.

Eastleigh were in the ascendancy and another strong attacking play off a well worked set piece provided Rich O'Donnell with the the chance to run at a broken OTs defence to power over for his 2nd try. The conversion was missed to make the half time score 12-10 to the home side.

The 2nd half belonged to Eastleigh, running hard against a tiring OTs, however another breakdown infringement provided the visiting fly half with a simple 3 point penalty to make the score 12-13.

Eastleigh pushed hard for a 3rd try but were unlucky to have hooker Stu Mason sin binned for taking the law into his own hands to move an opposition player killing the ball.

Eastleigh looked the better side throughout and were rewarded with a penalty goal which was successfully converted by Russell Smith to make the score 15-13 to Eastleigh.

With a few minutes remaining, Eastleigh found themselves deep in the opposition half. The promising attacking play was stopped illegally gifting Russell Smith with another easy 3 points.

The final score was 18-13 to Eastleigh.

Man of the Match was awarded to John Williams.

Thanks to Adam Kidd for this report.

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Camberley RFC 33-13 Eastleigh
7th Nov 2015

Eastleigh travelled to Camberley in a match that could kick-start the top of the table challenge for either team. The weather, like David Cameron's face when asked if he likes pork-scratchings, was blustery and wet. In short, it looked like a good day for forwards rugby.

The match started with both sides contesting quickly and with force, it was Camberley who got the first points on the board though with and unconverted try. Leaving the score 5-0 early on.

Following some dogged defence and quick attack from Eastleigh, during a period in which Camberley had a man yellow carded for taking out Rich O'Donnell in the air (not something we'd recommend trying). In this period of play 3 penalties were awarded to Eastleigh, unfortunately unable to capitalise, none made it over. The score remaining at 5-0 after 25 minutes.

Repeated infringements from Eastleigh eventually led to a penalty for Camberley in front of the posts which was kicked taking the score to 8-0.

Handling errors in the poor conditions, and some wayward kicking from both sides kept the score low in the first half. But with increased tenacity and strength from forward play, and some good breaks from the backs, Eastleigh worked their way up the pitch and back into the game. They earned a penalty which was converted by Russ Smith, to make the score 8-3 at half time. Eastleigh were playing the better rugby in the windy conditions, with good defence and the set-pieces going well.

Early in the 2nd half Eastleigh had prop Dan Achilles yellow carded for repeated team infringements. And with the sun threatening to make an appearance, the game opened up with some good running rugby from the backs of both teams, whilst the Eastleigh forwards were showing that they were capable of dominating the scrum and lineouts.

Unfortunately, Eastleigh were unable to take advantage of the possession they had, with only a single 3 point penalty, kicked by Russ Smith, going to Eastleigh in the first 25 minutes of the 2nd half. Despite making good ground when they had the ball, Eastleigh were unable to break down a good Camberley defence.

Camberley, conversely hit their running lines hard, and with help from some missed tackles from Eastleigh and some good offloads, were able to run in two unanswered second half tries.

Eastleigh managed a late try with 15 minutes to go, using their dominance in the set piece and showing good control from all the forwards, number 8 and captain Paul Fudio dotted down from a driven scrum from 5 meters out.

Two late tries from Camberley made the scoreline look more one-sided than the match was, with the final score 33-13. Eastleigh will work hard on the areas lacking against Camberley and look to bounce back at home next week to get their season back on track.

Thanks to Jon Lamb for this report.

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Eastleigh 22-17 US Portsmouth RFC
24th Oct 2015

Eastleigh registered consecutive wins for the first time this season with victory over U.S. Portsmouth at Bishopstoke Road.

Eastleigh started slow and were caught out when the USP centre found a gap in the midfield to score the opening try under the posts. The try was converted to make the score 0-7 to the visitors.

An offside infringement in the midfield made the opening half worse for Eastleigh and the score was quickly increased to 0-10.

Eastleigh began to wake up and put together some strong attacking moves which was ended cynically, giving Phil Baldwin an easy shot at goal to make the score 3-10.

A penalty was awarded close to the visitor's goal line and captain Paul Fudio elected for the scrum. The stronger Eastleigh pack drove over the line allowing Paul Fudio to score Eastleigh's opening try. The conversion was missed to make the score 8-10 at half time.

Eastleigh sensed that USP were starting to tire and starved them of the ball. Repeated infringements close to the opposition gave Phil Baldwin two successful penalty kicks to send Eastleigh into the lead and extend the score to 14-10.

A width of the field move found its way to Andy King in the middle of the pitch. He drew the opposition centre, and offloaded to Jack Curtis who drew the winger, and offloaded to Will Orson to run unopposed to the try line to score Eastleigh's 2nd try in the right corner.
The conversion was missed to make the score 19-10.

A further breakdown infringement in the opposition half gave Phil Baldwin another successful penalty kick at goal to make the score 22-10 to Eastleigh.

With the seconds ticking away, USP were able to get close to the home try line. A series of driving mauls ended with the USP hooker driving over the line to score a consolation try. The final score was 22-17.

Man of the Match was Sean Hayes.

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New Milton and District RFC 17-41 Eastleigh
10th Oct 2015

Eastleigh got back to winning ways with an impressive 41-17 win over Hampshire Rivals New Milton.

Eastleigh started well and put the New Milton defence under pressure forcing a penalty at the breakdown for an offside infringement. Phil Baldwin kicked the penalty to make the score 0-3.

Strong attacking play from both the forwards and backs ended with Sam Prout crashing over in the left corner. Phil Baldwin converted to make the score 0-10 to the visitors.

Eastleigh switched off in defence and allowed New Milton back into the game with a pick and go try to make the score 7-10.

Eastleigh ran strongly from depth back at the New Milton line, and created space out wide for Rich O'Donnell to score a simple try. The half time whistle sounded with the score at 7-15 to Eastleigh.

Eastleigh received the ball from the kick off and played some effective moves ending with Matt Blackman driving over the opposition winger to score a try out wide, making the score 7-22.

As has been common in Eastleigh's games this season, the defence switched off again allowing New Milton to score a try under the posts. The score was 12-22.

A training ground move ended with Pete Noonan offloading to Captain Paul Fudio to crash over the line to make the score 12-27. The try was converted by Phil Baldwin to add the extra 2.

New Milton came back strong and after consecutive driving moves around the breakdown, the New Milton flanker crashed over the line to make the score 17-29.

Following the 3rd New Milton try, Eastleigh were read their rights under the posts by Head Coach Phil Osman and set out to not concede any further points.

Strong running put Eastleigh deep in opposition territory and a wide spun pass put Rich O'Donnell over for his 2nd try to make the score 17-34.

Eastleigh were now enjoying themselves and strong running from both forwards and backs culminated in Nic Blake scoring unopposed just wide of the posts. Phil Baldwin converted to make the final score 17-41 to Eastleigh.

The man of the match was wing Sam Prout.

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Farnham RUFC 15-5 Eastleigh
3rd Oct 2015

Eastleigh 1st XV lost their second game of the season on the road against Farnham RFC.

Eastleigh kicked off into the sun putting Farnham under pressure, however a promising attacking move was cut short with a wayward drop goal attempt.

Eastleigh were able to put Farnham under pressure again with strong attacking play forcing a penalty. The subsequent kick at goal was missed.

Farnham's attacking line woke up, and with strong runners coming from depth were able to force an infringement at the breakdown giving their kicker an easy 3 points to open the scoring.

Farnham were able to continue their attack and starve Eastleigh of the ball. A powerful rolling maul from a line out on the Eastleigh 5m line ended with the referee awarding a converted try, despite the scorer being held up in the tackle.

Eastleigh were unable to make any successful inroads towards the Farnham line and the half time score was 10-0 to the hosts.

Eastleigh started the 2nd half strongly and a powerful running line and grubber kick from substitute Ben White forced the Farnham winger to put the ball down over his own try line to give Eastleigh an attacking scrum.

The powerful Eastleigh scrum drove hard for a pushover try, however the referee awarded a penalty for the Farnham prop popping up. Eastleigh captain Paul Fudio elected for a scrum and from the subsequent drive, he picked and drove over the line to score Eastleigh's first points. The conversion was missed to make the score 10-5.

The try gave Eastleigh the impetus they needed to play a hard forward dominated game. A strong line from John Williams just outside the Farnham 22 led to him brushing off 2 defenders to crash over the try line, however a delayed decision by the referee after much protestation from the hosts disallowed the try for having blocked a Farnham defender.

Eastleigh maintained their attack, however a loose pass in the midfield led to the Farnham winger collecting the dropped ball and running the length of the field to score.

Eastleigh had one final opportunity to score a consolation try, however the ball was dropped in the tackle ending the game.

The final score was 15-5 to Farnham.

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Eastleigh 17-16 Battersea Ironsides RFC
26th Sep 2015

Eastleigh ground out a dogged victory at home to Battersea Ironsides in their first home game of the season.

Eastleigh stepped out at Bishopstoke Road determined to make amends for the defeat in the opening game at Old Mids, but were caught by a strict offside ruling gifting the Battersea fly half 3 points in front of the posts.

Strong attacking play from Eastleigh pinned Battersea back in their own 22, and following a number of effective pick & go moves, Pete Noonan drew the last defender on the short side and offloaded to Russ Smith to score in the corner. The conversion was missed to make the score 5-3.

Eastleigh fell foul of a number of breakdown infringements, and another penalty from the Battersea fly half made the score 5-6.

A poor kick return led to a charge down giving Battersea the ball deep in Eastleigh's half. Strong defence on the goal line kept Battersea at bay, however constant pressure gave the Battersea winger a try out wide.
The conversion was good, making the half time score 5-13.

Another breakdown infringement gave Battersea another successful penalty making the score 5-16.

Despite the score line, Eastleigh sensed that the Battersea players were tiring. Some strong running from Sean Hayes, Adam Kidd and Martin Kirby set Eastleigh up with an attacking opportunity deep in the Battersea half.
Phil Baldwin spotted a mismatch on the wing and put a cross field kick to the left corner. James Pickett was clear through to score but an illegal tackle off the ball left the referee with no choice but to award the penalty try to Eastleigh. Pete Noonan converted to make the score 12-16.

Eastleigh were in the ascendency and camped on the Battersea try line, but were unable to make the breakthrough. A number of pick & goes around the breakdown gave Phil Baldwin the chance to unlock a gap in the defensive line and powered over to give Eastleigh the lead and victory with the last play of the game.

Peter Noonan missed the conversion to make the final score 17-16

The man of the match was Dan Achilles.

The weekend wasn’t over however. Both our 2XV and 3XV won their matches with or Seconds beating Havant 57 – 7 at home and our Thirds beating Chineham 17 – 31 away. Great weekend for the Club!

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Old Mid-Whitgiftian RFC 27-17 Eastleigh
19th Sep 2015

Eastleigh lost their opening match of the 2015/2016 season after a hard fought game in Croydon against Old Mid-Whitgiftians.

The opening 10 minutes was all Eastleigh, with strong running from Arron Enock and Dave Craddock. A fantastic attacking move down the right wing ended with Russell Smith scoring in the corner, only for the touch judge to disallow the try believing a foot had been placed in touch.
The home side galvanised after this early scare and after some poor tackling attempts on strong runners from depth, the Old Mids 2nd row was able to find a gap in the defence and gallop under the posts for the opening try. The try was converted from in front of the posts.

The Old Mids 10 kept Eastleigh pegged back in their half, and a gutsy running play from inside the Eastleigh 22, led to a dropped pass which the Old Mids 2nd row gathered to score his 2nd try in the corner. A tough kick from the corner gave Old Mids the extra 2 points to make the score 14-0.

Eastleigh did not lose heart and from a won line out close to the Old Mids line, the driving maul allowed Stu Mason to ground the ball for Eastleigh's first points. The conversion was added by Phil Baldwin.

The half time score was 14-7.

Eastleigh went into the 2nd half with a dogged determination to put the first half mistakes behind them, and was showing the more attacking threat against a tiring Old Mids. A training ground move pulled the defence from one side to the other, giving Will Todd the space to score just wide of the posts. The conversion was missed but brought Eastleigh within one score of taking the lead at 14-12.

Eastleigh were in the ascendency however infringements around the breakdown allowed Old Mids to kick a penalty to make the score 17-12.

A moment of inspiration from the Old Mids number 8 gave them an additional 3 points from a 40m drop goal which just carried over the posts to make the score 20-12.
Eastleigh tried again and again to get across the Old Mids line, however dropped passes and knock ons meant they were not able to turn the possession into points.

A breakaway move from a loose kick, allowed the Old Mids winger to evade a number of tackles before rounding the Eastleigh fullback and scoring under the posts. The try was converted to bring the score to 27-12.

With 10 minutes to go, Eastleigh had to dig deep and look within themselves to take some dignity from this match and through strong running were able to end the game with debutant Will Orson scoring in the right corner.

The conversion was missed to make the final score 27-17.

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Purley John Fisher RFC 0-50 Eastleigh
11th Apr 2015

Match Report by Josh Devereux (ERFC U12’s player)

EASTLEIGH PUNISH PURLEY

EASTLEIGH RFC CAME OUT ON TOP AGAINST PURLEY JOHN FISHER IN AN INCREDIBLE 50-0 VICTORY IN WHICH TURNED OUT TO BE A GLORIOUS LAST MATCH FOR COACH ANDY BOYES

Eastleigh went into the match on the back of an impressive victory last time out against table-toppers Andover. Whereas Purley John Fisher embarrassed Ellingham and Ringwood with an impressive 50-8 victory. With Eastleigh currently in 4th place and Purley John Fisher in 7th place, it's all to play for.
Eastleigh starting the game very quickly and instantly made the breakthrough. Full-back Jack Curtis, with some neat footwork and an excellent off-load to Sean Hayes who placed the ball under the posts. Phil Baldwin converted and Eastleigh were 7-0 up inside the first 20 minutes. Shortly after the try, Purley John Fisher recieved a yellow card for their no.6. With a front row consisting of Dan Achilles, Stu Mason and Adam Payne, Eastleigh were winning every scrum and ruck. However, that was affected when Adam Payne was sin binned. Before the end of the half, Eastleigh scored another try through a great combination between Jack Curtis and Adam Kidd the try scorer. Once again, Phil Baldwin converted.
Eastleigh went into the break leading 14-0.
The second half saw some great rugby including Sean Hayes at scrum-half and Russell Smith as second row. Soon, Eastleigh scored again and this time it was through Adam Gallagher with some great individual play. For a third time in a row, Phil Baldwin converted the try and Eastleigh began to wonder if 21-0 was enough for a victory. Minutes later, the scoreboard changed once again and this time, for his second of the match, Adam Gallagher scored. Although, the conversion wasn't converted, Eastleigh had the bonus point in the bag. Moreover, it seemed that Eastleigh wanted more tries even though the scoreboard showed 26-0.
With 5 minutes left, Eastleigh scored again although, this try was made by Adam Kidd's brilliant charge down and the ball was put over the game line by John Williams. Unfortunately the conversion was missed, however Eastleigh were 31-0 up with only a couple of minutes to go. Seconds later, right from the restart, some brilliant passing movements from Martin Kirby saw Adam Gallagher cross the game line for his hat-trick and this time, Phil Baldwin managed to convert the try to make it 38-0. Soon after, a cracking tackle from Paul Fudio saw him make a break and with a fast flowing offload to Chris Cove, Eastleigh were over the game line for an incredible 7th time; with a conversion scored by Eastleigh as well, they were 45-0 up. Finally, with the last play of the game, Adam Kidd scored his 2nd of the match to make it 50-0 to Eastleigh. Coach Andy Boyes quoted after the match, "It was a great game and a superb end to the season.". Both Eastleigh and Purley John Fisher finished below the promotion places in the league so will both be playing in London South West 3 next season.

The man of the match was fly half, Phil Baldwin.

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Eastleigh 22-17 Andover RFC
28th Mar 2015

Eastleigh got back to winning ways with 22-17 bonus point victory over league leaders Andover.

Eastleigh had the early pressure following some excellent positional kicking by fly half Phil Baldwin. Eastleigh were rewarded on 12 minutes when number 8 Paul Fudio finished off a good move to make the score 5-0.

On 20 minutes Andover were awarded a penalty on the Eastleigh 10m line and opted to kick. The penalty was missed.

With half time approaching the Eastleigh backs moved the ball wide and with a try looking to be scored, the Eastleigh wing was adjudged to have been tripped by the Andover full back. The Andover fullback was shown a yellow card. From the penalty Eastleigh went to the line out, the ball was won cleanly and moved quickly to the backs resulting in full back Jack Curtis scoring in the corner. The half time score was 10-0.

Eastleigh started the second half well and scored their 3rd try on 45 minutes. The ball was kicked behind the Andover backs allowing wing Adam Gallagher to chase and recover the ball and score in the corner. The score was 15-0.

Andover responded well and forced Eastleigh to concede a number of penalties in their 22. On 55 minutes Eastleigh hooker, Stu Mason was given a team yellow card for the persistent infringements. Andover converted the penalty to make the score 15-3.

With Eastleigh reduced to 14 men Andover pushed hard and following a series of scrums they were awarded a penalty try on 60 minutes. It was converted to make the score 15-10.

Eastleigh responded from the restart. On 70 minutes following some good forward play and quick hands by the backs, Paul Fudio got the ball out wide, he broke two tackles and chipped ahead. He recovered the ball in the Andover 22 and scored the bonus point try in the corner. Jon Lynch converted from the touch line to make the score 22-10.

Andover responded again and on 75 minutes they scored their 2nd try to make the score 22-17.

With minutes remaining Eastleigh pinned Andover in their 22. The final score was 22-17.

Head coach Andy Boyes said 'We are really pleased with the result today, it was important for us to get back to winning ways. It was good to see a number of players returning from injury. With a victory in the last game and Andover beating Old Mid-Whitgiftian, we can still secure 3rd place in the league. Overall, it was a really well contested game of rugby by two sides who have been at the top of table for the season. On a personal level, it was great to get a win for my last home game as coach. I would like to congratulate Andover on their promotion to SW2 and wish them success for next season.'

The man of match was fly half, Phil Baldwin.

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Eastleigh 7-25 Teddington RFC
7th Mar 2015

Eastleigh lost 7-25 to Teddington.

On 5 minutes Teddington kicked deep into the Eastleigh 22. An Eastleigh player chased back and tapped the ball in field, unfortunately it bounced awkwardly straight into the Teddington wingers hands and a try was scored. The conversion was missed, the score was 0-5.
On 11 minutes Eastleigh lost their own scrum and the Teddington forwards drove to the line. The ball was recycled quickly and moved wide with their prop crashing over to score an unconverted try. The score was 0-10.
On 20 minutes flanker Richard O'Donnell had to be replaced following a leg injury.
Teddington were dominating the game and on 25 minutes scored their 3rd try from a push over scrum. The try was converted to make the score 0-17.
Eastleigh responded and on 30 minutes kicked for touch from a penalty. From the line out the ball was taken cleanly and the maul was set and driven over the line. Number 8 John Weatherall touched down and fly half Adam Gallagher converted to make the score 7-17.
On 35 minutes Eastleigh captain Paul Fudio had to be replaced following a shoulder injury.
On 40 minutes Teddington scored their 4th bonus point try when a back scored out wide. The conversion was missed to make the half time score 7-22.
The game was evenly contented in the second half with both teams having a couple of chances.
On 80 minutes Teddington were awarded a penalty in front of the posts which they converted to make the final score 7-25.
Head coach Andy Boyes said 'Unfortunately with 11 players out through injury or unavailability it was always going to be a difficult game. We only had four first team backs available and had back row playing in the centres and on the wing. We didn't play well in the first half but showed some spirit and determination in the second half and put together some good periods of play. We hope to have the majority of players back in two weeks’ time when the league resumes.'

The man of match was hooker Nick Blake.

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Old Tiffinians RFC 23-10 Eastleigh
28th Feb 2015

Eastleigh lost their 3rd match in row 23-10 to Old Tiffinians.

Old Tiffinians were awarded an early penatly on 2 minutes which was missed.

The game was evenly contested until the 20th minute when a deep kick was put in behind the Eastleigh defensive line for the Old Tiffinians winger to chase. The Eastleigh and Old Tiffinians wingers chased the ball with the Old Tiffinians winger just touching down in the corner of the deadball area. The conversion was missed making the score 5-0.

The game was well contested with both teams trying to attack but on a number of occasions the ball was lost to easily in the contact.

On 35 minutes the Old Tiffinians 10 identified a mismatch between him and an Eastleigh player and was able to side step him and score. The conversion was missed and the score was 10-0.

The half time score was 10-0.

Eastleigh started the second well and were rewarded with a try by scrum half Sean Hayes following an excellent kick chase by number 8 Paul Fudio. The conversion was missed and score was 10-5.

Old Tiffinians responded on 50 minutes with a 3rd try in the corner. The conversion hit the cross bar and bounced over to make the score 17-5. Unfortunately, during the build up to the try an Old Tiffinians back suffered a broken ankle. As a result of the injury the teams moved to another pitch.

Eastleigh started the stronger on the new pitch and were rewarded on 55 minutes with a try by full back Jack Curtis. The conversion was missed and the score was now 17-10 and Eastleigh were back in the game.

With Easteligh trying to win ball at the contact area two penalties were conceded which Old Tiffinians converted to give them a 23-10 lead with 15 minutes remaining. Both teams pushed hard but there were no more scores.

The final score was 23-10.

Head coach Andy Boyes said 'Overall I'm pleased with our performance today given we had nine regular 1st team players unavailable and only had a 20 minute warm up due to a travel delay. The game was evenly contested with Old Tiffinians taking their opportunities to score better than us. We wish the Old Tiffinians back who broke his ankle a speedy recovery.'

The man of match was flanker Ben White.

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Eastleigh 20-39 Trojans RFC
21st Feb 2015

Eastleigh lost 20-39 to a much changed Trojans team compared to the one they convincingly beat earlier in the season.

Eastleigh had an early penalty which fly half Phil Baldwin converted to give them a 3-0 lead on 4 minutes.

On 6 minutes Eastleigh had a lineout on their 5m line. The lineout was stolen by Trojans who set up a maul and drove over to score an unconverted try. The score was 3-5.

On 22 minutes Eastleigh went through a number of phases recycling the ball quickly, the Trojans defence was sucked in and when it looked like a try was about to be scored the final pass was intercepted allowing a Trojans player to run the length of the field and score a converted try under the posts. The score was 3-12.

With 25 minutes gone Eastleigh were awarded a lineout 10m from the Trojans line. The lineout was taken cleanly and the maul set. From a strong forwards drive flanker Richard O'Donnell scored an unconverted try to make the score 8-12.

Trojans responded with a penalty on 28 minutes to make the score 8-15.

Just before half time Trojans had a lineout on the half way line, the ball was taken off the top and a strong drive from a forward coming round the back of the line broke the Eastleigh back line which opened up the field for another Trojans player to score a converted try. The score was now 8-22.

Trojans had another opportunity just before half time from a driving maul but strong Eastleigh defence kept them out.

The half time score was 8-22.

Eastleigh had to shuffle the back line for the second half with fly half Phil Baldwin leaving the field following a head injury. Centre Sean Hayes moved to fly half, back row Paul Fudio moved to centre and Jamie Richards came on from the bench to the back row.

Trojans started the second half the stronger and were gifted a 4th try from another inception inside the Eastleigh 22m. The try was converted to make the score 8-29.

On 50 minutes Eastleigh were awarded a scrum 5m from the Trojans line. The forwards drove over and number 8 John Weatherall scored an unconverted try. The score was now 13-29.

Following the score there was an altercation between two props which left the referee with no choice but to award two red cards. Flanker Jamie Richards was taken off when the first scrum was awarded following the red cards. Nick Blake came on from the bench.

Shortly afterwards Eastleigh had to shuffle the back line again with scrum half Ramsey Lind leaving the field with an ankle injury. Winger Ian Scott moved to scrum half.

Eastleigh then had some luck and had an interception of their own which allowed Ian Scott to score under the posts. Russ Smith (sponsored by AJ Mussellwhite Photography), converted to make the score 20-29.

With Eastleigh pushing hard for a score Trojans broke out wide and their full back scored a converted try. The score was now 20-36.

With minutes remaining Trojans converted a penalty to make the final score 20-39.

Head coach Andy Boyes said 'We never really got our game going today. Three mistakes and a missed tackle gifted Trojans four scores. With other results going against us it will now be difficult to secure promotion without the top two teams slipping up in the remaining games.'

The man of match was prop Adam Payne

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Old Mid-Whitgiftian RFC 29-17 Eastleigh
7th Feb 2015

For the second week in a row Eastleigh travelled to London, unfortunately they were unable to repeat last week’s performance and lost 29-17 to 4th place Old Mid-Whitgiftian.
Eastleigh dominated the first 20 minutes of the game with the forwards giving the backs the platform to run some good moves. Two knock on's and a couple of last ditch tackles by Old Mids stopped Eastleigh scoring.
Eventually the Eastleigh forward pressure told and an Old Mids forward was shown a yellow card on 20 minutes for not rolling away at the breakdown.
Shortly afterwards Eastleigh setup a driving maul which resulted in second row Russ Smith (sponsored by A J Mussellwhite Photography), scoring. Phil Baldwin missed the conversion, the score was 0-5.
Old Mids responded and on 30 minutes, two missed tackles in the Eastleigh 22 allowed their centre to score a converted try under the posts, the score was now 7-5.
Just after the restart Eastleigh lost centre Pete Noonan with a knee injury which meant number 8 Paul Fudio was moved to centre. John Weatherall replacing him in the pack.
Within a minute John Weatherall had to leave the pitch with an injury and Eastleigh had to go to the bench again with Rauri Andrews coming on at 8.
Old Mids continued to put Eastleigh under pressure but strong defence kept them out. Old Mids had the opportunity to extend the score with a penalty kick but it hit the posts. The half time score was 7-5.
Eastleigh started the second half well and had an early penalty kick on 42 minutes. Unfortunately it went wide.
On 47 minutes the Old Mids scrum half found a gap close to a breakdown in the Eastleigh 22 and was able to run in unopposed and score a converted try under the posts. The score was now 14-5.
Old Mids kicked a penalty on 55 minutes to extend their lead to 17-5.
Number 8 John Weatherall was able to return to field after recovering from the first half injury. On 58 minutes Eastleigh were awarded a 5m scrum, they drove over the line and John Weatherall scored a push over try. Phil Baldwin narrowly missed the conversion. The score was now 17-12.
Eastleigh were back in the game and put Old Mids under pressure. They were rewarded with a second push over try for John Weatherall which Phil Baldwin converted to make the score 17-17 on 65 minutes.
Old Mids responded and on 75 minutes their wing broke out wide. Paul Fudio managed to tackle the player on the line with the Old Mids player taking the corner flag out as he tried to ground the ball. Eastleigh thought the Old Mids player was in touch but the referee awarded the try. The conversion was missed and the score was 17-22.
With time running short Eastleigh tried to respond but a missed tackle on the half way line allowed an Old Mids back to run in their 4th try. Winger Adam Gallagher chased him down and tackled him on the line but the old Mids player got the ball down under the posts. The score was now 17-29 with 3 minutes remaining.
Eastleigh responded from the restart and were awarded a penalty. Instead of kicking to touch and going for the line out they went quickly, strong defence from Old Mids stopped the attack.
With minutes remaining Eastleigh were awarded a 5m scrum, they drove to line but the scrum went down. The referee opted to reset the scrum, the resulting scrum wheeled round and the ball was knocked on. Old Mids were able to clear their lines and the final whistle was blown.
The final score was 17-29.
Head coach Andy Boyes said 'We are disappointed with our performance today given how well we played last week. We dominated the first 20 minutes and had a couple of opportunities to score early in the game. We got the first score and were looking strong but then two missed tackles in our 22 allowed Old Mids a score under the posts. We fought back to 17-17 and it looked like we would push on for the victory but credit to Old Mids who dug deep, needing the win to keep their season alive managed to get two late scores. We had an opportunity just before the final whistle to get a 4th try and a losing bonus point but unfortunately the ball was knocked on. Any two of four teams could now secure promotion.'

The man of match was flanker Paul Fudio.

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London Exiles RFC 7-18 Eastleigh
31st Jan 2015

Eastleigh travelled to London and secured a well deserved 7-18 victory against second place London Exiles who were unbeaten in 13 games.
Eastleigh started the game well and were rewarded with a penalty on 10 minutes which fly half Phil Baldwin converted to make the score 0-3.
The game was then evenly contested until the 20th minute when Exiles were awarded a scrum. The Exiles 8 broke off the back and set up a maul which allowed the Exiles forwards to drive over the line. The ball appeared to be held up by two Eastleigh forwards but the referee awarded the try. Exiles converted to make the score 7-3.
Eastleigh hit back immediately and from the restart were awarded a line out 5m from the Exiles line. A number of line outs and scrums followed but good defence by Exiles keep Eastleigh out.
On 25 minutes the Exiles 8 was shown a yellow card for taking the maul down on their line. Eastleigh opted for the scrum but as scrum half Sean Hayes broke the ball was knocked on in the tackle.
Shortly afterwards from another Eastleigh set piece, the Eastleigh backs ran a training ground move which allowed winger Adam Gallagher to score beating three Exiles tackles on the way to the line. Phil Baldwin narrowly missed the conversion. The score was now 7-8.
At this point Eastleigh were starting to dominate Exiles forcing them to kick to clear their lines on several occasions.
Following some good work at the breakdown by the Eastleigh, the Exiles defence was sucked in and was caught very narrow which allowed Phil Baldwin to chip out wide, the ball was taken cleanly with flanker Richard O'Donnell drawing the last man and passing the ball to full back Jack Curtis who scored. Phil Baldwin converted to make the score 7-15 with 30 minutes gone.
The half time score was 7-15.
Exiles started the second half well and put the pressure on Eastleigh. Exiles had an early penalty that was missed on 43 minutes. The Eastleigh defence was excellent. However, on 55 minutes prop Adam Payne was shown a yellow card for an infringement at the breakdown. With Eastleigh reduced to 14 men they went up a gear and did not concede any points during the yellow card.
After absorbing the Exiles pressure for the first 20 minutes of the half Eastleigh started to play again and make ground in the Exiles half. With time running out Exiles started to try and create opportunities but their mistakes and the Eastleigh pressure keep them in their half. Eastleigh had a penatly attempt on 30 minutes but it was narrowly missed.
On 35 minutes an Exiles player conceded a penalty for kicking out at the Eastleigh winger when he was tackled. Phil Baldwin converted the penalty to make the score 7-18.
Exiles tried to respond one last time to secure a losing bonus point but the Eastleigh defence held firm and the final score was 7-18.
Head coach Andy Boyes said 'We needed to get a victory at Exiles to keep our promotion hopes alive. The boys put in the best 80 minutes of season so far, it was an all round team performance. We had a game plan to deal with the conditions and we took our chances well. Exiles are a good side and they put us under pressure early in the second half but our defence was superb.'

The man of match was flanker Richard O'Donnell.

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Eastleigh 14-20 Southampton University Hospitals RFC
24th Jan 2015

Eastleigh were knocked out of the Hampshire Bowl by Southampton Medics losing 14-20.

Eastleigh started strongly and with the wind behind him fly half Phil Baldwin put in a number of excellent kicks to give Eastleigh good field position. With 5 minutes gone, the ball was taken cleanly at the lineout and the maul set, the Eastleigh forwards drove over the line allowing hooker Stu Mason to get the 1st score of the game. Phil Baldwin converted to make the score 7-0.

Eastleigh then had a number of opportunities but failed to convert them. Southampton Medics started to get into the game. It was clear their game plan was to move the ball wide as quickly as possible to their backs.

On 30 minutes, a Southampton Medics lineout was taken off the top and the ball moved wide. The Eastleigh back row and backs made three excellent one on one tackles but eventually ran out of numbers with Southampton Medics scoring out wide. The conversion was missed and score was 7-5.

With 35 minutes gone Southampton Medics converted a penalty to make the score 7-8.

Just before half time Eastleigh were awarded a penalty which they opted to kick for goal. The ball hit the cross bar and was recovered by winger Ian Scott who drove over the line but in process the ball was stolen by Southampton Medics who moved the ball to their centre who ran the majority of the pitch before off loading to their winger who scored a converted try under the posts. The score was now 7-15. There were no further scores before half time.

Southampton Medics started the second half well and got their 3rd try on the 50 minutes when they scored in the corner. The tackle was made on the line and after a short pause the referee adjudged the ball was grounded and the try was awarded. The conversion was missed and score was 7-20.

Eastleigh got their game plan going again and were rewarded with a number of scrums and lineout’s deep in the Southampton Medic s half.

With 15 minutes remaining the Eastleigh lineout won the ball cleanly and the maul was set, the Eastleigh forwards drove over the line with Stu Mason scoring his 2nd try. Phil Baldwin converted to make the score 14-20 and this set up an exciting last 10 minutes. Following the score the referee showed a yellow card to a Southampton Medics player for dropping the maul.

With Southampton Medics reduced to 14 men Eastleigh pushed hard and were awarded two further penalties which they opted to take quickly rather than go for the lineout. Unfortunately strong defence from Southampton Medics prevented Eastleigh making progress.

The final score was 14-20.

Head coach Andy Boyes said 'We made a number of changes for this game with next week’s league fixture in mind, the players who came in were more than capable of securing the win. We had a game play that played to our strengths but we didn’t execute it for the majority of the game. I must give credit to Southampton Medics who played to their strengths and deserved the win. They will be tough test in the final and we wish them well.’

The man of match was hooker, Stu Mason.

Eastleigh 28-3 Ellingham and Ringwood RFC
17th Jan 2015

Eastleigh secured a bonus point win with a well deserved 28-3 victory over Ellingham & Ringwood.

Eastleigh totally dominated the first half with Ellingham & Ringwood rarely entering the Eastleigh half. Eastleigh had two opportunities to take the lead from 5m scrums on 20 minutes but on both occasions just as the try was about to be scored the ball was knocked on.

The Eastleigh pressure forced Ellingham & Ringwood to concede a number of penalties. Eastleigh opted for the lineout from the penalty kick, setting the maul and driving Ellingham & Ringwood backwards on a number of occasions.

On 30 minutes the Ellingham & Ringwood second row was shown a yellow card for a tip tackle. From the penalty Eastleigh kicked to touch. The line out was cleanly taken and the driving maul drove to line. The maul went down and the referee showed a 2nd yellow card to the Ellingham & Ringwood number 8. Ellingham & Ringwood were down to 13 men.

With the numerical advantage Eastleigh opted for the scrum and drove over the line with number 8 Paul Fudio scoring Eastleigh’s 1st try. Fly half Phil Baldwin converted to make the score 7-0.

Eastleigh pushed on from the restart and were immediately camped on the Ellingham & Ringwood line. The ball was recycled quickly and with numbers out wide it looked like a certain try was going to be scored, however the ball appeared to be deliberately knocked down by the Ellingham & Ringwood full back. The referee decided it wasn’t a yellow card and awarded Eastleigh a scrum.

Eastleigh kept the pressure on and with 35 minutes gone were awarded another 5m scrum. The dominant Eastleigh forwards again drove over the line and Paul Fudio scored his 2nd try. Phil Baldwin converted make the score 14-0.

Flanker, Tony Fudio crossed the line shortly afterwards but the referee adjudged the ball was held up. Flanker, Richard O’Donnell was also stopped on the line just before half time. The half time score was 14-0.

Ellingham & Ringwood started the second half better and were awarded a penalty on 41 minutes which was missed. Shortly afterwards they were awarded a 2nd penalty which was converted to make the score 14-3. Ellingham & Ringwood tried to hit back but strong Eastleigh defence meant they never got near the line. Ellingham & Ringwood did have another penalty attempt on 50 minutes but it was missed.

Eastleigh got back into the game and started to dominate again and eventually the pressure told with winger, Matt Blackman scoring under the posts. Phil Baldwin converted to make the score 21-3.

Paul Fudio crossed the line on 65 minutes following an excellent cross field kick by Phil Baldwin, unfortunately his foot was just in touch before the score.

Eastleigh centre, Martin Kirby was shown a yellow with 10 minutes remaining following an altercation involving a number of players.

Eastleigh were pushing hard for the bonus try and were awarded a series of lineout’s and scrums in the Ellingham & Ringwood 22m but they couldn’t get over the line. Finally from an Ellingham & Ringwood breakdown the ball was charged down on the line and flanker Tony Fudio was able to touch down. Phil Baldwin converted to make the final score 28-3.

Head coach Andy Boyes said 'We are starting to get back to the form we showed in the early part of the season. We dominated Ellingham & Ringwood for the majority of the game today. We should have been four scores clear by half time, only our lack of patience and a few mistakes prevented that. Ellingham & Ringwood defended their line well throughout the game but eventually our pressure told and we were able to secure the win.’

The man of match was winger, Matt Blackman.

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New Milton and District RFC 24-27 Eastleigh
10th Jan 2015

Eastleigh secured a bonus point win with a 24-27 victory over New Milton.

Eastleigh started the stronger with an excellent attack by winger Tyson Peters breaking four tackles before being stopped short. The Eastleigh backs made good ground again attacking through the New Milton centres. From an Eastleigh lineout the forwards put in a number of quick phases and once the New Milton defence was sucked in the ball was moved wide to winger Tyson Peters who scored an unconverted try to make the score 0-5 on 5 minutes.

At this stage it was all Eastleigh and they had at least four more attacks through the forwards and backs but poor ball retention at the breakdown allowed New Milton to clear their lines.

New Milton then responded and gained some field position and were rewarded with a penalty in front of the posts which was converted to make the score 3-5.

On 15 minutes New Milton turned the ball over at the breakdown just inside their half. The ball was kicked deep into the Eastleigh 22m. The chasing New Milton player got the bounce of the ball and was able to score an unconverted try in the corner. The score was now 8-5 and the momentum was with New Milton.

Shortly afterwards after a number of driving phases by the Eastleigh forwards, a poor kick over the New Milton defence was caught cleanly by the New Milton winger who was able to run in from his 22m to score a 2nd unconverted try to take the score to 13-5. New Milton extended their lead to 16-5 with a penalty.

Eastleigh responded with the forwards moving the ball through phases to suck the New Milton defence in again, eventually Eastleigh were rewarded with a 4 v 2 out wide and winger Sean Hayes scored an unconverted try. The score was now 16-10. Just before half time New Milton converted a penalty to make the half time score 19-10.

Eastleigh started the second well and were on the front foot from the restart. Following a series of lines outs and driving mauls prop Adam Payne scored Eastleigh’s 3rd try under the posts on 45 minutes. Fly half Phil Baldwin converted to make the score 19-17.

Shortly afterwards Eastleigh were awarded a penalty for a high tackle, Phil Baldwin converted and put Eastleigh in the lead 19-20.

Eastleigh were dominant now, pinning New Milton in their half forcing them to kick to clear their lines.

On 60 minutes number 8 Paul Fudio broke down the line and put in an excellent kick for flanker Richard O’Donnell to score what looked like a certain try, unfortunately the referee adjudged Richard O’Donnell to be in front of the kicker and the try was disallowed.

Centre Martin Kirby crossed the line shortly afterwards and again the referee adjudged the ball to be held up.

New Milton were conceding a number of penalties now from the Eastleigh pressure. Eastleigh had two opportunities on 65 and 70 minutes to increase the score but both penalties were narrowly missed.
On 75 minutes Eastleigh were awarded a penalty and opted for the lineout to try and secure the bonus point try. New Milton defended well and Eastleigh were awarded a scrum. Eastleigh drove to line but were stopped short and as a result the New Milton number 8 was shown a yellow card. Eastleigh opted for the scrum again and this time drove over the line with Paul Fudio scoring the bonus point try. Phil Baldwin converted to make the score 19-27.

With last play of the game New Milton scored their 3rd unconverted try in the corner to make the final score 24-27.

Head coach Andy Boyes said 'It was really important for us to secure the win today and get our season back on track after the previous two defeats. We knew it would be a tough game today as New Milton are always strong at home. We started the game well but then gave them two opportunities to score from our mistakes. We tightened up at half time and dominated New Milton in the second half to secure the win.’

The man of match was flanker, Rich O’Donnell.

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Eastleigh 6-14 Sandown and Shanklin
20th Dec 2014

Eastleigh lost 6-14 to bottom of the league Sandown & Shanklin. Much of the game was contested in the central areas of the pitch with very few chances being created by either team.

Eastleigh took the lead on 25 minutes when winger Adam Gallagher converted a penalty to make the score 3-0.

On 35 minutes Sandown & Shanklin were awarded a 5m scrum. Eastleigh defended the attempted push over try well. From a 2nd 5m scrum the Sandown & Shanklin number 8 picked up and broke two tackles to score a converted try. The score was 3-7.

The half time score was 3-7.

Eastleigh started the second half well and were awarded a penalty on 50 minutes which Adam Gallagher converted to make the score 6-7.

On 60 minutes poor tackling allowed the Sandown & Shanklin 10 to score under the posts. The try was converted to make the score 6-14.

Eastleigh tried to respond but a combination of poor hands and strong defence by Sandown & Shanklin kept Eastleigh out. Sandown & Shankin did have two further penalty attempts as Eastleigh tried to turn the ball over near the end of the game but both were missed.

The final score was 6-14.

Head coach Andy Boyes said 'We are very disappointed with today's performance. Similar to last week we never really got our game going. It was a very different Sandown & Shanklin team to the one we faced earlier in the season. On reflection they just wanted to win more than we did. We should have all players available in the New Year.'

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Andover RFC 36-12 Eastleigh
13th Dec 2014

Eastleigh lost their 2nd game of the season 36-12 to Andover.

Andover started the stronger and had the early pressure and were rewarded with an unconverted try on 4 minutes. The score was 5-0.

Eastleigh responded well and hit back with a score by number 8 John Weatherall on 12 minutes. Fly half Phil Baldwin converted to make the score 5-7. The game was then evenly contested until the 26th minute when Andover were awarded a penalty which they were unable to convert.

Eastleigh then had to shuffle their backs when centre Adam Gallagher went off with a leg injury. On 28 minutes Andover scored their 2nd try following a good off load in the tackle which allowed them to break the Eastleigh defence. The conversion was missed and the score was 12-7.

With 38 minutes gone centre Pete Noonan was shown a yellow card for an infringement at a maul. Andover kicked the penalty to make the half time score 15-7.

Eastleigh went on the attack early the second half. The ball was moved quickly to winger Tyson Peters who was tackled into touch by the Andover winger. The linesman appeared to raise his flag and on seeing this Eastleigh stopped playing, however Andover carried on and scored a converted try to make the score 22-7.

Eastleigh were restored to 15 men but shortly afterwards lost full back Matt Blackman with an injury.

The controversy around Andover's 3rd try appeared to knock Eastleigh and they conceded a 4th converted try shortly afterwards to make the score 29-7.

Eastleigh dug deep and were rewarded with a 2nd try for John Weatherall on 15 minutes. The touch line conversion by Phil Baldwin dropped just short of the posts. The score was 29-12.

Eastleigh tried to push on and had a few more changes but Andover defended well and kept Eastleigh out.

With 10 minutes remaining prop Dan Achilles was shown a yellow card for going off his feet at the breakdown.

With the last play of the game and Eastleigh pushing for another score the ball went lose and was kicked ahead and recovered by Andover who were able to score their 5th try.

The final score was 36-12.

Head coach Andy Boyes said 'From a neutrals point of view it was a good game of rugby. However, we didn't play well today. We just couldn't get our game going. The two injuries in the backs meant we had to shuffle things and the yellow cards cost us dearly. I must give credit to Andover who were the better team today and deserved the win.’

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Eastleigh 55-38 Old Tonbridgians RFC
6th Dec 2014

Eastleigh maintained their position at the top of the league with a 55-38 victory over Old Tonbridgians.
Eastleigh started strongly and were awarded a penalty from the kick off which fly half Phil Baldwin kicked to make the score 3-0 with a minute gone.
Eastleigh had all the early pressure and on 9 minutes, centre Adam Gallagher broke through the Old Tonbridgians mid field defence and scored under the posts. Phil Baldwin converted to make the score 10-0.
Old Tonbridgians scored an unconverted try on 13 minutes following a poor kick out of the Eastleigh 22m, the score was 10-5. Eastleigh hit back on 19 minutes with number 8 John Weatherall scoring a push over try from a 5m scrum. The conversion was narrowly missed. The score was 15-5.
Old Tonbridgians then scored a 2nd unconverted try on 25 minutes to make the score 15-10.
Eastleigh stepped up a gear and secured the game with three quick trys in the last 15 minutes of the first half. Eastleigh were awarded a line out 10m from the Old Tonbridgians line. The ball was won cleanly and moved to the backs quickly which allowed centre, Pete Noonan to score unopposed under the posts. Phil Baldwin converted to make the score 22-10.
The bonus point try was scored on 35 minutes when Pete Noonan touched down for his 2nd try following a poor kick by Old Tonbridgians from behind their try line. Phil Baldwin converted to make the score 29-10. With half time approaching Eastleigh’s 5th try was scored by prop Adam Payne following some tight forward play. Phil Baldwin converted to make the score 36-10 at half time.
Eastleigh started the second half slowly which allowed Old Tonbridgians two quick converted trys to make the score 36-24.
Eastleigh responded with number 8, John Weatherall scoring his 2nd push over try from a 5m scrum. Phil Baldwin converted to make the score 43-24. Eastleigh’s 7th try was scored by flanker Ben White on 60 minutes. He caught the ball cleanly in the line out, the maul was set and the forwards drove over the line allowing him to score. Phil Baldwin converted to bring up the 50 points, the score was 50-24.
Old Tonbridgians didn’t give up and they showed some good individual play to score their 5th try and make the score 50-31.
Again, Eastleigh responded with winger Tyson Peters beating three Old Tonbridgians out wide, scoring in the corner. The score was now 55-31.
With the last play of the game, Old Tonbridgians scored under the posts to make the final score 55-38.
Head Coach Andy Boyes said ‘It was important for us to get the bonus point win today and I’m pleased we were able to do that. From a coaching point of view it was a particularly frustrating game. In the first half we played well and had the game won and the bonus point secured by half time. We should have scored at least another three trys in the first half. However, we switched off for periods in the second half which allowed Old Tonbridgians some easy scores.

The man of match was number 8, John Weatherall.

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Teddington RFC 20-27 Eastleigh
22nd Nov 2014

Eastleigh remain top of the league with a 20-27 victory over Teddington.
Eastleigh started slowly and were on the back foot early when Teddington converted a penalty on 2 minutes to make the score 3-0. Teddington motivated by their early score were clearly up for the game and were duly awarded another penalty on 14 minutes which they converted to make the score 6-0.
The abrasive Teddington play and some interesting interpretations of the laws by the referee made it difficult for Eastleigh to get their game going. Eventually on 25 minutes Teddington were able to score an unconverted try in the corner, the score was 11-0.
It was proving to be a difficult day for Eastleigh when Flanker, John Williams had to be replaced when he picked up a jaw injury. Shortly followed by Full Back Matt Blackman who picked up a head injury when he slipped as he was about to be tackled.
On 35 minutes, Fly Half Phil Baldwin saw the Teddington defence was very narrow and he put in a cross field kick which Centre Adam Gallagher recovered to score in the corner. The conversion was narrowly missed. The score was 11-5.
With half time approaching both sides traded penalties. The half time score was 14-8.
Eastleigh started the second half well and were awarded a penalty on 41 minutes which Phil Baldwin converted to make the score 14-11.
Teddington responded from the kick off and were awarded a penalty in front of the posts. The kick was clearly wide but the referee mistakenly awarded it. The score was now 17-11.
On 55 minutes both teams traded penalties to make the score 20-14.
On 60 minutes Eastleigh got their game going and started to win some quick ball which released the backs. Another excellent cross field kick into space allowed Wing Tyson Peters to recover the ball and score in the corner beating two Teddington players with his pace. The conversion was missed and score was 20-19.
Eastleigh were dominant now and looking for the win. The forwards drove into the Teddington half, the ball was recycled quickly and the backs released again to allow Captain Paul Fudio to score in the corner. The conversion was missed. The score was 20-24 with 5 minutes remaining.
Eastleigh kept the pressure on and were awarded a penalty just before the final whistle which Phil Baldwin converted.
The final score was 20-27.
Head Coach Andy Boyes said ‘We struggled to get our game going today. Teddington started strongly and dominated the first half. We had a frank discussion at half time and were able to turn it around in the second half. The team showed some real character today to grind out the victory.’

The man of match was Second Row, Adam Kidd.

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Eastleigh 29-13 Old Tiffinians RFC
15th Nov 2014

Eastleigh went top of the league with a dominant 29-13 victory over fellow league title chasing Old Tiffinians.
Eastleigh started strongly with Fly Half Phil Baldwin kicking off short and getting the Eastleigh forwards into the game straight away. Old Tiffinians knocked on and Eastleigh were awarded an early scrum. After the ball was carried well for a few phases and the Old Tiffinians defence was sucked in, the ball was recycled quickly and Phil Baldwin put in an excellent cross field kick which Wing Jack Curtis ran on to and took cleanly scoring unopposed in the corner. The conversion was narrowly missed. The score was 5-0 with 3 minutes on the clock.
Old Tiffinians tried to respond and were awarded a penalty on 7 minutes when an Eastleigh player was adjudged offside. The score was now 5-3.
Eastleigh went up a gear and started to put together some excellent phase play going forward, equally matched by strong defence knocking Old Tiffinians backwards on the gain line. Eastleigh were awarded a penalty on 20 minutes which Phil Baldwin converted to make the score 8-3.
Old Tiffinians again tried to respond but strong defence kept them out of the Eastleigh 22. Old Tiffinians were awarded two penalties which they opted to kick. Both were long range attempts which went wide.
The game was then stopped for 20 minutes when the Old Tiffinians Full Back sustained a serious knee injury. Given he couldn’t be moved from the pitch until the ambulance arrived, the game was moved to another pitch.
Eastleigh started the stronger again and were awarded a penalty on 25 minutes which Phil Baldwin converted to make the score 11-3.
Eastleigh were playing well and creating chances. The ball was moved wide and when it looked certain Eastleigh were going to score, it appeared that an Old Tiffinians player deliberately knocked the ball down, however the referee adjudged it as a two handed attempt and Eastleigh were awarded the scrum.
The half time score was 11-3.
Eastleigh started the second half as they finished the first. However with 42 minutes on the clock Flanker Richard O’Donnell was shown a yellow card for tackle taking the player beyond the horizontal. Old Tiffinians kicked the penalty to make the score 11-6.
With Eastleigh down to 14 men they dug deep and went on the attack. They were rewarded on 46 minutes following a fine piece of forwards and backs interplay down the wing resulting in Second Row Russ Smith (sponsored by A J Mussellwhite Photography), scoring out wide. Phil Baldwin converted to make the score 18-6.
On 49 minutes Phil Baldwin kicked another penalty to make the score 21-6.
The referee then called for uncontested scrums when a 2nd Old Tiffinians front row player when off with a blood injury. With Eastleigh back to 15 on the field they continued to dominate. With a minute remaining on the Old Tiffinians blood injury the front row player returned to the field and the scrums were contested again.
Eastleigh then scored their 3rd try of the day when another excellent set of driving plays sucked the Old Tiffinians defence in and Phil Baldwin put in a cross field kick which Captain, Paul Fudio caught in the air and offloaded as he landed putting Wing Jack Curtis in for his 2nd try of the day. The score was now 26-6.
Eastleigh were awarded another penalty which Phil Baldwin converted on 70 minutes to make the score 29-6.
With minutes remaining and the game won, Eastleigh switched off briefly and allowed Old Tiffinians some good field position. Excellent defence by Eastleigh kept Old Tiffinians at bay. With Old Tiffinians pushing hard for a score number 8 John Weatherall was shown a yellow card for hands in the ruck. Old Tiffinians tried to cross the line again but the Eastleigh defence held firm. Old Tiffinians were awarded a scrum which initially went down, the scrum was reset and it went down a 2nd time. As a result of the 2nd collapse the referee awarded a penalty try to Old Tiffinians. The conversion was the last kick of the game.
The final score was 29-13.
Head Coach Andy Boyes said ‘We put in our best performance of the season today. It was a total team effort, our defence in last 10 minutes epitomised that completely. Old Tiffinians only try of the game came from a penalty try, they never crossed our line. Our forwards dominated throughout the game which gave our backs the platform to play from. When reduced to 14 players early in the second half, we dug deep and were rewarded with 10 points. I was particularly pleased that even though we had to make five changes, our structure and game plan remained the same and we executed well. Congratulations to Wing Tyson Peters and Flanker Richard Stroud who both had 1st team league debuts today. I’ve no doubt that Old Tiffinians are a good side but I felt we had the upper hand today and deservedly won, the late penalty try made the score look closer than the game really was. We look forward to the return fixture next year. We send our best wishes to the Old Tiffinians Full Back and wish him a speedy recovery.’

The man of match was Hooker, Nick (Seth) Blake.

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Trojans RFC 0-34 Eastleigh
1st Nov 2014

Eastleigh got back to winning ways with a comprehensive bonus point 0-34 win over local rivals Trojans.
Eastleigh started strongly and were ahead from the 2nd play of the game. From an Eastleigh scrum just outside the Trojans 22, the ball was move quickly through 9 and 10, allowing centre Adam Gallagher to score an unconverted try out wide. The score was 0-5 with a minute gone.
Trojans tried to respond briefly but strong Eastleigh defence turned the ball over and Eastleigh cleared their lines.
Eastleigh were dominating the first half despite playing into the wind and sun. On 15 and 20 minutes the Eastleigh backs created two excellent scoring chances but poor decision making on the final pass meant Trojans were able to prevent the scores.
Eastleigh had two further chances, firstly from a driving maul when Prop, Adam Payne broke down the blind side, last ditch defence by Trojans pushing him into touch by the corner flag and then Adam Gallagher breaking free again, only for the switch pass to be knocked on.
The half time score was 0-5. However, it did not reflect Eastleigh’s dominance in the first half.
Eastleigh started the second half even better than the first. With the wind and sun behind him Fly Half, Phil Baldwin put in a high kick which the Trojans back three didn’t recover and from the resulting breakdown on the Trojans line, hooker Stuart Mason broke through to score. Phil Baldwin converted to make the score 0-12.
Shortly afterwards the ball was kicked behind the Trojans backs, the Eastleigh back line chased well and kicked on, Full Back, Chris Cove recovered the ball and was able to score. Phil Baldwin converted to make the score 0-19 with 45 minutes gone.
The game was then delayed for 10 minutes while the Trojans hooker was treated for a neck injury.
When the game restarted, Eastleigh continued to dominate Trojans. The Eastleigh defensive line was solid, often stopping Trojans on the gain line and then knocking them back.
With 60 minutes gone, excellent interplay between the Eastleigh back row put Flanker, Richard O’Donnell in for the 4th bonus point try. Phil Baldwin narrowly missed the conversion.
Eastleigh were awarded a penalty on 65 minutes in front of the posts which Phil Baldwin converted to make the score 0-27.
On 70 minutes, Richard O’Donnell scored his 2nd try when Eastleigh drove close to the Trojans line. From the quickly recycled ball, the Trojans defence opened up and he was able to score under the posts unopposed. Phil Baldwin converted to make the score 0-34.
With the last play of the game the Eastleigh backs looked as if they were going to score again but the ball was knocked on as it was being moved wide.
The final score was 0-34.
Head Coach Andy Boyes said ‘We put in a much improved performance today, our defence and kick chase was excellent and we created a number of chances , only our decision making on the final pass letting us down. We should have scored at least another three or four more trys in the first half. I felt we played the weather conditions well, with the wind and sun behind us in the second half we were able to get the scores on the board. Overall, a good performance but there is still lots to work on to get us to the level we know we are capable of playing at. We are now looking forward to the 15th November when we play league leaders Old Tiffinians.’

The man of match was Scrum Half, Ramsay Lind.

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Eastleigh 20-21 Old Mid-Whitgiftian RFC
25th Oct 2014

Eastleigh lost 1st league match of the season 20-21 to 3rd place Old Mid-Whitgiftian.
The kick off was delayed 15 minutes due to late arrival of Old Mid-Whitgiftian. When play started Eastleigh were caught cold on 2 minutes when Old Mid-Whitgiftian scored a converted try from 5m out following a missed tackle. The score was 0-7.
The game was then evenly contested for the next 30 minutes with neither team having clear cut chances. On 35 minutes Eastleigh broke down the blind side creating a 2 v 1 which allowed Fly Half, Pete Noonan to run in unopposed from the 22m line and score under the posts. Winger, Jon Lynch converted to make the score 7-7 at half time.
Eastleigh started the second half the stronger and were awarded penalty on 50 minutes which Jon Lynch converted to make the score 10-7.
From the restart the ball wasn’t taken cleanly and Old Mid-Whitgiftian hit back immediately with a converted try under the posts. The score was now 10-14.
Eastleigh responded well with Scrum Half, Ramsay Lind putting in a good box kick into the Old Mid-Whitgiftian 22m, the ball bounced well and he was able to recover it and score a try on 55 minutes. Jon Lynch converted to make the score 17-14.
Old Mid-Whitgiftians hit back scoring their 3rd converted try on 60 minutes. The score was now 17-21.
With 15 minutes remaining Eastleigh pushed hard and were awarded a penalty which Jon Lynch converted to make the score 20-21.
Eastleigh pushed on again and were awarded two penalties, one on 75 minutes and one with the last kick of the game. Both were unfortunately just short. The final score was 20-21.
Head Coach Andy Boyes said ‘We never really turned up today, it was our worst performance of the season so far. We made a number of basic errors, I not sure whether the delayed start or the positional changes we were forced to make because of unavailability upset us but we never got going. We had two opportunities to win the game late on but overall Old Mid-Whitgiftian deserved the win. We were pleased to pick up a losing bonus point. We will put things right in training this week to ensure we are ready for the local derby against Trojans next week.’
The man of match was Adam Kidd.

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Eastleigh 16-15 London Exiles RFC
18th Oct 2014

Eastleigh maintained their 100% league record with a narrow 16-15 win over a young, physical and well organised London Exiles.
London Exiles had the better of the early exchanges and showed what their back line was capable of when their centre broke through the Eastleigh defence on 3 minutes, only an excellent tap tackle by Winger, Jack Curtis stopping him from running a try in from the half way line.
The tackle seemed to galvanise Eastleigh and they started to play and attack London Exiles. On 5 minutes Eastleigh were awarded a penalty just inside the Eastleigh half. Fly Half, Phil Baldwin put in an excellent cross field kick to set up an Eastleigh lineout just inside the London Exiles 22m. Unfortunately, the lineout wasn’t secured cleanly and London Exiles cleared their lines.
At this point Eastleigh were playing well and following a series of breakdowns and excellent clear out work the London Exiles defence was sucked in. London Exiles eventually ran out of defenders and left the blind side undefended and Second Row, John Williams came round and scored in the corner. Phil Baldwin converted from the touch line to make the score 7-0 with 10 minutes gone.
Shortly afterwards Eastleigh conceded a penalty which London Exiles converted to make the score 7-3.
The London Exiles backs started to get into their stride and on 20 minutes were able to beat the Eastleigh defensive press when the line didn’t come up together. They scored a converted try under the posts to make the score 7-10.
London Exiles were now having the better of the game and Eastleigh were having to defend hard. On 30 minutes London Exiles scored a second unconverted try in the corner to make the score 7-15.
With minutes remaining before half time Eastleigh were awarded a penalty in their 22m, Full Back Chris Cove, took the penalty quickly. The London Exiles 10 put in a ‘tip’ tackle, unfortunately Chris Cove reacted and both players were shown yellow cards and the penalty was reversed. London Exiles opted for the kick at goal but it was narrowly missed. The half time score was 7-15.
Eastleigh started the second half extremely well forcing an early penalty which Phil Baldwin converted to make the score 10-15. Eastleigh now had all the pressure, London Exiles were defending well but conceding a number of penalties.
On 45 minutes Eastleigh were awarded a penalty on the London Exiles 10m line, Phil Baldwin stepped up and converted to make the score 13-15.
With 20 minutes remaining and Eastleigh pressing hard, Phil Baldwin attempted a drop goal but it went wide.
Eastleigh kept working hard and taking the game London Exiles, recycling and retaining the ball well. Eventually Eastleigh were rewarded with a penalty in a similar position to the last one on the London Exiles 10m line. Phil Baldwin converted to give Eastleigh the lead, the score was 16-15.
Eastleigh took control for the last 15 minutes keeping the ball tight denying London Exiles the opportunity to run the ball. The final score was 16-15.
Head Coach Andy Boyes said ‘We knew this was likely to be our hardest test of the season so far. London Exiles brought a young, physical, well organised team with a back line with loads of pace. They had the better of the first half and deserved to be 7-15 ahead at the break. We had a frank discussion at half time and changed our tactics for the second half which secured us the narrow victory.
I was particular pleased with the spirit the team showed in the second half to turn the game around. Our discipline was good throughout the game, only conceding five penalties. In the last 20 minutes our close contact play was excellent, denying London Exiles the ball with a number of plays which went through nine or ten phases. I’m sure if London Exiles are able to put the same team out every week they will do well this season, their league position does not reflect their ability.’
The man of match was Flanker, Richard O’Donnell.

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Ellingham and Ringwood RFC 29-38 Eastleigh
11th Oct 2014

Eastleigh maintained their winning start to the season with yet another bonus point victory away to Ellingham and Ringwood, the final score 29-38. In what would be a close encounter throughout, Eastleigh came out of the blocks the slower of the two teams, conceding early penalties giving the hosts field position. This allowed them to score their first converted try under the posts after a series of forward plays.
Shortly afterwards, Eastleigh sprung to life and through a series of forward phases sucked the E&R defence in tight. The ball was moved wide quickly and full back, Jack Curtis ran through the middle scoring the first of his two tries. Phil Baldwin converted to make the score 7-7.
More infringements gave E&R the lead with another penalty in front of the posts to make the score 7-10. Just before half time Eastleigh took the lead, after the backs shipped the ball to winger, Will Todd, who was bundled over the line with two defenders and managing to place the ball down. Converted by Phil Baldwin. Half time score 10-14 to Eastleigh.
Eastleigh started the second half on the back foot for the first 5 minutes, having to hold the E&R advance in their own 22. Pete Noonan relieved that pressure after he intercepted a wild pass from the E&R fly half. After running three quarters of the pitch, he offloaded to Jack Curtis for his second try. Soon after fly half, Phil Baldwin sliced through the E&R defence, scored under the posts and converted his own try. The score was 10-24.
Midway through the second half Eastleigh switched off and allowed E&R to score two converted tries to tie the game, 24-24. Eastleigh reacted positively and began putting more and more pressure on E&R. After some strong clearing out at the breakdown, the ball was passed along the line and Russell Smith (sponsored by A J Mussellwhite Photography), scored in the corner. Converted by Phil Baldwin, the score was 24-31.
E&R never gave up and scored another try following some strong phase play and offloading, however they missed their conversion, leaving Eastleigh with the lead at 29-31.
Finally, Eastleigh put the game to bed with Steve Jerram scoring in the corner after some quick hands in the middle of the park. Phil Baldwin converted. The final score was 29-38.
Captain Paul Fudio said "Ellingham and Ringwood provided us with our first real test of the season. Although we were a long way from our full potential, I'm thoroughly impressed by the character the lads showed out there today."
The man of the match was Full Back, Jack Curtis.

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Bromley RFC 19-10 Eastleigh
4th Oct 2014

Eastleigh narrowly lost out to Bromley 19-10 in a well contested Senior Vase cup match. Eastleigh took the opportunity to give 1st team debuts to three players and rest a number of regular 1st team players.
Eastleigh had the better of the early exchanges with Fly Half, Phil Baldwin converting a penalty on 2 minutes to make the score 0-3. The game was evenly contested until the 20th minute when an Eastleigh mistake meant the ball had to be carried over the line. From the resulting 5m scrum Bromley were able to score a converted try. The score was 7-3.
Eastleigh had the opportunity to close the gap on 25 minutes but the penalty landed just short.
On 30 minutes Bromley got their 2nd converted try when a tackle was missed close to the Eastleigh line allowing the Bromley centre to score under the posts.
Eastleigh dug deep and turned the pressure on Bromley. With half time approaching the ball was kicked deep, the Eastleigh chase was good and from the resulting breakdown the Bromley wing was shown a yellow card for deliberately stopping the ball from being released. Eastleigh opted for the scrum and drove the larger Bromley back backwards until they collapsed and the referee awarded a penalty try. Phil Baldwin converted to make the score 10-14 at half time.
Bromley started the second half the stronger and on 10 minutes were awarded a 5m scrum from which they were able to score an unconverted try to make the score 10-19.
Both teams had further scoring opportunities throughout the second half however two yellow cards for Eastleigh on 15 minutes for an off side and 20 minutes for foul play meant Eastleigh were forced to defend during that period. They did this extremely well with no points conceded especially when down to 13 men.
The final score was 10-19.
Head Coach Andy Boyes said ‘We played well today despite only arriving 30 minutes before kick off because of travel delays. We took the opportunity to give three players 1st team debuts in the forwards and rest a number of players. We made eight changes to the squad that beat New Milton last week. Overall, it was a good test for our less experienced players. On the balance of play Bromley deserved the win, they were just a bit more clinical with their scoring opportunities.’
The man of match was Prop, Stu Mason.

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Eastleigh 37-0 New Milton and District RFC
27th Sep 2014

Eastleigh kept their perfect start to the season going with a bonus point win over early league leaders New Milton, the final score 37-0.
Eastleigh dominated New Milton in all areas of play with New Milton limited to kicking the ball away to clear their lines. Only on one occasion in the second half did New Milton have the opportunity to score and a try saving tackle and subsequent turnover by Captain, Paul Fudio ensured New Milton didn’t get any points on the board.
Eastleigh had all the early pressure and were awarded a penalty on 5 minutes which winger, Jon Lynch converted to make the score 3-0. Eastleigh were awarded two further penalties in quick succession as a result of the pressure they were putting on New Milton. Jon Lynch converted both to give Eastleigh a healthy 9-0 lead on 15 minutes.
With New Milton constantly giving away penalties, eventually the referee showed a yellow card to a New Milton player on 20 minutes.
Shortly afterwards, from a quick penalty scrum half, Ramsey Lind crashed over to score, Jon Lynch converted to make the score 16-0.
On 35 minutes Eastleigh won a scrum just inside the New Milton half, the ball was moved wide quickly and full back, Chris Cove chipped over the New Milton winger, regained the ball and scored. Jon Lynch converted to make the score 23-0.
With half time approaching Eastleigh scored their best try of the game, the ball was taken wide down one side of the pitch, an excellent clear out by centre, Matt Blackman meant the ball was recycled, it was then moved quickly through a series of phases across to the other side of the pitch until it was moved back again to the mid field where Chris Cove scored his 2nd try of the game under the posts. Jon Lynch converted to make the score 30-0 at half time.
Eastleigh started the second half slightly flat which allowed New Milton some early possession. Initially they tried to beat the Eastleigh defensive line by chipping over the top, however Eastleigh adjusted and stopped that quickly. It was clear that New Milton were now trying to attack from anywhere to get a score on the board but the strong Eastleigh defence kept them in their half and constantly pushed them back.
On 30 minutes Eastleigh won a penalty which fly half, Phil Baldwin kicked to the corner. The ball was won cleanly at the lineout by second row, Russ Smith, it was taken off the top and moved quickly through the backs hands with winger, Jack Curtis scoring the 4th bonus point try in the corner. Matt Blackman converted to make the final score 37-0.
Head Coach Andy Boyes said ‘This was an excellent team performance today, the game was effectively over at half time. The forwards built a solid platform which allowed our backs to run in four trys. We dominated New Milton in all areas of play and limited them to only one try scoring opportunity in the second half. As coaches our only regret is we should have scored more points in the second half but it is always difficult when you have such a good margin at half time. We’re starting to build some real strength in depth now, selection is going to be interesting over the coming weeks as we have five of last season’s regular 1st team players returning.’
The man of match was Prop, Adam Payne.

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Sandown and Shanklin 17-25 Eastleigh
20th Sep 2014

Eastleigh secured their second bonus point win of season with a 17-25 victory away at Sandown & Shanklin.
Eastleigh dominated the first half with Sandown & Shanklin rarely entering the Eastleigh half. Sandown & Shanklin were pinned in their 22m and had to defend for the first 10 minutes, eventually the pressure told with the Sandown & Shanklin 6 being shown a yellow card.
Eastleigh kept the pressure on and were rewarded with a well worked try when the ball was recycled quickly from a series of rucks to Second Row, Russ Smith (sponsored by A J Mussellwhite Photography), who scored in the corner. The score was 0-5.
Eastleigh had a number of opportunities to score but last ditch defence by Sandown & Shanklin kept the score at 0-5 until the 30th minute when Sandown & Shanklin were able to convert a penalty following a rare entry into the Eastleigh 22m. The score was 3-5.
Eastleigh hit back immediately with a penalty in front of the posts which Matt Blackman converted to make the score 3-8.
With Eastleigh dominating Sandown & Shanklin at the breakdown, a second yellow card was awarded to a Sandown & Shanklin player for persistent infringements.
Just before half time, a strong scrum by Eastleigh drove towards the line just as Captain, Paul Fudio was about to touch down, the Sandown & Shanklin front row stood up and Easteligh were awarded a penalty try. Matt Blackman converted to make the half time score 3-15.
Eastleigh started the second half in same way they finished the first. Within 5 minutes Paul Fudio crashed over to make the score 3-20.
On 60 minutes Prop, Dan Achilles secured the 4th bonus point try after a penalty was taken quickly.
With 10 minutes remaining Sandown & Shanklin were able to score a converted try make the score 10-25.
With minutes remaining, Eastleigh briefly switched off and allowed Sandown & Shanklin to take a quick penalty from which they scored a converted try. The final score was 17-25.
Head coach Andy Boyes said 'I think it’s fair to say we dominated Sandown & Shanklin in all areas for the majority of the game today. We briefly switched off near the end which allowed them a couple of soft scores. It was a really good team performance, we're getting back to the level we finished last season on. We had to make a number of changes to the team that beat Purley last week because of player availability. Again, the players that came in played extremely well. We will have a full squad available next week, it will make selection very difficult.'
The man of the match was Second Row, John Williams.

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Eastleigh 28-15 Purley John Fisher RFC
13th Sep 2014

Eastleigh got their season off to a good start with a bonus point 28-15 win against Purley John Fisher.

Purley had all the early pressure but solid defending by Eastleigh held them up when they crossed the line twice. On 20 minutes Purley had the opportunity to take the lead following an infringement at the scrum but the kick was put wide.

This appeared to wake Eastleigh up and following a clearance kick winger Ian Scott was able to make a lot of ground before moving the ball wide to winger Ash Holland who kicked ahead. The chase was on but Purley managed to clear their lines.

Eastleigh were starting to get into the game now, however on 25 minutes Purley kicked the first points to make the score 0-3.

Eastleigh hit back with a try on 30 minutes. A lineout on the Purley 22m was cleanly won, the ball was moved through the backs hands quickly. Centre Chris Cove hit the line at pace breezing past the Purley centres before moving the ball wide to winger Ash Holland who scored in the corner. Scrum half, Jon Lynch narrowly missed the conversion to make the score 8-3.

Eastleigh were on top now and just before half time, Phil Baldwin scored a drop goal to make the half time score 11-3.

Eastleigh started the second half well and on 50 minutes following a scrum, captain Paul Fudio picked up and broke down the blind side, the forwards sucked in the Purely defence and an excellent cross field kick by fly half, Phil Baldwin put full back, Jack Curtis in in the corner to score Eastleigh’s 2nd try. The score was now 16-3.

On 60 minutes flanker, Ben White was shown a yellow card for a breakdown offence, Eastleigh were down to 14 men. They dug deep and were rewarded when second row, John Williams went over in the corner to make the score 21-3.

Purley started to make some ground. The ball was moved wide and their winger went close but was stopped just short with a try saving tackle by Ian Scott. Eastleigh, hooker Stu Mason was then awarded a yellow card for slowing the ball down at the resulting breakdown.

With Eastleigh down to 14 men again, they reacted well and put the pressure on Purley. After some good clearing out at the breakdown, centre Matt Blackman was able to score the bonus point try under the posts. Jon Lynch converted to make the score 28-3.

On 75 minutes with Eastleigh still down to 14 men, Purley managed to score a converted try to make the score 28-10.

On 78 minutes Eastleigh switched off at a lineout and let Purley score their 2nd try to make the score 28-15

From the restart Eastleigh narrowly missed scoring their 5th try with the ball being dropped just a metre from the line.

The final score was 28-15.

Head Coach Andy Boyes said ‘I’m extremely pleased to get a bonus point win today. We had to make a number of positional changes because of unavailability and gave three young players 1st team debuts, Matt Blackman, John Williams & Ben White. All performed very well, two of them scoring. There’s lots to work on in training this week but we are very happy to take a win from the first game.’

Eastleigh’s Man of the Match was Jon Lynch.

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Ellingham and Ringwood RFC 6-44 Eastleigh
10th May 2014

Eastleigh’s gradual and successful climb through the county’s rugby ranks came to a climax at the weekend when they claimed the Gales HSB Hampshire Bowl.
A close encounter against regular London SW3 rivals Ellingham & Ringwood was expected but Eastleigh’s desire and work-rate helped them to a 44-6 win and some well-deserved silverware.
Visitors Eastleigh got into their stride after an end-to-end start and built up a healthy 27-6 half-time lead. They produced much of the same after the break to widen the gap but were made to defend their advantage over the last 15 minutes as battling Ellingham pinned them back in their own 22.
Fittingly the final try of the game came from Eastleigh skipper Russell Smith - who is stepping down after four years of captaincy - following a clinical break out of their own 22.
Smith said: “I’m over the moon; this is a perfect end to a perfect four years for me. All the hard work and training on cold, dark and wet nights has paid off.
“We finished third in the league and are winners of the Bowl and put 40 points against a side that defeated us at the beginning of the season.
“Credit to Ellingham because it is difficult for anyone to play against a team on the boil and we certainly were today.”
It took just four minutes for Eastleigh to get on the scoreboard as Paul Fudio crossed in the corner.
The Es had their chances to get back on level terms and missed a couple of penalty attempts but Eastleigh were creating as many opportunities and came close to extending their lead after charging down a drop-goal attempt – the home side just managed to thwart the break.
Eastleigh wing Jon Lynch then struck with a penalty and opposite number Charlie Crockram answered with a couple before the visitors got into the groove.
Scrum half Sean Hayes weaved his way through the Es' defence to place the ball down and Chris Cove created the best move of the first half when he collected a kick out of defence on the half-way line and split Es’ static defence before off-loading to supporting Number 8 Rich O’Donnell to cross the line.
Eastleigh fed off their success and were five more points to the good within a minute as Cove sidestepped his way past opponents to touch down in the corner.
Again it was one-way traffic at the start of the second half with Eastleigh quicker and sharper at the breakdown. Lynch looked as if he was about to touch down but managed an improvised overhead back pass as he was tackled and hooker Stu Mason followed up to ground the ball.
Eastleigh were securing every 50-50 ball and soon fed it out wide for wing Ash Holland to collect and he dived into the corner for Eastleigh’s sixth try.
Ringwood then had their best spell but Eastleigh proved they could defend as well as attack and denied the home side a dime. When they did break out they did it in style – Sam Prout leading the charge and captain Smith eventually being fed by teammates to complete the scoring.
Nine of Eastleigh’s points came from Jon Lynch’s boot and Phil Baldwin was named their Pipestock Man of the Match.
Eastleigh coach Andy Boyes said: “We just played fantastically and they did everything we asked of them. It was an excellent finish to an excellent season and we want to push on from here.
“It was a fitting end to Russell’s captaincy with him getting the last try of the game.”
Ellingham & Ringwood captain Duncan Soden said: “It is always disappointing to lose a cup final, but we’ve had a good cup run and we must use this to build the foundations for next season.”
Report by courtesy of Southern Daily Echo.

Eastleigh 12-0 Sandown and Shanklin
19th Apr 2014

Eastleigh secured their place in the Hampshire Bowl Final with a well deserved 12-0 victory over league rivals Sandown & Shanklin.

Eastleigh started the game well forcing a number of penalties in the first 5 minutes. On 10 minutes fly half Phil Baldwin narrowly missed a penalty attempt.

The next 20 minutes were contested in the Sandown & Shanklin half with Eastleigh putting the pressure on but Sandown & Shanklin defending well. On 30 minutes Phil Baldwin converted a penalty to give Eastleigh a well deserved 3-0 lead.

Eastleigh suffered two blood injuries in quick secession, firstly second row Adam Kidd and then number 8 Paul Fudio. Flanker Richard O'Donnell filling in on both occasions.

Sandown & Shanklin’s only opportunity to score in the game came on 35 minutes with a penalty which was kicked wide. The half time score was 3-0. However it didn't reflect Eastleigh's first half dominance or territory.

Eastleigh started the second half well and made several good attacks in the Sandown & Shanklin half but good defence kept them out. Centre Adam Gallagher was replaced on 50 minutes with centre Martin Kirby. Five minutes later hooker John Lamb was replaced with hooker Andy Innes.

Two excellent cross field kicks from Phil Baldwin nearly put winger Jon Lynch in, unfortunately the ball didn't bounce well on both occasions.

Eastleigh were dominant forcing Sandown & Shanklin to kick deep to clear their lines, only for the Eastleigh back three to run it back at them. Winger Ash Holland had two excellent runs beating several players. The Eastleigh pressure resulted in another penalty which Phil Baldwin narrowly missed on 60 minutes. Full back Chris Cove replaced full back Jack Curtis.

Eastleigh continued to pin Sandown & Shanklin in their half and on 65 minutes the dominant Eastleigh scrum won another penalty. Phil Baldwin converted to make the score 6-0.

Shortly afterwards, Paul Fudio left the field with an injury and was replaced with flanker Richard O'Donnell. Unfortunately, the normally reliable Phil Baldwin narrowly missed the penalty attempt.

On 70 minutes a Sandown & Shanklin player was shown a yellow card for a punch. Jon Lynch took over the kicking duties and converted the penalty to make the score 9-0.

From the restart Sandown & Shanklin kicked the ball straight into touch and Eastleigh opted for the scrum. Eastleigh were given another 10m when a Sandown & Shanklin player challenged the referees decision. Jon Lynch then stepped up and kicked another penalty to make the final score 12-0.

Head coach Andy Boyes said 'It's fantastic for the players and supporters to have reached the Hampshire Bowl Final. We produced a strong, disciplined performance today and didn't allow Sandown & Shanklin to play. They never entered our 22 throughout the game and we limited them to only one kickable penalty attempt. Our scrum was excellent again and we had them going backwards for much of the game. Our backs defensive line was superb stopping them breaking the gain line.'

The Pipestock man of the match was Prop, Paul Taylor.

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Purley John Fisher RFC 27-30 Eastleigh
12th Apr 2014

Eastleigh secured 3rd place in the league with a 30-27 victory over Purley John Fisher.

Eastleigh started the stronger with fly half Phil Baldwin putting in an excellent cross field kick which winger Jon Lynch caught, beat the Purley winger and scored in the corner. Phil Baldwin narrowly missed the conversion. The score was 0-5 with 5 minutes gone.

Purley responded with their forwards attacking the Eastleigh midfield and their 10 giving them some good field position. They were rewarded with two quick tries on 7 minutes and 10 minutes. The score was 14-5 and Eastleigh looked shocked at this stage after such a good start. Purley had the opportunity to extend their lead but the penalty was missed.

Eastleigh started to get their game together and on 25 minutes from a good scrum on the Purley 10m line, the ball was moved quickly to the backs. Winger Ash Holland came in from the wing on a set move and ran cleanly through the Purley back line to score. Phil Baldwin converted to make the score 14-12.

With 35 minutes on the clock a Purley forward was shown a yellow card for illegal use of the boot. Eastleigh took advantage and following another good scrum a blind side set piece move was called.
Number 8 Paul Fudio picked up and passed to scrum half Sean Hayes who passed to winger Jon Lynch who then gave the inside pass to centre Adam Gallagher who scored Eastleigh’s 3rd try. The conversion was missed. The score was now 14-17.

With half time approaching Purley were able to level the scores 17-17 with a penalty.

Eastleigh started the second half well. An early penalty from Phil Baldwin made the score 17-20. Purley hit back on 55 minutes with another penalty to level the score again. The game was evenly contested at this stage.

With 60 minutes gone Eastleigh secured the try bonus point with a 2nd try for Jon Lynch following some excellent offloading between forwards and backs. Phil Baldwin converted to make the score 20-27. The score was extended again with a penalty by Phil Baldwin on 65 minutes to make the score 20-30.

Eastleigh tried to close the game out by kicking to the corners and keeping Purley in their half. Purley fought back hard and were able to score their 3rd try on 75 minutes to make the score 27-30.

The last 5 minutes were fought in the midfield with Purley trying to score but Eastleigh defending well. The final score was 27-30.

Head Coach Andy Boyes said 'It’s been a fantastic season for Eastleigh RFC, this is the highest league position the club has ever finished. I’m really proud of what has been achieved and would like to thank the players, coaches and volunteers that have got us to this position. We’re now looking forward to the Bowl semi final next week against Sandown & Shanklin.’

The Pipestock man of match was fly half, Phil Baldwin.

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Eastleigh 10-28 Farnham RUFC
5th Apr 2014

Eastleigh lost 10-28 to runaway league leaders Fareham.

Eastleigh started slowly again and were caught napping following a kickoff return which went straight to the Farnham full back. The Fareham full backs excellent pace allowed him to beat four Eastleigh players and run 70m to score the 1st try. The conversion was missed and the score was 0-5 with only a minute on the clock.

Eastleigh were momentarily rocked and from the restart Fareham were awarded a penalty which they kicked to the corner. From the resulting lineout, a driving maul was initially defended well but from the 2nd phase the Fareham number 8 was able to crash over from 5m out. The try was converted and the score was 0-12 with 5 minutes gone.

The Eastleigh heads didn’t go down and from the restart they were awarded a penalty. Fly half, Phil Baldwin converted to make the score 3-12.

The penalty seemed to galvanise Eastleigh and they started to play. The forwards started to make ground and the defence from the backs forced Farnham to start making some errors and kick for territory rather than run the ball.

Farnham were awarded a penalty attempt on 20 minutes but it went wide. Both teams had their chances to increase the score but were unable to convert. Eastleigh were having the better of the play now and on 25 minutes an excellent lineout and subsequent driving maul from 10m out resulted in captain Russell Smith scoring. Phil Baldwin converted to make the score 10-12. The game was in the balance now and Farnham weren’t looking so assured.

With half time approaching Fareham were awarded a penalty which they converted to make the score 10-15 at half time.

Fareham started the second half strongly scoring a drop goal with 2 minutes gone. The score was 10-18.

The game was again in the balance with both teams attacking and defending well. Both teams had opportunities to score.

On 60 minutes Fareham were able to break the Eastleigh line out wide and were able to score their 3rd try and make the score 10-25.

Eastleigh continued to push hard but were unable to break the Fareham defence. On 30 minutes Farnham converted a penalty to make the score 10-28.

For the last five minutes Eastleigh were in the Farnham 22 but were unable to score. The final score was 10-28.

Head Coach Andy Boyes said 'I’m really proud of the boys today, to come back after conceding 12 points so early and still be in the game with 20 minutes to go was fantastic. Farnham are a good side and congratulations to them for their promotion, however I think we gave them one of their hardest games of the season, it’s the first time in 19 games they haven’t scored a try bonus point. Our lineout was excellent stealing a number of Farnham balls, the scrum was dominant with the Fareham number 8 having to clean up while going backwards the majority of the time and pressure defence from the backs was excellent.’

The Pipestock man of match was flanker, Tony Fudio.

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Old Cranleighans RFC 10-50 Eastleigh
22nd Mar 2014

Eastleigh returned to winning ways with a convincing 10-50 bonus point win at second from bottom Old Cranleighans (OC).

Eastleigh dominated the game from the start. Phil Baldwin kicked a penalty on 2 minutes to make the score 0-3.

Eastleigh’s 1st try was scored on 10 minutes following a quickly taken free kick. Good hands in the backs allowed winger Sam Prout to run in from the OC 10m line beating two players on the way. Phil Baldwin kicked the conversion to make the score 0-10.

Sam Prout then scored his 2nd try following an excellent cross field kick by Phil Baldwin. Sam recovered the ball and score in the corner. Phil Baldwin converted from the touchline to make the score 0-17.

Eastleigh prop, Andy King had to leave the field because on injury on 20 minutes which gave a 1st team debut to hooker, Nick Blake. Phil Baldwin narrowly missed a 2nd penalty attempt on 22 minutes.

Eastleigh were rampant, backs and forwards combining well and they went close on 25 minutes but an early tackle by OC game them a penalty. Captain, Russ Smith opted for the lineout. From the lineout the ball was moved quickly and a training ground backs move allowed centre Adam Gallagher to score unopposed under the posts. Phil Baldwin converted to make the score 0-24.

On 35 minutes, full back Jack Curtis was stopped inches from the line following another excellent attack by the backs.

Eastleigh secured the bonus point following a strong run by Sam Prout who off loaded to the supporting players. The ball eventually went to Adam Gallagher who scored. Phil Baldwin converted to make the score 0-31.

Just before half time, OC made their way into the Eastleigh 22m. The ball was kicked out of the ruck by an Eastleigh player and unfortunately it went straight to the OC centre who was able to break through the back line and score an unconverted try. The half time score was 5-31.

Eastleigh had the wind and sun behind them in the second half. Eastleigh started the second very well. Excellent hands again gave them field position. With 5 minutes gone, a great solo effort by flanker, Richard O’Donnell gave Eastleigh their 5th try. Phil Baldwin converted and the score was 5-38.

Eastleigh were rampant again and had the opportunity to extend the score but a forward pass, a foot in touch and a pass straight into touch meant at least three further try scoring opportunities were missed.

On 55 minutes OC were able to get a 2nd score when they broke down the blind side scoring an unconverted try in the corner. The score was 10-38.

On 65 minutes, Sam Prout scored his 3rd try. Phil Baldwin narrowly missed the conversion. The score was 43-10.

Just before the final whistle, OC threw a quick lineout which didn’t go to hand, flanker Jon Lynch recovered the ball passed to winger, Ash Holland who score Eastleigh’s 7th try. Phil Baldwin converted to make the final score 10-50.

Head Coach Andy Boyes said 'We played really well today. The forwards were dominant and the backs were excellent scoring all seven tries today. We have gone a long way to securing our ambition of finishing 3rd in the league today. With two games left we are nine points clear of Sandown & Shanklin, with ten points to play for. Congratulations to hooker, Nick Blake who made his 1st team debut today and winger, Sam Prout who scored three tries today.’

The Pipestock man of match was winger, Sam Prout.

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Eastleigh 24-38 KCS Old Boys RFC
8th Mar 2014

Eastleigh lost 24-38 to 2nd place promotion chasing KCS Old Boys.

Eastleigh started very well and had all the early pressure. With only 5 minutes on the clock a KCS player was shown a yellow card for a deliberate infringement near the KCS try line. Eastleigh’s lineout and driving maul was functioning extremely well forcing a succession of penalties. Eastleigh opted to kick for goal and fly half, Phil Baldwin converted to make the score 3-0 on 7 minutes.

KCS hit back and converted a penalty on 9 minutes to make the score 3-3. Eastleigh narrowly missed a penalty on 13 minutes. Eastleigh were dominant during this period with the forwards driving well and backs making ground. On 20 minutes and against the run of play a lose pass was thrown in the Eastleigh centres while trying to move the ball wide, it was intercepted on the KCS 10m line and KCS scored a converted try. The score was 3-10.

Eastleigh immediately hit back and on 25 minutes from a strong driving scrum 5m out, the ball was moved to Phil Baldwin quickly who cut back inside and ran in unopposed under the posts. He converted his own try to make the score 10-10.

On 35 minutes Eastleigh flanker, Richard O’Donnell was shown a yellow card for an infringement at the breakdown and KCS converted the penalty to retake the lead, 10-13.

Eastleigh went back on the attack and from a mid field breakdown the ball was moved to the Eastleigh backs quickly, the KCS second row made a late hit on the Eastleigh hooker and was duly shown a yellow card.

Eastleigh attacked again but the ball went lose and was cleared down field by KCS. The Eastleigh full back recovered the ball but narrowly missed touch and KCS were able to attack and score a converted try under the posts. The score was now 10-20.

With only minutes left before half time, a defensive error in the Eastleigh line allowed KCS in for their 3rd try in the corner. The conversion was missed. The half time score was 10-25.

Eastleigh started the second half the stronger and put KCS under pressure.

On 60 minutes KCS converted a penalty to make the score 10-28. On 65 minutes, following an excellent driving maul just outside the KCS 22m, the ball was moved quickly to Phil Baldwin who put in a cross field kick which was cleanly caught by winger, Jack Curtis who scored. Phil Baldwin converted to make the score 17-28.

KCS responded and were able to score their 4th try on 70 minutes to make the score 17-35.

Eastleigh didn’t give up and attacked KCS again and on 75 minutes were rewarded with a try for number 8, Paul Fudio following another excellent scrum. Phil Baldwin converted to make the score 24-35.

Eastleigh pushed hard for the 4th try to get a bonus point but KCS had the last word with a penalty to make the final score 24-38.

Head Coach Andy Boyes said 'I felt we dominated the first half but three mistakes cost us dearly. The second half was a much more even affair. I was really pleased how we had the resilience to keep coming back. KCS are a good side and took advantage of our mistakes. The boys will learn a lot from today’s game. If we want to progress to SW2 in the coming seasons we need to play like this every week. Overall, it was good game of rugby with KCS just coming out in front, if we could have got the 4th try for a bonus point it would have been well deserved.’

The Pipestock man of match was fly half, Phil Baldwin.

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London Exiles RFC 20-13 Eastleigh
1st Mar 2014

Eastleigh secured a losing bonus point against London Exiles losing 20-13.

Eastleigh started slowly allowing London Exiles the early pressure. On 10 minutes London Exiles went close with a driving maul from a lineout but strong Eastleigh defence held the ball up over the line. From the resulting scrum the London Exiles number 8 scored an unconverted try. The score was 5-0.

London Exiles then kicked a drop goal on 15 minutes to make the score 8-0. Eastleigh reacted well and started to get their game going. On 20 minutes Eastleigh were awarded a scrum inside the London Exiles 22. Number 8 Paul Fudio broke from the back of the scrum, passed to scrum half Sean Hayes who passed to winger Ash Holland who was stopped just short. He popped the ball up to Paul Fudio who scored a try. Fly half, Phil Baldwin hit the post with the conversion. The score was now 8-5.

Eastleigh were now looking the stronger side. Ash Holland went close again on 25 minutes. With Eastleigh pushing for a score they were awarded a penalty on 30 minutes which Phil Baldwin kicked to make the score 8-8.

Eastleigh created two good overlaps out wide but on both occasions the pass wasn’t given and the chances were missed. London Exiles had the opportunity to take the lead but a kickable penalty was missed.

Just before half time and against the run of play, London Exiles chipped over the Eastleigh defence and their centre was able run through and score a converted try to make the score was 15-8.

The half time score was 15-8

Eastleigh started the second half well but with 10 minutes gone Eastleigh prop Dan Achilles and the London Exiles flanker were shown yellow cards for minor altercation. London Exiles made better use of the yellow cards scoring an unconverted try on 55 minutes to make the score 20-8.

Eastleigh again reacted well and started to put London Exiles under pressure. Winger Sam Prout went close twice and similar to the first half two other what appeared certain scores were missed when the pass was adjudged forward.

The penalties started to come and Eastleigh went to the lineout and scrum to gain field position. London Exiles defended well but eventually on 30 minutes they were given another yellow card for persistent infringements.

On 75 minutes Eastleigh winger Jack Curtis scored an unconverted try in corner to make the score 20-13.

From the restart Eastleigh knocked on and from the resulting passage play couldn’t make any ground to attack the London Exiles line. The final score was 20-13.

Head Coach Andy Boyes said 'I’m disappointed with today’s result as we created enough scoring opportunities to win the game but unfortunately our reading of where the overlaps were and the final pass wasn’t good enough. London Exiles were a very different side to the one we beat at home and I’m sure other teams will find them difficult to beat at home. I was pleased how we stuck at it until the final whistle and secured a losing bonus point.’

The Pipestock man of match was Sam Prout.

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Camberley RFC 17-41 Eastleigh
22nd Feb 2014

Eastleigh put in an excellent second half performance to beat Camberley 17-41 and secure a bonus point victory.

Eastleigh started the stronger dominating play from the kick off. On five minutes centre Martin Kirby crashed through the Camberley back line, the ball was recycled quickly and moved through the backs hands with winger, Sam Prout scoring in the corner. Fly half, Phil Baldwin narrowly missed the conversion. The score was 0-5.

On 10 minutes, Eastleigh were awarded a penalty which was kicked to the touchline. From the resulting lineout, an excellent driving maul was deliberately taken down on the Camberley line. The Camberley flanker was shown a yellow card.

Eastleigh opted for the scrum and drove over the line but the ball was held up. From the second scrum Eastleigh drove over the line again but a Camberley player legally dived into the scrum when it crossed the line and prevented the score.

On 20 minutes Camberley cleared their lines, winger Ash Holland caught the ball and ran from the halfway line beating several players, as he was about to beat the last player his foot was adjudged to be in touch.

Eastleigh then had a quiet 15 minutes where poor tackling and a slow defensive line allowed Camberley two soft trys. The score was levelled on 25 minutes at 5-5. Phil Baldwin kicked a penalty to put Eastleigh back in front to make the score 5-8 but Camberley then scored again to make the score 12-8.

With half time approaching Eastleigh stepped up a gear and went on the attack. Strong running and good hands by the Eastleigh players resulted in centre, Chris Cove kicking through for Ash Holland to run on and score his 1st try of the day. Phil Baldwin converted to make the score 12-15 at half time.

Eastleigh started the second half how they had finished the first, on the front foot. On 45 minutes Ash Holland scored his 2nd try, an excellent individual effort. Phil Baldwin converted to make the score 12-22.

Eastleigh were completely dominant now and on 55 minutes centre, Chris Cove crashed through to score the bonus point try, Phil Baldwin converted to make the score 12-29.

With 60 minutes gone, Eastleigh were awarded a scrum just inside the Camberley 22. Number 8, Paul Fudio picked up and drove forward, he passed to scrum half Sean Hayes who passed to Ash Holland who was able to score his 3rd try. Phil Baldwin converted to make the score 12-36.

From the restart Camberley were awarded a penalty in the Eastleigh 22. They went quickly and were able to score an unconverted try. The score was now 17-36.

On 65 minutes Eastleigh went on the attack again. With Eastleigh breaking well down the blind side, the Camberley flanker put in a high tackle. Eastleigh were awarded the penalty and the Camberley flanker shown a red card for a second yellow card offence.

From the resulting play, second row Adam Kidd drove over the line to score an unconverted try. The score was now 17-41.

With 10 minutes remaining, flanker Connor Silcox was given his first team debut. Eastleigh kept the pressure on until the final whistle. The final score was 17-41.

Head Coach Andy Boyes said 'We were a bit rusty in the first half, having not played or trained properly for two weeks but our second half performance was excellent. We made changes to the front row, centres and back three this week to try different combinations and all played very well. We also took the opportunity to give Connor Silcox his 1st team debut. '

The Pipestock man of match was winger, Ash Holland.

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New Milton and District RFC 17-43 Eastleigh
1st Feb 2014

Eastleigh comprehensively beat New Milton 17-43 dominating them in every facet of play for the majority of the game despite being reduced to 14 men for most of the second half.

New Milton kicked off and had an early attack which resulted in a penalty for an off side. The penalty was missed.

From the restart Eastleigh went on the attack with the forwards dominating the contact area and giving good ball to the backs. On 10 minutes Eastleigh were awarded a penalty which centre, Adam Gallagher narrowly missed. Within a minute Eastleigh were awarded a 2nd penalty from a similar position which Adam Gallagher converted. The score was 0-3.

New Milton tried to attack from the restart but strong Eastleigh defence meant the New Milton player became isolated and Eastleigh were awarded a penalty for holding on.

Eastleigh camped themselves in the New Milton half winning numerous penalties at the breakdown. On 25 minutes Eastleigh opted for a scrum following a not straight line out from New Milton. From the scrum the Eastleigh pack drove New Milton backwards over their line and number 8, John Weatherall scored the 1st of his four trys. Adam Gallagher narrowly missed the conversion. The score was now 0-8.

On 35 minutes against the run of play, New Milton kicked from deep to clear their lines. The ball bounced awkwardly for full back, Jack Curtis who was unable to recover it. The chasing New Milton back picked up and was able to score under the posts. The conversion was missed. The score was now 5-8.

Eastleigh were not fazed by the lucky score and went back on the attack. A 5m scrum was awarded to Eastleigh and the forwards drove over the line again with John Weatherall scoring his 2nd try. Adam Gallagher converted to make the score 5-15 at half time.

The second half kicked off with Eastleigh immediately on the attack. Good interplay between forwards and backs and quick recycling meant they got within a metre of the line only to lose the ball in the contact. A second attack from a driving maul followed shortly afterwards only to be stopped short again.

With 10 minutes of the second half gone and Eastleigh only a few metres from the New Milton line, Eastleigh centre, Martin Kirby was shown a red card for a misplaced boot at the breakdown. Eastleigh adjusted well with full back, Jack Curtis moving to centre and flanker, Jamie Richards moving to full back.

With Eastleigh down to 14 men they dug deep and upped their game. On 55 minutes, Eastleigh were awarded another 5m scrum and drove New Milton backwards. New Milton deliberately wheeled and collapsed the scrum. The referee immediately awarded a penalty try. Adam Gallagher converted to make the score 5-22.

On 60 minutes, a New Milton player was awarded a yellow card for persistent team infringements at the breakdown.

Shortly awards, an excellent driving maul from a line out resulted in John Weatherall scoring his 3rd try. Adam Gallagher converted to make the score 5-29.

Eastleigh were totally dominant. Another 5m scrum resulted in John Weatherall scoring his 4th try. Adam Gallagher converted to make the score 5-36.

On 65 minutes New Milton had injuries to two of their front row and the scrums went uncontested which favoured New Milton giving them some clean ball from the scrum for the first time in the match.

On 70 minutes flanker Paul Fudio playing the in centre, made a great break and charged forward breaking three tackles only to be finally stopped 5m from the line.

Within a minute Adam Gallagher broke through, taking three New Milton players with him and scored by the posts. He converted his own try to make the score 5-43.

With Eastleigh tiring, having played the majority of the second half with 14 men and the scrum dominance nullified because of the uncontested scrums, New Milton were able to score two consolation trys. The 1st on 75 minutes and the 2nd at the final whistle

The final score was 17-43.

Head Coach Andy Boyes said 'This was one of our best performances of the season. We dominated New Milton in all areas of the game. It was really pleasing that even though we were reduced to 14 men we were able to score four trys in the second half. With a little more control and vision we would have scored a few more. The forwards were dominant, the backs ran good lines and our defence was excellent. I would also like to welcome back flanker Richard O'Donnell after a year’s absence following a broken ankle.'

The Pipestock man of match was number 8, John Weatherall.

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Eastleigh 20-3 Old Mid-Whitgiftian RFC
25th Jan 2014

Eastleigh moved to 3rd place in the league with a 20-3 victory over Old Mid-Whitgiftians.

Old Mids took an early lead on 5 minutes scoring their only points of the game with a converted penalty following an off side in front of the Eastleigh posts.

Eastleigh attacked from the restart and started to put Old Mids under pressure. Excellent kicking from fly half Phil Baldwin gave Eastleigh good field position on a number of occasions. However, the windy conditions and a strong Old Mids line out disrupted the Eastleigh line out preventing them from getting clean ball.

The Old Mids forwards were competing well at the breakdown giving their backs some quality ball, but an excellent defensive line from Eastleigh stopped Old Mids at the first contact forcing them to either knock on or kick the ball deep.

With pressure on the Old Mids backs, a loose pass was thrown by the Old Mids 10 which was intercepted by Captain Russ Smith who ran in from the half way line to score under the posts. Adam Gallagher converted to make the score 7-3 with 15 minutes gone.

Eastleigh were looking strong now and started to put together some good attacks. Eastleigh were awarded two 5m scrums which they drove close on both occasions.

From another 5m scrum the ball was moved quickly to centre, Pete Noonan who went close, beating three Old Mids players only to lose the ball forward from a last ditch tackle on the line. In the process he injured himself and had to leave the field.

Eastleigh had to adjust the backs line. Flanker, Jamie Richards moved to full back, Jack Curtis came into the centre and back row replacement, Ruari Andrews came on to make his 1st team debut.

Eastleigh kept the pressure on and were awarded a penalty on 35 minutes which Adam Gallagher converted to make the score 10-3 at half time.

Eastleigh started the second half well continuing where they finished the first half.

On 60 minutes Eastleigh scored their second try from a well worked move from a breakdown. Scrum half, Sean Hayes broke and made good ground, passed to replacement number 8 Ruary Andrews, who drove forward and passed to prop Paul Taylor who scored in the corner. Adam Gallagher narrowly missed the conversion the score was now 15-3.

Eastleigh were playing well and keeping Old Mids in their half forcing Old Mids to kick deep on a number of occasions to clear their lines, the kicks were cleanly taken by stand in full back Jamie Richards who with the support of winger Sam Prout ran the ball back strongly.

With time running short and Eastleigh attacking hard, Eastleigh were awarded two 5m scrubs which they drove hard to the line. Both times penalties were awarded for Old Mids collapsing the scrum. Eventually the ball was thrown out wide, excellent hands from backs allowed winger Sam Prout, making his 1st team league debut, to score in the corner. Adam Gallagher narrowly missed the conversion.

There wasn't time for the restart, the final whistle was blown and the final score was 20-3.
Head coach Andy Boyes said 'We took the opportunity to give league debuts to number 8, Ruari Andrews and winger Sam Prout today. Both played well with Ruari involved in the 2nd try and Sam scoring the 3rd one. It will make selection interesting this week as we have four 1st team players who were unavailable this week back for next weekend. Despite their league position Old Mids played well and their forwards made it difficult for us to get clean ball at the breakdown and lineout. However, our scrum was dominant and backs were excellent today given the conditions. I was particular pleased with our defensive line, restricting Old Mids to just a handful of attacks. ’

The Pipestock man of the match was prop, Dan Achilles.

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St Jacques RFC 6-28 Eastleigh
18th Jan 2014

Eastleigh got back to winning ways with a 28-6 victory over St Jacques in Guernsey in the Hampshire Bowl.

St Jacques had the early pressure and attacked Eastleigh for the first 10 minutes. They were rewarded for their efforts with a penalty which they converted to make the score 0-3.

From the restart, Eastleigh came back strongly. The driving wind and rain weather made playing conditions difficult with both sides dropping the ball on a number of occasions. This worked to Eastleigh’s advantage because their superior scrum was often able to win the St Jacques ball.

With 15 minutes gone Eastleigh attacked the St Jacques line but strong defence kept them out. Eastleigh were awarded a series of scrums on the St Jacques line. Eventually the pressure told and Eastleigh were awarded a penalty try as number 8, Paul Fudio was about to touch down following a strong drive. Full back, Jon Lynch converted to make the score 3-7.

Eastleigh were dominant now with St Jacques clearing from their 22m on several occasions only for Eastleigh to attack from deep again. However, good defence from St Jacques and handling errors from Eastleigh kept the score at 3-7 until the 30th minute.

Following some good driving forward play and a backs move off the training field, centre Adam Gallaher scored under the posts. Jon Lynch converted to make the score 3-14. The half time score was 3-14.

The second half kicked off with the weather conditions getting worse. St Jacques were awarded an early penalty which they converted. The score was now 6-14.

With the Eastleigh forwards creating a solid platform, Eastleigh fly half Phil Baldwin was able to put in some excellent kicks to gain the field position and keep St Jacques in their half.

Replacement number 8, John Weatherall scored Eastleigh’s 3rd try following an excellent driving maul from a lineout 10m from the St Jacques line. Jon Lynch converted to make the score 6-21.

With St Jacques pinned in their half. Eastleigh won another lineout, from the resulting breakdown replacement flanker, Huw Toner scored Eastleigh’s 4th try. The final score was 6-28.

Head coach Andy Boyes said ‘I’m really pleased with our performance today given the weather conditions and journey we made. St Jacques played very well and never gave in but our dominant forwards and excellent positional kicking won us the game. I would like to thank St Jacques for inviting us to play the game in Guernsey and for their excellent hospitality.’

The Pipestock Man of the Match was captain, Russell Smith.

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Sandown and Shanklin 31-13 Eastleigh
11th Jan 2014

Eastleigh lost their first game of 2014 with a 13-31 defeat to Sandown & Shanklin.

Eastleigh started the game the stronger and were awarded two penalties as reward for the early pressure. Unfortunately both were narrowly missed. On 10 minutes fly half Jon Lynch converted a 3rd penalty to make the score 3-0. Eastleigh were looking strong at this point and continued to keep Sandown & Shanklin in their half. On 20 minutes full back Phil Baldwin put in an excellent kick which winger Jack Curtis retrieved and nearly scored in the corner. A strong tackle from a Sandown & Shanklin player forced his foot into touch by the corner flag.

Sandown & Shanklin then started to get their game together and on 28 minutes, following some poor tackling by Eastleigh they scored a converted try. The score was 3-7. Sandown & Shanklin kept the pressure on until half time but were unable to score. The half time score was 3-7.

Sandown & Shanklin kicked off the second half with the sun behind them. From the restart Eastleigh didn’t gather the ball and Sandown & Shanklin capitalised scoring a converted try under the posts. The score was 3-14 with just 1 minute gone in the second half. Eastleigh were stunned and Sandown & Shanklin kept the pressure on and took advantage scoring their 3rd try on 45 minutes to make the score 3-19.

Eastleigh fought back and drove hard to the Sandown & Shanklin line on a number of occasions but strong defence kept them out. Eventually the pressure from Eastleigh told and the Sandown & Shanklin 10 was shown a yellow card. From the resulting play flanker, Hugh Toner was able to score to make the score 8-19.

With time running out Eastleigh tried to force and game. Full back Phil Baldwin was tackled on the half way line and whilst trying to off load the ball it was intercepted by a Sandown and Shanklin player who ran in unopposed under the posts. The score was now 8-26.

Eastleigh continued to play but a second interception following a forward pass by winger Jack Curtis resulted in another try for Sandown & Shanklin making the score 8-31.

With 5 minutes remaining Eastleigh pushed hard again and were eventually rewarded with a try for number 8 Paul Fudio. The final score was 13-31.

Head coach Andy Boyes said ‘We didn’t really turn up today. We played well for the first 20 minutes and then switched off. We didn’t tackle well or compete at the breakdown. Sandown & Shanklin were the better team and deservedly won today. Unfortunately we tried to force the game near the end and we gifted Sandown & Shanklin two interception tries. The only positive was we never gave in and fought to the final whistle.’

Eastleigh 10-8 Ellingham and Ringwood RFC
14th Dec 2013

Eastleigh finished 2013 on a high with a hard fought 10-8 victory over 3rd place Ellingham & Ringwood (E&R).

E&R started the game the stronger and on 5 minutes they were awarded a penalty in front of the posts which they converted to make the score 0-3. E&R continued to push hard but strong Eastleigh defence on their 22m line kept them out. However, the pressure eventually told with E&R being awarded two more penalties. Both were missed.

With 15 minutes gone Eastleigh started to play their game and put the pressure on E&R. The forwards started to make some indents into the E&R defence and the backs gained some good field position. The game was now more evenly contested with both sides attacking and defending well.

On 30 minutes, an excellent Eastleigh attack down the blind side from the E&R 10m line resulted in Captain, Russ Smith scoring in the corner after the ball had been moved quickly through four pairs of hands. Fly half, Jon Lynch converted from the touchline to make the score 7-3 at half time.

Eastleigh started the second half the stronger and were immediately putting pressure on the E&R line. Eastleigh had the opportunity to score from two 5m scrums but strong defence from E&R kept them out.

At this point it was all Eastleigh and as a result of the constant pressure an E&R player was shown a yellow card on 55 minutes. Jon Lynch converted the penalty to make the score 10-8.

E&R reacted well to the score and started to fight back and put Eastleigh on the back foot. The momentum was now with E&R again.

For the last 15 minutes E&R camped themselves in the Eastleigh 22m constantly attacking the line. The ball was held up on three occasions. The Eastleigh defence was excellent, soaking up the pressure. However, on 35 minutes Eastleigh centre, Pete Noonan was shown a yellow card for off side.

The E&R forwards continued to attack the line but Eastleigh held firm, eventually on 78 minutes E&R managed to get the ball out to their winger and score in the corner. The conversion was missed.

There was still time for one more attack from the restart. E&R made their way into the Eastleigh half and from just outside the 22m they attempted a drop goal which was charged down. The ball bounced favourably for E&R and they had one final attack which Eastleigh stopped. The final score was 10-8.

Head coach Andy Boyes said ‘We’re really pleased with the result today. We wanted to turn around the defeat to Ellingham & Ringwood at the start of the season and finish 2013 on a high. Ellingham & Ringwood had the majority of the possession but our defence held firm and it won us the game. We only conceded in the corner when we were down to 14.’

The Pipestock man of the match was second row, Adam Kidd.

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Farnham RUFC 35-23 Eastleigh
7th Dec 2013

Eastleigh lost 35-23 to league leaders Farnham.

Eastleigh started the game poorly and were 10 points down within 4 minutes. A kick into the Eastleigh half was not gathered by three players which allowed Farnham the early score under the posts. A penalty followed shortly afterwards.

Eastleigh then woke up and on 10 minutes were awarded a penalty which fly half, Jon Lynch kicked to make the score 3-10. The Eastleigh forwards started to get into the game and build the platform through some excellent driving mauls and a strong scrum. Following a good driving maul and some quick hands, Eastleigh captain Russ Smith went down the blind side and scored in the corner on 14 minutes. Jon Lynch narrowly missed the conversion. The score was 8-10.

Farnham responded and were awarded a penalty which they kicked to the corner. From the resulting lineout 5m out, they drove over the line to score a try in the corner. The conversion was missed. The score was 8-15.

From the restart Eastleigh number 8, Paul Fudio was shown a yellow card for taking the man out in the air. Blind side flanker, Tony Fudio was temporarily replaced with number 8 John Weatherall. Farnham pushed hard and with Eastleigh down to 14 men scored another try. The score was now 8-20.

Eastleigh reacted well and from another driving maul and break down the blind side, prop Paul Taylor went over in the corner on 30 minutes. Jon Lynch converted from the touch line and the score was 15-20.

On 35 minutes, Farnham put together a good backs move and were able to score a try in corner. The half time score was 15-25.

The first 20 minutes of the second half were evenly contested with both teams attacking and defending well. On 60 minutes the Farnham second row was shown a yellow card for hands in the ruck. Jon Lynch converted the penalty to make the score 18-25.

On 65 minutes, Fareham were awarded a lineout which they drove to the line, Eastleigh defended well and stopped them short but eventually Farnham got over the line. The score was now 18-30.

Eastleigh pushed hard again but unfortunately conceded another try shortly afterwards the score to make the score 18-35.

Again Eastleigh reacted well and pushed on. On 70 minutes, from a good backs move Jack Curtis was stopped short, the ball was quickly recycled and John Weatherall went over to score the try. Jon Lynch converted to make the score 23-35.

Eastleigh never gave up and put the pressure on Farnham. They cleared their 22 twice with deep kicks which flanker Jamie Richards, playing on the wing, caught and made two strong runs back into the Farnham half.

With 2 minutes remaining, Eastleigh were awarded a scrum just inside the Farnham 22. Eastleigh drove the Farnham pack back 10m, the Farnham front row came up again and Eastleigh were awarded a penalty. Eastleigh opted for the scrum, drove again but from the resulting play the ball was knocked on and the final whistle was blown. The final score 23-35.

Head coach Andy Boyes said ‘We started slowly today and were never able to close the 10 point gap we conceded in the first 4 minutes. However, I was really pleased how the boys reacted and they competed until to the final whistle, we never let Farnham break away. We were extremely unlucky not to have scored with the last play of the game which would have given us two bonus points.’

The Pipestock man of the match was prop, Paul Taylor.

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Eastleigh 49-11 Old Cranleighans RFC
30th Nov 2013

Eastleigh scored 7 tries to convincingly beat Old Cranleighans 49-11.

Eastleigh started the game well and immediately put the pressure on Old Cranleighans (OC). From a breakdown on the half way line, Eastleigh went down the blind side, moved the ball quickly through three pairs of hands to winger Ash Holland who ran in from the 10m line to score the opening try. Fly half, Jon Lynch converted to make the score 7-0 on 2 minutes. Eastleigh were awarded a penalty shortly afterwards which Jon Lynch converted to make the score 10-0.

Eastleigh were in total control and on 6 minutes, Ian Scott scored their 2nd try following an excellent kick between the OC winger and full back. The OC full back missed the ball and Ian Scott was able to pick up and score. Jon Lynch converted to make the score 17-0.

With 17 points on the board, Eastleigh eased off the pressure which allowed OC back into the game. OC were awarded two penalties which they choose to kick to the corner. From the lineout, two strong OC attacks were defended well by Eastleigh. With the defence holding firm and OC making little progress, they opted to kick a 3rd penalty which made the score 17-3 on 15 minutes.

Eastleigh hit back immediately and were awarded a penalty which Jon Lynch kicked to make the score 20-3.

Following the score, Eastleigh went back on the attack. Unfortunately, the ball was turned over in the OC half and the OC fly half chipped over the upcoming Eastleigh defence. The OC full back recovered the ball and was able to run half the pitch to score in the corner. The score was now 20-8.

On 35 minutes with Eastleigh dominating again, the Eastleigh pack drove over from a 5m scrum and number 8, Paul Fudio scored. Jon Lynch narrowly missed the conversion. The score was 25-8 at half time.

Eastleigh started the second half in the same way they finished the first. The forwards were totally dominant which gave the backs the platform to attack.

With 45 minutes on the clock, Eastleigh centre Chris Cove was shown a yellow for hands in the ruck. With Eastleigh down to 14 men on the pitch they went up a gear. Number 8, Paul Fudio was moved to centre and flanker, Will Todd was replaced with number 8, John Weatherall.

On 50 minutes following a series of attacks, Eastleigh were awarded a 5m scrum, they opted to go one man short in the backs and drove over the OC line with number 8, John Weatherall scoring the bonus point try. The score was now 30-8.

OC were awarded a penalty which was converted to make the score 30-11.

With 15 players back on the pitch, Eastleigh continued to put the pressure on. On 60 minutes another 5m scrum resulted in John Weatherall scoring his 2nd try to make the score 35-11.

On 70 minutes, Chris Cove picked a fantastic line and with scrum half Sean Hayes reversing the play, Chris ran in under posts unopposed. Jon Lynch converted to make the score 42-11.

The final try of the day was the best, a complete team try. Prop, Paul Taylor made a rampaging run from the Eastleigh 22m to the half way line, he off loaded to second row, Russ Smith who passed to winger, Ash Holland, who passed to number 8, John Weatherall who made the final pass to second row, Adam Kidd who scored under the posts. Jon Lynch converted to make the final score 49-11.

Head coach Andy Boyes said ‘We played some excellent rugby today. We had a great start which put us on the front foot. Our forwards gave us the platform which allowed the backs clean ball. We had to make four changes from last week because of unavailability and all those coming in played very well, selection will be difficult this week. The last try of the day was a fantastic team try. It’s great to see the effort that is put in training rewarded on match day.’

The Pipestock man of the match was fly half, Jon Lynch.

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KCS Old Boys RFC 11-3 Eastleigh
23rd Nov 2013

Eastleigh narrowly lost 11-3 to unbeaten KCS who were top of league at the start of the day.

Eastleigh produced their best start of the season pinning KCS in their half for the first 20 minutes. The early Eastleigh pressure was rewarded with a long range penalty on 4 minutes which was narrowly missed by fly half, Jon Lynch. Winger Ash Holland had two opportunities to score but last ditch tackles by the last KCS man stopped him on both occasions. Eastleigh were awarded a second penalty on 17 minutes for hands in the ruck which Jon Lynch converted to make it 3-0.

The game was then interrupted for 10 minutes following a serious injury to a KCS player. The game was moved to a second pitch to continue. Eastleigh lost some momentum when the game restarted which allowed KCS to come into the game.

Eastleigh responded well but unfortunately on 27 minutes and against the run of play, KCS put in deep clearance kick which got trapped under full back, Jack Curtis foot causing him to fall over. The chasing KCS centre was able to pick the ball up and score in the corner. The conversion was missed, the score was now 3-5. The half time score was 3-5.

KCS started the second half the stronger and were awarded an early penalty on 5 minutes to make the score 3-8. KCS were dominant in the first 20 minutes of the second half. Their scrum was going well giving their backs the platform to attack. The Eastleigh defence held firm on a number of occasions.

Having absorbed the initial pressure after half time, Eastleigh raised their game again and started to get their driving maul going. Eastleigh were awarded a number of penalties which they opted to go for the corner and take the resulting lineout. From the lineout’s Eastleigh went close on three occasions but were just unable to get over the line.

With 5 minutes remaining KCS were awarded a penalty which they kicked to make the score 3-11.

Head coach Andy Boyes said ‘We dominated the first 20 minutes of the game and were unlucky not to have scored two tries. We lost some momentum following the injury to the KCS player and unfortunately a lucky try against the run of play put KCS ahead at half time. Our lineout and driving mauls went well and our backs played very well when they had the platform in the first half. KCS are a good side and came back at us in the second half and caused us some problems at scrum time which prevented our backs getting clean ball. However, we dug deep and created some opportunities in the last 20 minutes to score but just couldn’t get over the line. We wish the KCS player a speedy recovery.’

The Pipestock man of the match was flanker, Huw Toner.

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Eastleigh 32-10 London Exiles RFC
9th Nov 2013

Eastleigh secured a bonus point win against London Exiles with a 32-10 victory.

London Exiles started the stronger taking the game to Eastleigh. An early penalty on 5 minutes gave them a 0-3 lead. Eastleigh hit back on 10 minutes with a well worked try down the blind side from a set piece move from a scrum, flanker Huw Toner scoring and Jon Lynch converting to make the score 7-3.

London Exiles responded well and had the opportunity to narrow the score but failed to convert the penalty. On 15 minutes, London Exiles set up a rolling maul and were able to drive over the Eastleigh line to score a converted try to make the score 7-10.

From the restart Eastleigh started to play. The game was more evenly matched now with both sides having opportunities to score. On 30 minutes Eastleigh were awarded a penalty which Jon Lynch converted to make the score 10-10 at half time.

Eastleigh started the second half very well putting pressure on London Exiles and keeping them in their half. On 50 minutes following a lineout from a penalty, prop Andy King broke from the back of an excellent driving maul and went over to score a try. Jon Lynch converted to make the score 17-10.

London Exiles tried to respond and were awarded a penalty but failed to convert. Eastleigh were now dominating with the forwards and backs attacking at every opportunity. On 60 minutes Jon Lynch converted another penalty to make the score 20-10.

On 70 minutes with the London Exiles line coming up quick, Phil Baldwin put in a cross field kick which winger Ian Scott was able to score in the corner. Jon Lynch narrowly missed the conversion and score was now 25-10.

With minutes remaining on the clock Eastleigh pushed hard for the bonus point try. Following sustained pressure, Eastleigh were awarded a penalty try when the London Exiles flanker dived in scrum as the Eastleigh number 8 was about to score following an excellent scrum. Jon Lynch converted to make the final score 32-10.

Head coach Andy Boyes said ‘We didn’t really turn up in the first half and London Exiles took advantage of that, we were lucky to be level at half time. We put things right at half time and the boys put in an excellent second half performance scoring 22 unanswered points and restricting London Exiles to one scoring opportunity. We needed a victory today to maintain our league position with three tough games to come before Christmas.’

The Pipestock man of the match was scrum half, Sean Hayes.

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Old Wellingtonians RFC 14-20 Eastleigh
2nd Nov 2013

Eastleigh continued their successful 2013/14 campaign with a win over a very spirited Old Wellingtonians side. With influential prop Paul Taylor and regular scrum half Sean Hayes unavailable, the team travelled optimistically, knowing that the home side, despite being bottom of the League, were very capable of playing at this League level.
With high winds and blustery rain, Wellie’s started the game stronger and settled to the conditions better than Eastleigh, scoring a converted try early on.
With this, the Eastleigh pack got their game together and pounded the Wellie’s line for 5 minutes before the ever improving prop, Dan Achillies crashed over their line. Jon Lynch added the extras and slotted two penalties.
After an exchange of attacks from both sides and some thundering tackles from Paul and Tony Fudio, Wellie’s got their second converted try with some handy loose play from their athletic back row.
With the referee missing a lot of the action in the tackle and break down areas for both sides, Eastleigh knew the game plan had to change. Eastleigh’s second try came five minutes before the final whistle when centre Pete Noonan made a fantastic inroad towards his supporting pack, off loaded in the tackle to Mickey Holmes who rolled out of two tackles to set up Captain Russ Smith to score just left of the sticks.
Game, set and match through determination and great support play, with a final score of 14 – 20.
Credit to Old Wellingtonians, as like every match report from games this season, they do not belong at the foot of SW3 and their luck may well change in the New Year!
Head Coach Andy Boyes said nothing as he was at the England v Australia game, “Poor form says the Eastleigh faithful, poor form”

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Eastleigh 45-7 Camberley RFC
26th Oct 2013

Eastleigh comprehensively beat Camberley 45-7 with their best performance of the season so far scoring six tries and securing a bonus point victory.

The Eastleigh forwards dominated the Camberley pack from the start of the game giving the Eastleigh backs the platform to move the ball around in difficult conditions. Eastleigh’s first score came on 10 minutes following some sustained pressure on the Camberley line with winger, Ash Holland scoring and Jon Lynch converting to make the score 7-0.

Eastleigh were awarded a penalty just outside the 22 on 20 minutes which Jon Lynch converted to make the score 10-0.

Eastleigh put Camberley under lots of pressure and camped themselves in their 22. After a series of attacks, Jamie Richards, who had an outstanding game, managed to drive over the line and score under the posts on 25 minutes. Jon Lynch converted to make the score 17-0.

Eastleigh maintained the pressure and went close on two other occasions but last ditch defending by Camberley kept the score to 17-0 at half time.

Eastleigh started the second half in the same manner as the first half and within 5 minutes of the restart, scrum half Sean Hayes broke through the Camberley defence and scored a try. Jon Lynch converted to make the score 24-0.

Following the score, Camberley put together some good phases of play and were able to attack the Eastleigh line and on 50 minutes following a driving maul and some quick recycling were able to score their only converted try to make the score 24-7.

From the restart Eastleigh went on the attack and again camped themselves in the Camberley 22. On 55 minutes, they were rewarded with a bonus point try by prop Dan Achillies. Jon Lynch converted to make the score 31-7.

On 60 minutes, Eastleigh made changes at 10 and in the front row, with Phil Baldwin replacing Jon Lynch and Andy King replacing Dan Achillies.

Eastleigh continued to dominate and played some excellent free flowing rugby with forwards and backs combining well. Ash Holland scored his second try on 70 minutes, running in from just inside the Camberley half. Phil Baldwin converted to make the score 38-7.

With 7 minutes remaining on the clock, Phil Baldwin saw the space out wide and put in a cross field kick which winger, Ian Scott was able to gather and run in Eastleigh’s 6th try of the day and his first 1st team try. Phil Baldwin converted to make the final score 45-7.

Head coach Andy Boyes said ‘We put in the best performance of the season so far, we worked hard for the full 80 minutes and that was reflected in the score today. As a team we felt we have improved week on week and a good performance was due. Our forwards dominated the Camberley pack in every aspect of the game which gave our backs the platform to run the ball and score some excellent tries in difficult conditions. Our backs were fantastic in both attack and defence today. We have worked hard on our defensive patterns in training and it showed in the game today. We must now build on this performance and take into next week’s game.‘

The Pipestock man of the match was winger, Ian Scott.

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Old Mid-Whitgiftian RFC 22-31 Eastleigh
12th Oct 2013

Eastleigh travelled to Old Mid-Whitgiftians and secured a try bonus point with a 22-31 win.

The first 10 minutes were evenly contested with both teams attacking and defending well. On 13 minutes Old Mid-Whitgiftians scored an unconverted try to make the score 5-0. The Eastleigh forwards started to get their game going and began to dominate the Old Mid-Whitgiftians pack.

On 15 minutes Eastleigh were awarded a penalty which Jon Lynch narrowly missed. With Eastleigh putting Old Mid-Whitgiftians under increasing pressure they had the opportunity to score on two occasions but came short with handling errors.

On 25 minutes, following a series of Eastleigh attacks in the Old Mid-Whitgiftians 22, the clearance kick was charged down by winger Ash Holland, who recovered the ball and went over to score. Jon Lynch converted from the touch line to make the score 5-7.

Eastleigh were now dominating Old Mid-Whitgiftians up front and within 2 minutes following some excellent forward and back play, hooker John Lamb was able to score. Jon Lynch converted to make the score 5-14. Eastleigh continued to keep the pressure on and on 33 minutes, centre Martin Kirby broke a number of tackles and crashed over the line to score Eastleigh’s 3rd try. Jon Lynch converted to make the score 5-21 at half time.

Eastleigh started the second half well and kept Old Mid-Whitgiftians under pressure. On 55 minutes captain Russ Smith scored the bonus point try to make score 5-26. Eastleigh then switched off briefly and on 60 minutes Old Mid-Whitgiftians scored their 2nd try to make the score 12-21. Eastleigh responded and Ash Holland scored his 2nd try with an excellent solo effort to make the score 12-31.

With Eastleigh thinking the game was won, they eased off the pressure and allowed Old Mid-Whitgiftians back into the game. On 70 minutes Old Mid-Whitgiftians scored their 3rd try to make the score 17-31. With the last play of the game from a penalty 5m out, Old Mid-Whitgiftians managed to score a 4th try to make the final score 22-31.

Head coach Andy Boyes said ‘We played some of our best rugby so far this season in the first half. Our forwards dominated the Old Mid-Whitgiftians pack in every aspect of the game allowing our backs to get some good ball today. We should have been at least two more scores ahead at half time but handling errors on the line cost us. Unfortunately, some poor tackling and the boys thinking the game was already won allowed Old Mid-Whitgiftians to score late on.‘

The Pipestock man of the match was winger, Ash Holland.

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Eastleigh 21-10 Sandown and Shanklin
5th Oct 2013

Eastleigh made it three wins from four games as they beat Sandown & Shanklin 21-10 to go fourth in London South West 3.

Sandown & Shanklin started the game the stronger scoring an unconverted try on four minutes from a well worked rolling maul. Eastleigh then got themselves into the game and started to put Sandown & Shanklin under pressure. On 10 minutes, Eastleigh were awarded a penalty which dropped just short in front of the posts. With Eastleigh continuing to attack the Sandown & Shanklin line, Jon Lynch converted his second penalty attempt to make the score 3-5.

On 20 minutes Sandown & Shanklin had the opportunity to increase their score for an Eastleigh infringement at the breakdown but were unable to convert. Eastleigh started to dominate up front and Sandown and Shanklin were now under increasing pressure. On 35 minutes, the Sandown & Shanklin full back was shown a yellow card. With the extra man Eastleigh were able to attack the Sandown & Shanklin line and just before half time, scrum half Sean Hayes was able to score an unconverted try in the corner to make the score 8-5 at half time.

Eastleigh started the second half the stronger with the forwards dominating the Sandown & Shanklin pack. Jon Lynch converted a penalty on 50 minutes to make the score 11-5. Eastleigh now camped themselves in the Sandown & Shanklin half and following a series of reset scrums, the pack drove over the line with number 8, John Weatherall scoring. Jon Lynch narrowly missed the conversion. The score was now 16-5.

Eastleigh were now in control and attacked the Sandown & Shanklin line on a number of occasions. Strong Sandown & Shanklin defence and handling errors by Eastleigh kept the score at 16-5 until the 70th minute. With the Eastleigh pack dominating a second push over try was scored by number 8 Jon Weatherall. The score was now 21-5.

With Eastleigh pushing hard for the bonus point, Sandown & Shanklin managed to break away and second their second try to make the score 21-10.

Eastleigh went close in the closing minutes but were unable to score. The final score was 21-10.

Head coach Andy Boyes said ‘I was happy with today’s performance, it was important to get a win before we go away next week. The first half was fairly even, however I felt we completely dominated the second half and were unlucky not to get the bonus point. We tried some new things in the first half that we have been working on in training which meant it was a bit disjointed. However, we adjusted things at half time and put in a good second half performance. We are starting to be more consistent again, we just need to put an 80 minute performance together.’

The Pipestock man of the match was scrum half, Sean Hayes.

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Eastleigh 20-17 New Milton and District RFC
28th Sep 2013

Despite not having a full team available as late as Friday afternoon due to injuries and unavailability, Eastleigh beat newly promoted New Milton 20-17. The first 5 minutes were evenly contested. On 10 minutes New Milton scored first with an unconverted try in the corner. Eastleigh responded quickly from the restart to make the score 3-5 with a penalty from fly half, Jon Lynch.

Eastleigh then dominated New Milton, camping themselves in the New Milton half for long periods. Eastleigh went close on several occasions but last ditch defence by New Milton kept them out. On 20 minutes Eastleigh were awarded a penalty which unfortunately hit the cross bar and rebounded out.

On 25 minutes following more sustained pressure from Eastleigh, a New Milton flanker was shown a yellow card for an infringement at the breakdown. With the extra man and the Eastleigh forwards dominating, prop Andy King went over for his first 1st team try on 30 minutes. Jon Lynch converted to make the score 10-5 at half time.

Eastleigh were awarded another penalty early in the second half. Jon Lynch converted to make the score 13-5.

Eastleigh then appeared to switch off and this allowed New Milton to gain some ground and put the pressure on Eastleigh. On 20 minutes, Eastleigh centre Dave Craddock was shown a yellow card for an infringement at the breakdown. With the extra man in the backs, New Milton were able to score a converted try to make the score 13-12.

Eastleigh woke up and again put New Milton under pressure. On 30 minutes, following an excellent driving maul from a line out , the ball was spun wide and Eastleigh winger, Ash Holland scored a try which was converted by Jon Lynch to make the score 20-12.

With a minute left on the clock, New Milton pushed hard again and were able to score an unconverted try in the corner to make the final score 20-17.

Head coach Andy Boyes said ‘I was pleased with the result today given the number of changes we had to make due to injury and availability. We had a number of players playing out of position. I felt we dominated New Milton in all areas in the first half, spending much of the time in their half. However, in the second half we didn’t keep up the pressure and we let them back into the game. Overall, the defence and tackling was much improved. I look forward to selection on Tuesday as I will have the whole squad available for next week.’

The Pipestock man of the match was flanker, Tony Fudio.

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Ellingham and Ringwood RFC 38-20 Eastleigh
21st Sep 2013

Eastleigh lost 38-20 at Ellingham & Ringwood. The first 20 minutes were evenly contested with Ellingham & Ringwood coming out top, 6-0 ahead with two converted penalties to one missed by Eastleigh.

On 20 minutes Eastleigh number 8, Paul Fudio returning to the 1st team after a lengthy absence, was cut badly above the eye requiring seven stitches. Paul was replaced by his brother, Tony Fudio who was immediately into the action picking a fantastic line, taking the ball at pace, only to knock on in tackle just on the line. Eastleigh were then awarded a penalty which fly half Phil Baldwin converted to make the score 6-3 on 25 minutes.

Eastleigh then suffered their second injury of the day with fly half Phil Baldwin leaving the field with a shoulder injury. Phil was replaced by Jon Lynch.

With Eastleigh still adjusting from the two changes, Ellingham & Ringwood were able to score two quick unconverted tries on 28 and 35 minutes to make the score 16-3 at half time.

Andy King was replaced by John Lamb at half time. Eastleigh started the second half brightly with an early penalty by Jon Lynch making the score 16-6. Poor tackling then allowed Ellingham & Ringwood to score their 3rd try which was converted to make the score 23-6.

Eastleigh responded well with captain Russ Smith scoring in the corner, Jon Lynch converted from out wide to make the score 23-13. Andy King returned to the field following an injury to hooker Stuart Mason.

From the restart and following some poor tackling, Ellingham & Ringwood scored a 4th try under the posts to make the score 30-13. Eastleigh didn’t let their heads go down and following some excellent forward pick and go play, scrum half Sean Hayes scored Eastleigh’s 2nd try. Jon Lynch converted to make the score 30-20. Eastleigh were back within 10 points again.

With 7 minutes left, again following some poor tackling Ellingham & Ringwood were able to score in the corner. A late penalty for Ellingham & Ringwood made the final score 38-20.

Head coach Andy Boyes said ‘I was disappointed with our performance today. Our first up tackling wasn’t at our normal level. The injuries in three key positions didn’t help either. It was frustrating that we were able to pull the game back within 10 points on two occasions only to let Ellingham & Ringwood score again. Ellingham & Ringwood deservedly won today. I was pleased how we didn’t let our heads go down. We’ll work hard in training next week and I expect a reaction from the boys for the New Milton game next week.’

The Pipestock man of the match was flanker, Mickey Holmes.

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Eastleigh 31-13 Purley John Fisher RFC
14th Sep 2013

Eastleigh started their 2013/14 campaign with an exciting 31 – 13 win against last year’s highflying Purley John Fisher. With a number of unavailabilities and injuries, Eastleigh were lucky enough to select from their large senior squad 18 players that did more than just a good job. In the opening half attacking plays were exchanged by both sides with Purley John Fisher coming out on top 9-13 after the first 40 minutes, with all of Eastleigh’s points coming from the boot of fly half Philip Baldwin. Although down at the half time whistle, Eastleigh felt they should have been in front or at least level as they had the majority of possession and the Purley John Fisher try was scored with an unlucky misplaced kick and an extremely unlucky bounce into Purley John Fisher hands for them to score under the posts. At the half time break, wise words from the senior coaches provided a new lease of life into the constructive playing patterns of Eastleigh. The summer fitness training certainly paid off as Eastleigh ran in 3 tries and missed a handful of chances with last ditched passes. All the tries from the Eastleigh camp were well worked team tries, 2 from Ash Holland and 1 from Captain Russell Smith, two of which were converted by Philip Baldwin. Within the waves of attack from Eastleigh in the second half, Philip Baldwin seemed to find himself at the centre of everything, whether it be 100% positional kicking or marshalling his back line creating space for scoring opportunities. The fly half clearly deserved his Man of the Match award. A huge welcome and well done to Ian Scott on his 1st Team debut, also big performances from John Wetherall and Stu Mason.

All in all a good day for the Bishopstoke Road side boosting the lads confidence for the season ahead.

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Eastleigh 14-31 Bognor RFC
13th Apr 2013

Eastleigh lost their final match of the season 31-14 to a Bognor side battling to avoid relegation.

The driving wind and rain made the playing conditions extremely difficult which meant there were a number of handling errors and a more forward orientated game which suited Bognor more than Eastleigh on this occasion.

Bognor started the stronger but strong defence from Eastleigh kept them at bay until Eastleigh were able to turn defence into attack. A driving maul resulted in Adam Payne, scoring a try which was converted by Lloyd Bennett, on 10 minutes. The score was 7-0.

Bognor then took the opportunity to put the pressure on Eastleigh and levelled the score on 25 minutes, the score was now 7-7.

Bognor needed a bonus point win and other results to go their way to avoid relegation and with a score on the board threw everything at Eastleigh. They were duly rewarded with two quick trys before half time to make the score 7-21 at half time.

Eastleigh started the second half the stronger and were awarded a penalty try following an excellent scrum which Bognor tried to disrupt by deliberately going off side. Lloyd Bennett converted to make the score 14-21. The game was more even now and Eastleigh started to attack the Bognor line. Eastleigh had the opportunity to score but handling errors and strong defence by Bognor kept Eastleigh out.

On 60 minutes Bognor were awarded a penalty which took the score to 14-24.

With 10 minutes remaining, Bognor pushed for the bonus point try and scored under the posts following a good backs move. The final score was 14-31.

Head coach Andy Boyes commented “It's been a fantastic season for us, finishing in 5th place for our first season back in South West 3 is a great achievement. We had to deal with a number of injuries and player availability issues in the second half of the season which meant players playing out of position but the whole squad did extremely well and they should be very proud of what they have achieved.”

The Pipestock Man of the Match was Paul Taylor (sponsored by J H Wilson).

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Ellingham and Ringwood RFC 20-33 Eastleigh
6th Apr 2013

Eastleigh got back to winning ways with 33-20 five try, bonus point victory over 4th place Ellingham & Ringwood.

Ellingham & Ringwood took the game to Eastleigh from the kick off. The excellent Eastleigh defence held firm for the first 5 minutes until the ball was turned over and Eastleigh broke down the wing with centre Jon Lynch, (sponsored by Lyndex Contractors Ltd.) scoring an unconverted try in the corner from their first attack. The score was 5-0.

Ellingham & Ringwood were clearly shocked and Eastleigh made the most of the pressure and were rewarded with a penalty shortly afterwards which was converted by Jon Lynch on 10 minutes.

On 14 minutes Jon Lynch was shown a yellow card for a high tackle. Ellingham & Ringwood tried to make the most of the extra man advantage but again very strong defence from Eastleigh kept them out.

Captain Russ Smith, (sponsored by Pipestock Ltd.) intercepted a pass in the Eastleigh 22m and kicked down field. From the resulting breakdown Eastleigh were awarded a penalty which full back Lloyd Bennett, converted to make the score 11-0.

It was all Eastleigh at this stage with some excellent forward and back interplay setting up at least three scoring opportunities which were missed when the last pass didn’t go to hand. Eventually the pressure told and Eastleigh no. 8 John Weatherall, (sponsored by Langdowns dfk) crashed over from 5m out to score Eastleigh’s 2nd try. Full back, Lloyd Bennett converted to make the score 18-0.

With Eastleigh back to full strength with the return of centre Jon Lynch to the field they continued to put the pressure on Ellingham & Ringwood. On 25 minutes Eastleigh had a 5m scrum which no 8. John Weatherall picked up and drove over the line for Eastleigh’s 3rd try and John Weatherall’s 2nd of the day. The score was now 23-0.

The Eastleigh scrum was totally dominant, winning all their own ball and easily disrupting the Ellingham & Ringwood ball.

Having racked up the early scores Eastleigh then became complacent and allowed Ringwood & Ellingham back into the game.

On 30 minutes Ellingham & Ringwood were awarded a penalty and quickly moved the ball wide and scored an unconverted try in the corner. The score was 23-5.

Just before half time, Ellingham & Ringwood were able to score their 2nd unconverted try. The half time score was 23-10.

Ellingham & Ringwood started the second half the better and on 45 minutes scored an unconverted try to make the score 23-15. Ellingham & Ringwood had the momentum at this point and Eastleigh were having to dig deep and defend their line.

On 50 minutes Ellingham & Ringwood scored another unconverted try to make the score 23-20.

Eastleigh regrouped and got their forwards going and took control of the game again. With 20 minutes remaining Eastleigh were awarded a 5m scrum which they drove over the line with lock Adam Kidd, (sponsored by Langdowns dfk) scoring an unconverted try. The score was 28-20.

Eastleigh were dominant again and centre Jon Lynch broke through the Ellingham & Ringwood line but just knocked on before the line.

With 10 minutes remaining Eastleigh were awarded a penalty and opted for the scrum. The forwards drove over again and Adam Kidd was able to get his 2nd try of the day. Eastleigh controlled the last 10 minutes and the final score was 33-20.

Head coach Andy Boyes said “I’m really pleased we have got back to winning ways, the last few weeks have been frustrating for both the players and the coaches given we have been playing well but losing by only one or two points. We had a number of changes again this week due to availability and injury and I was really pleased how the team played together. Our forwards dominated Ellingham & Ringwood in the set piece which gave us the platform and the opportunity for our backs to play today. I was particularly pleased the number of scoring opportunities we created. We dominated the 1st and 4th quarters but let Ellingham & Ringwood back into the game when we became complacent in the 2nd quarter. We’re looking forward to our last game of the season at home to Bognor next week. With a strong performance and a victory, 4th place in the league is a realistic chance.”

The Pipestock man of match was lock, Adam Kidd (sponsored by Langdowns dfk).

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Eastleigh 14-21 Weybridge Vandals RFC
30th Mar 2013

Eastleigh lost 21-14 to second place Weybridge Vandals in an exciting game which could have easily been drawn if it were not for some last ditch defending by Weybridge Vandals in the last 10 minutes.

Weybridge Vandals had the stronger start with a penalty on 2 minutes. From the restart Weybridge Vandals gathered the ball well and following quick hands the Weybridge Vandals winger was able to cut through the Eastleigh line and score an unconverted try in the corner, the score was 0-8 with 5 minutes gone.

Eastleigh then woke up and the game became a more even contest with both sides attacking and defending well. On 28 minutes the Eastleigh centre Pete O’Donnell, and the Weybridge Vandals no. 8 were yellowed carded for an altercation. Eastleigh finished the half the stronger. The half time score was 0-8.

Eastleigh started the second half well but on 45 minutes following a maul the Weybridge Vandals winger was able to break down the blind side and score his 2nd unconverted try in the corner. The score was now 0-13.

Eastleigh reacted well to conceding the try and immediately went on the attack. On 50 minutes Weybridge Vandals were reduced to 14 men again following a yellow card for a dangerous tackle. Eastleigh immediately took advantage and scrum half Sean Hayes, (sponsored by Declan Hayes) scored a try which was converted by Jon Lynch (sponsored by Lyndex Contractors Ltd.). The score was now 7-13.

Eastleigh continued to put the pressure on, Weybridge Vandals kicked the ball down field to clear their lines, flanker Tony Fudio, (sponsored by John Sneezum) caught the ball well and charged forward, the ball was moved wide quickly and the Eastleigh winger Jack Curtis, (sponsored by Park Home Services) scored a try. Jon Lynch converted to make the score 14-13.

Weybridge Vandals reacted well and started to put the pressure back on Eastleigh and on 60 minutes they were rewarded with a 3rd unconverted try. The score was now 14-18.

Shortly afterwards Weybridge Vandals were awarded a penalty in front of the posts. The score was now 14-21.

With 10 minutes remaining Eastleigh threw everything at Weybridge Vandals and camped themselves in the Weybridge Vandals 22.

In the last 5 minutes Eastleigh were awarded three penalties following the pressure they were putting on Weybridge Vandals. A 3rd Weybridge Vandals player was shown a yellow card and Eastleigh opted for the scrum from the penalty on the 5m line. Unfortunately, Eastleigh lost the scrum and Weybridge Vandals were able to kick the ball out of play. The final score was 14-21.

Head coach Andy Boyes said “I’m really pleased how the players performed today. We had a number of players unavailable and people playing out of position because it was a rearranged game following the postponement last week. It really was a game of two half’s, Weybridge had the first and Eastleigh the second. Overall, I think we deserved a draw given the pressure we had in the last 10 minutes.”

The Pipestock man of match was centre Martin Kirby, (sponsored by Aqua Heating & Plumbing Ltd.).

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Old Paulines 18-17 Eastleigh
9th Mar 2013

Eastleigh narrowly lost 18-17 in a well contested game where the lead changed on a number of occasions until Old Paulines took the points with a last minute drop goal.

Eastleigh started the stronger with the forwards going well in the loose and the scrum. On 8 minutes Eastleigh were awarded a penalty for an off side infringement which full back Lloyd Bennett, converted to make the score 3-0.

On 20 minutes with the Eastleigh scrum dominate, Eastleigh were awarded another penalty which Lloyd Bennett converted making the score 6-0.

Old Paulines started to put the pressure on Eastleigh and eventually following good recycling at a breakdown, the Old Paulines centre broke through the Eastleigh line to score under the posts. The conversion was missed. The score was 6-5.

The half time score was 6-5 to Eastleigh.

Eastleigh started the second half the stronger and within 2 minutes Eastleigh were awarded a penalty which Lloyd Bennett was unable to convert. Eastleigh were pushing hard and on 5 minutes were award a 5m scrum. The Eastleigh forwards drove over the line and no 8 Mickey Holmes, (sponsored by Armadillo Bay) scored the push over try. Lloyd Bennett narrowly missed the touch line conversion. The score was now 11-5.

The game was evenly balanced at this stage. Old Paulines were awarded a penalty which was converted to make the score 11-8. Shortly afterwards Eastleigh were awarded a penalty which Lloyd Bennett converted to make the score 14-8.

On 60 minutes the game was delayed for 10 minutes after Eastleigh flanker Tony Fudio, (sponsored by John Sneezum) was knocked out.

Old Paulines started the better after the delay, scoring a converted try in the corner. The score was now 14-15.

Eastleigh responded well and on 65 minutes Eastleigh were awarded a long range penalty which Lloyd Bennett converted to make the score 17-15.

With time running out Old Paulines pushed hard for a score and Eastleigh defended well. With 1 minute left on the clock, Old Paulines managed to recycle the ball on the 22m line in a central position and were able to kick a drop to win the game 17-18.

Head coach Andy Boyes said “It was disappointing to lose by a point for the second game in a row. However, it was a great game of rugby, well contested by both teams and it could have gone either way. I was really pleased with the attitude and commitment of the players today. We had to make a number of changes again because of injury and availability but everyone played well. I’m pleased to say that flanker Tony Fudio is fine after being knocked out.”

The Pipestock man of match was shared between Mickey Holmes, (sponsored by Armadillo Bay) and Adam Payne.


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Eastleigh 6-7 London Exiles RFC
2nd Mar 2013

Eastleigh narrowly lost 6-7 to London Exiles.

London Exiles had the early pressure and the opportunity to take the lead on 5 minutes with a penalty but it was missed. Eastleigh then woke up and started to dominate London Exiles, especially at the scrum, driving them backwards the majority of the time.

On 8 minutes Eastleigh were awarded a penalty which Phil Baldwin, (sponsored by Jelly Fish Solutions) converted to make the score 3-0. Shortly afterwards Eastleigh were awarded another penalty which Phil Baldwin narrowly missed. Eastleigh were playing all the rugby and had a number of chances to score but a lack of patience on Eastleigh’s part or last ditch defence by London Exiles prevented them from scoring.

On 35 minutes Eastleigh were awarded another penalty which Phil Baldwin converted to make the score 6-0. Just before half time and against the run of play, London Exiles scored a converted try under the posts from an intercepted pass. The half time score was 6-7.

The second half continued in the same manner as the first half with Eastleigh pushing hard but unable to convert their chances. Eastleigh were awarded two penalties but both were narrowly missed, one hitting the posts. The final score was 6-7.

Head coach Andy Boyes said “Today’s result is frustrating for the whole squad, similar to last week our defence was strong and our line was rarely threatened, unfortunately we gave London Exiles the game with an intercepted try. We are lacking a bit of composure and patience when the chances come our way at the moment. I’m confident we can put that right and get back to winning ways. We shouldn’t forget we have picked up three losing bonus points in our last four games and we remain 5th in the league.”

The Pipestock man of match was Jack Curtis, (sponsored by Park Home Services).


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Old Mid-Whitgiftian RFC 14-10 Eastleigh
16th Feb 2013

Eastleigh lost their 3rd game in a row losing 14-10 to Old Mid-Whitgiftian.

Old Mid-Whitgiftian had an early chance on two minutes to take the lead but the penalty was missed. On five minutes Eastleigh were awarded a penalty which Jon Lynch, (sponsored by Lyndex Contractors Ltd.) converted to make the score 3-0. The Eastleigh pack were dominating the scrum but were unable to capitalise on the possession from the set piece. On 20 minutes Old Mid-Whitgiftian were awarded their 2nd penalty which was also missed.

On 25 minutes, Eastleigh won the ball cleanly from their lineout just outside their 22m, Eastleigh fly half Phil Baldwin, (sponsored by Jelly Fish Solutions) tried to get the backs going forward and threw a miss pass intended for the outside centre, Old Mid-Whitgiftian intercepted the pass and scored a converted try under the posts. The half time score was 3-7.

Eastleigh put the pressure on after half time and were awarded two penalties in quick succession, unfortunately both were missed. Eastleigh continued to attack the Old Mid-Whitgiftian line but Old Mid-Whitgiftian defence kept them out. Eastleigh fly half Phil Baldwin, then saw the space behind the Old Mid-Whitgiftian backline and chipped over which allowed Eastleigh winger Jack Curtis, (sponsored by Park Home Services) to score in the corner. Jon Lynch converted to make the score 8-7 to Eastleigh. At this stage Eastleigh were looking the stronger and more likely to win the game.

Within five minutes of the restart, Old Mid-Whitgiftian put in a high kick which Eastleigh full back Chris Cove, (sponsored by D & E Office Solutions) tried to take whilst running at pace, unfortunately the ball was knocked on and bounced favourably for the Old Mid-Whitgiftian winger to collect and score a converted try under the posts. The score was 10-14 to Old Mid-Whitgiftian.

With 15 minutes remaining, Eastleigh continued to put the pressure on Old Mid-Whitgiftian but were unable to score. The final score was 10-14.

Head coach Andy Boyes said “Today’s result was disappointing, it’s been a number of years since we have lost three games in a row. Old Mid-Whitgiftian never threatened our line. Our mistakes gifted them two tries under the posts. Unfortunately due to injury and availability we had to make a number changes to our back line. The players that came in played well individually but as a team we were unable to convert of chances.”

The Pipestock man of match was Tony Fudio, (sponsored by John Sneezum).

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Eastleigh 0-6 Purley John Fisher RFC
9th Feb 2013

Eastleigh started the match with a last minute replacement for James Curran. Purley John Fisher played the better rugby in the first 10 minutes but after that Eastleigh came into the game and were rewarded with a penalty for their efforts which Jon Lynch,(sponsored by Lyndex Contractors Ltd) was unable to convert. Eastleigh camped themselves in Purley John Fisher’s 22 for at least 10 minutes but strong defence on the line prevented Eastleigh scoring. Eastleigh were then awarded a second penalty which Phil Baldwin, (sponsored by Jelly Fish Solutions) was also unable to convert. The score remained 0-0. Just before half time Purley John Fisher had an opportunity to score but were unable to convert their chance. The half time score was 0-0. Eastleigh ended the first half with the disadvantage of two injuries, Captain Russ Smith (sponsored by Pipestock Ltd) and Jamie Richards.

After half time Purley John Fisher played the better rugby with Eastleigh spending long periods in their half. Purley John Fisher had an early chance to get a score on the board but the penalty was missed. On 30 minutes Purley John Fisher were awarded a penalty in front of the posts which was converted. The score was 3-0. Shortly afterwards another penalty came and the score was 6-0. Eastleigh increased the pressure in the last 10 minutes but were unable to score. The final score was 6-0.

Head coach Andy Boyes said “I was very pleased with our defence today, Purley John Fisher had very few opportunities to score. Unfortunately we didn’t create a lot going forward and when our best chances came in the first half we didn’t take them.”

The Pipestock man of match Will Todd, (sponsored by K A Watts Plumbing and Heating).

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Eastleigh 8-16 Old Wellingtonians RFC
2nd Feb 2013

Old Wellingtonians took the lead on five minutes with a penalty. The score was 0-3. Eastleigh responded well and went very close on two occasions but strong defence from Old Wellingtonians kept Eastleigh out. Old Wellingtonians were then awarded a second penalty which was converted to make the score 0-6 on 20 minutes.

Eastleigh finished the half the stronger and looked the more likely team to score but were unable to make the pressure count. The half time score was 0-6.

Eastleigh started the second half the better and were awarded an early penalty which Russ Smith, (sponsored by Pipestock Ltd) converted. The score was 3-6. The game was more balanced now with both sides having opportunities to score. Old Wellingtonians were then awarded two penalties in quick succession, the first one was missed and the second converted. The score was now 3-9. Old Wellingtonians were now playing the better rugby through their forwards and following a good drive the ball was moved wide and a converted try was scored in the corner to make the score 3-16.

Eastleigh then woke up and put together some good interplay between forwards and backs. With Old Wellingtonians tiring Eastleigh centre Pete Noonan, (sponsored by Thomas Austin Hairdressers) was able to break the line and scored in the corner. Lloyd Bennett narrowly missed the conversion.

With 10 minutes remaining Eastleigh pushed on and camped themselves in the Old Wellingtonians 22. Eastleigh were awarded a penalty and opted for the scrum rather than take the penalty. Strong defence kept Eastleigh out. Eastleigh then had three more attempts at scoring but time ran out and Old Wellingtonians took the victory.

Head coach Andy Boyes said “We had to make a number changes today with five players unavailable and other players playing out of position. The players that came in played well but as a team we never really got going. I look forward to next week and having a full squad available for selection.”

The Pipestock man of match was scrum half Sean Hayes, (sponsored by Declan Hayes).

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Old Blues RFC 5-13 Eastleigh
26th Jan 2013

Eastleigh got back to winning ways completing the double over Old Blues with a well deserved 13–5 victory.

The game was evenly contested for the first 10 minutes. Eastleigh had an opportunity to score first but Jon Lynch, (sponsored by Lyndex Contractors Ltd) was unable to convert the penalty. Eastleigh started to put the pressure on with the forwards making ground through their quick off loading game and centres Jon Lynch and Martin Kirby, (sponsored by Aqua Heating & Plumbing Ltd) breaking the Old Blues back line on a number of occasions. Old Blues defended well but the resulting kick to clear their line often went straight to the Eastleigh back three which allowed them to run the ball back again.

Old Blues were awarded a penalty on 20 minutes but it was missed. With Eastleigh playing well, Jon Lynch converted a penalty on 25 minutes to make the score 3-0. Another Old Blues counter attack resulted in a penalty for Old Blues but it was missed.

Eastleigh were playing the better rugby with Old Blues on the back foot. However, the Eastleigh errors were keeping Old Blues in the game. On 30 minutes Jamie Richards was brought on for his 1st team debut. Eastleigh were awarded another penalty and opted for the lineout in the corner but unfortunately the ball was knocked on.

Just before half time, an Old Blues flanker was shown a yellow for entering the ruck from the side.

The half time score was 3-0 to Eastleigh.

Eastleigh started the second half the stronger and within 5 minutes made the extra man count with a well worked try, good off loading between forwards and backs resulted in Jamie Richards scoring his first try for the 1st team on his debut. Jon Lynch converted to make the score 10-3 to Eastleigh.

Following the Eastleigh score Old Blues started to play and on 50 minutes were able to score an unconverted try in the corner. The score was 10-5.

Old Blues were playing better now and Eastleigh full back, Chris Cove (sponsored by D & E Office Solutions) was shown a yellow card for an infringement at the breakdown. The penalty was missed.

With 14 men on the field Eastleigh played the percentages and territory game and kept Old Blues at bay conceding no points during the yellow card.

With 15 men back on the field, Eastleigh push hard again and made good ground and kept Old Blues in their 22. Eastleigh were awarded two penalties which were narrowly missed by Jon Lynch, one hitting the post. On 70 minutes with Eastleigh still pushing hard, an Old Blues winger was shown a yellow card.

On 75 minutes, Eastleigh were awarded another penalty which Jon Lynch converted to make the score 13-5. The final score was 13-5 to Eastleigh.

Head coach Andy Boyes said “It was a scrappy game with both sides making a number of handling errors, however I felt we deserved the win as we played the better rugby but failed to finish on a number of occasions having done the hard work. We had to make a number of changes because player availability and injuries this week, however I was extremely happy how the whole team performed. It will make selection difficult in the next few weeks. Congratulations to flanker, Jamie Richards who scored a try on his debut.”

The Pipestock man of match was prop Greg King, (sponsored by The Welcome Inn).

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Winchester RFC 10-3 Eastleigh
12th Jan 2013

Eastleigh lost 10-3, narrowly missing out on a draw with top of the league Winchester. The game was contested well in difficult conditions with both teams trying to play rugby.

Winchester had the early pressure and were rewarded with a penalty which made the score 0-3 on 5 minutes. Eastleigh responded well and were then awarded a penalty which fly half Phil Baldwin, (sponsored by Jelly Fish Solutions) converted to make the score 3-3.

Both teams attacked and defended well given the poor conditions. Eastleigh had two good opportunities with breakdowns 5m from the Winchester line but infringements cost Eastleigh and let Winchester off the hook. On 25 minutes Winchester were awarded a penalty which they failed to convert. The half time score was 3-3.

The second half continued as the first half finished with both teams going well. With 50 minutes gone, flanker Richard O’Donnell, (sponsored by Ye Olde Whyte Harte) sustained a dislocated ankle at a breakdown. At the restart, Eastleigh took the opportunity to bring on prop Dan Achilles, (sponsored by Achilles Wheels) for prop Greg King, (sponsored by The Welcome Inn).

On 55 minutes hooker John Lamb, (sponsored by N P Autoparts) was shown a yellow card for an infringement at the breakdown. Winchester missed the penalty. The score remained 3-3.

Eastleigh were down to 14 and raised their game which ensured no points were conceded during the yellow card. In fact, an excellent cross field kick by fly half, Phil Baldwin nearly resulted in winger, Jack Curtis, (sponsored by Park Home Services) scoring in the corner.

The game was very balanced now. The Winchester backs put a good move together and a centre broke through the Eastleigh line, with only one man to beat a score looked certain but a superb head on tackle by flanker Tony Fudio, (sponsored by John Sneezum) on the 22m line stopped him in his tracks.

On 65 minutes Eastleigh centre Pete O’Donnell picked up a strain and was replaced by Pete Noonan (sponsored by Thomas Austin Hairdressers).

With only 10 minutes left on the clock Winchester pushed hard to keep their promotion goal on track. Strong defence from Eastleigh resulted in full back, Chris Cove (sponsored by D & E Office Solutions) being shown a yellow card for an accidental trip, Eastleigh were down to 14. Winchester opted for the scrum, Eastleigh defended well but prop Paul Taylor (sponsored by J H Wilson) twisted his knee at the following breakdown and had to leave the field.

With no substitutes available because of injuries, Eastleigh were down to 13 for the subsequent uncontested scrum. The Winchester 8 picked up and just made it over the line to score a converted try. The score was 3-10.

For the last five minutes both teams continued to contest the game. The final score was 3-10.

Head coach Andy Boyes said “I was delighted with our performance today, we were able to show just how much we have developed since we last met Winchester earlier in the season. The boys should be extremely proud of their performance today. I was particularly happy with our scrumage, taking five against the head and our backs defence was superb. Winchester are a good side and I wish them luck with their promotion ambitions but I think they will feel lucky to have won this game today. It was disappointing to lose in the last few minutes but we were down to 13 at that point and had gone to uncontested scrums. Unfortunately, we will be without flanker Richard O’Donnell for the rest of season following his dislocated ankle and fractured fibula. He has been outstanding for us this season. I wish him a swift recovery.”

The Pipestock man of match was centre, Martin Kirby, (sponsored by Aqua Heating & Plumbing Ltd).

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Eastleigh 16-9 Sandown and Shanklin
5th Jan 2013

The match was preceded by a minutes’ silence to remember Mick Chalk B.E.M of Havant RFC.

Eastleigh won their first game of 2013 at home with a hard fought game against a determined Sandown & Shanklin. Both teams looked dangerous with the ball in hand and although scrappy in parts, was certainly an enjoyable fixture to watch.

The first half saw plenty of running rugby with Eastleigh getting the upper hand in terms of possession. Fly half, Philip Baldwin (sponsored by Jelly Fish Solutions), played the kicking game superbly, pinning Sandown and Shanklin in their 22 for large periods of the half. With good hard running from prop Paul Taylor (sponsored by J H Wilson) and lock Adam Kidd (sponsored by Langdowns dfk) scores looked likely, but the Sandown and Shanklin defence held strong.

The score at the half time remained close at 9 – 3 to Eastleigh with Jon Lynch (sponsored by Lyndex Contractors) providing his much relied on boot.

Both teams regrouped at half time and the Eastleigh camp felt positive from the restart with some great work around the breakdown area from the Eastleigh back row in Richard O’Donnell (sponsored by Ye Olde Whyte Harte), James Curran and Tony Fudio (sponsored by John Sneezum).

Around the 65 minute mark, Sandown and Shanklin worked their way to the Eastleigh line with a series of line outs and driving mauls. With this they started an onslaught on the Eastleigh try line for what seemed to last forever. The Eastleigh defence stayed strong, but picked up an unwanted yellow card for flanker James Curran for entering a maul illegally. With this, the onslaught continued but again great work around the contact area an unbreakable defence saw Eastleigh come away scot-free. With Eastleigh returning to 15 men they began rebuilding for their own push for 5 points but a great drop goal from the Sandown and Shanklin number 10 saw the score difference reduce to 9 – 6.

With 10 minutes remaining, Sandown and Shanklin were given their share of a yellow card and heavy pressure in the Sandown and Shanklin 22 saw scrum half Sean Hayes (sponsored by Declan Hayes) charge down a clearance kick for winger Jack Curtis (sponsored by Park Home Services) to touch down, Jon Lynch converted making the score 16 – 6 to the home side. With this, a couple of neat breaks saw the Eastleigh wingers make good yards deep into the Sandown and Shanklin 22 but good last man tackling saw them stopped just short of the line.

With 2 minutes left on the clock, Sandown and Shanklin were awarded a penalty on the 10 metre line which earned them a losing bonus point and making the final score 16-9.

Eastleigh Captain Russ Smith said that ”it was a fair game and although making a few last minute team changes due to injury and suspension, the 18 men that hit the field once again did their club proud. With both teams playing a similar game plan, it could have gone either way but credit to Sandown and Shanklin where their league status does not reflect their level of play”.

The Pipestock man of the match was Adam Kidd.

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Eastleigh 20-20 Ellingham and Ringwood RFC
15th Dec 2012

Eastleigh drew 20-20 with Ellingham & Ringwood in a game which they should have won.

Ellingham & Ringwood caught Eastleigh cold and opened the scoring with an incisive line break by their fullback on 2 minutes. The score was 0-5. Eastleigh responded well and after a series of breaks, prop Paul Taylor, (sponsored by J H Wilson) charged towards the Ellingham & Ringwood line and off loaded to prop Dan Achillies, (sponsored by Achillies Wheels) to score a try. Jon Lynch, (sponsored by Lyndex Contractors Ltd) narrowly missed the conversion when the ball hit the cross bar. The score was 5-5.

Eastleigh were now playing some good rugby. On 20 minutes a sweeping backs move put Jack Curtis, (sponsored by Park Home Services) over in the corner. Jon Lynch converted from out wide to make the score 12-5.

Eastleigh and Ellingham & Ringwood then traded penalties, Jon Lynch converting for Eastleigh. The half time score was 15-8.

Ellingham & Ringwood had an early opportunity in the second half to close the gap but failed to convert the penalty. Eastleigh continued to play some good rugby and number 8, Paul Fudio, (sponsored by ERFC Kit Store) beat several players from inside his own half, off loaded to fullback Chris Cove, (sponsored by D&E Office Solutions) in the Ellingham, & Ringwood 22. With a number of players in support the try looked to be on. Unfortunately the final pass to Ash Holland, (sponsored by D&E Office Solutions) was dropped. The score remained 15-8.

Eastleigh forwards were now dominant. Eastleigh were awarded a 5m scrum and with an excellent drive number 8, Paul Fudio touched down for a push over try. Jon Lynch failed to convert and score was now 20-8.

Eastleigh were pushing hard for the bonus point but following a period of loose play in the Eastleigh 22, Ellingham & Ringwood backs managed to score an unconverted try in the corner. The score was now 20-13.

Eastleigh responded again and on 70 minutes were awarded two penalties that Jon Lynch was unable to convert.

On 75 minutes, an altercation took place between a number of Eastleigh and Ellingham & Ringwood players. The outcome was a yellow card for the Eastleigh winger, Jon Lynch and Eastleigh were down to 14.

Play moved to the other side of the pitch and another altercation took place. Ellingham & Ringwood were awarded another penalty. With captain Russ Smith (sponsored by Pipestock Ltd) and hooker John Lamb (sponsored by NP Autoparts) down injured, Ellingham & Ringwood took a quick penalty and ran through to score a converted try under the posts to level the scores 20-20 with the final play of the game. Following the try the Eastleigh number 8, Paul Fudio was shown a red card.

Head coach Andy Boyes said “Our all round game was excellent for 75 minutes, just two lapses of discipline and concentration allowed Ellingham & Ringwood back into the game. Our handling was good in places but at least three scoring opportunities were missed when the last pass was dropped. Our forwards dominated the scrum and our driving maul made significant gains throughout the game. We knew Ellingham & Ringwood had some decent backs out wide but for the majority of the game I thought our backs marshalled them well. Overall, given it’s out first season in London South West 3, I very happy to have played 11, won 7, drawn 1 and lost 3.”

The Pipestock man of match was 2nd row and captain, Russ Smith, (sponsored by Pipestock Ltd).

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Weybridge Vandals RFC 33-9 Eastleigh
8th Dec 2012

Eastleigh lost 33-9 to 2nd place Weybridge Vandals in a well contested match.

The first half was evenly matched with Eastleigh taking the lead on 2 minutes with a Jon Lynch, (sponsored by Lyndex Contractors) penalty, the score was 3-0. On 10 minutes Weybridge Vandals scored an unconverted try from a driving maul off a lineout. Almost immediately Eastleigh responded and won a penalty which Jon Lynch converted to make the score 6-5. Another Jon Lynch penalty on 20 minutes made the score 9-5 to Eastleigh. Just before half time Weybridge Vandals put together a number of attacks on the Eastleigh line, initially Eastleigh defended well but with the Weybridge Vandals pack attacking hard, Eastleigh full back Chris Cove, (sponsored by D&E Office Solutions) was yellow carded for not rolling away at the breakdown. Weybridge Vandals opted for the scrum and again Eastleigh held firm but from the subsequent breakdown flanker Richard O’Donnell, (sponsored by Ye Olde Whyte Harte) was also yellow carded for hands in the ruck, Eastleigh were down to 13 players. Eastleigh defended well but with only 13 on the field conceded a converted try to make the score 9-12 at half time.

Eastleigh started the second half well and prevented Weybridge Vandals from scoring whilst there were only 13 players on the field. With 50 minutes on the clock, full back Chris Cove had a clearance kick charged down and Weybridge Vandals were able to run through and score a converted try under the posts. The score was now 9-19. Weybridge Vandals were now keeping the game very tight and eventually their forwards set up another converted try on 20 minutes to make the score 9-26.

Eastleigh then started to move the Weybridge Vandals pack around. A number of attacking opportunities were missed because of handling errors. Eastleigh pushed hard on the Weybridge Vandals line for the last 10 minutes and with almost the last play of the game Weybridge Vandals intercepted a loose pass on their try line and ran the length of the pitch to score a converted try under the posts. The final score was 9-33.

Head coach Andy Boyes said “The tackling and defence in the first half was excellent. I was disappointed to get the two yellow cards just before half time but I was particularly impressed with how we dealt with them. In the first 20 minutes of the second half we allowed the Weybridge Vandals forwards to slow the game down and that’s when we conceded the points. Once we started to move them around we were able to create some attacking opportunities. Overall, I’m pleased with today’s performance given we had to make two late changes and were unable to train last week because of the weather.”

The Pipestock man of match was flanker, Tony Fudio, (sponsored by John Sneezum).

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Eastleigh 27-7 Old Paulines
24th Nov 2012

In very difficult playing conditions, Eastleigh recorded their 7th win of the season with a bonus point victory over Old Paulines.

Old Paulines had the early pressure and had the opportunity to take the lead on 2 minutes with a penalty for offside at the scrum, it was narrowly missed. Following the penalty attempt Eastleigh hit back strongly and started to play their game. Following a series of breakdowns and quickly recycled ball, the Eastleigh winger Ash Holland, (sponsored by D&E Office Solutions) went over in the corner to score an unconverted try on 15 minutes. The score was 5-0.

From the restart Eastleigh pushed hard for the second score and attacked the Old Paulines try line. After a series of attacks, the ball was knocked on by Eastleigh and Old Paulines were awarded the scrum. A very strong Eastleigh scrum put pressure on the Old Paulines 10 resulting in scrum half Sean Hayes, (sponsored by Declan Hayes) charging down the kick and scoring a try. Jon Lynch (sponsored by Lyndex Contractors), converted to make the score 12-0.

Eastleigh were in control and continued to push for further scores. On 30 minutes Eastleigh were awarded a penalty which Jon Lynch converted to make the score 15-0. The half time score was 15-0.

Eastleigh made one change at half time in the front row with Paul Taylor, (sponsored by J H Wilson) coming on for Greg King, (sponsored by The Welcome Inn).

Old Paulines started the second half the stronger and again had the early pressure. On 45 minutes, following a series of close attacks on the Eastleigh line, Old Paulines scored a converted try to make the score 15-7.

Eastleigh hit back and on 60 minutes full back Chris Cove, (sponsored by D&E Office Solutions) scored an unconverted try in the corner following another good series of breakdowns and quick hands. The score was 20-7.

Eastleigh made their second change with flanker Tony Fudio, (sponsored by John Sneezum) coming on for flanker, Richard O’Donnell, (sponsored by Ye Olde Whyte Harte).

Eastleigh were now looking for the bonus point. On 70 minutes an Old Paulines player was shown a yellow card for a late tackle on full back Chris Cove.

With 5 minutes remaining Eastleigh were awarded a lineout in the Old Paulines 22, the ball was taken cleanly and from the driving maul Eastleigh captain Russ Smith, (sponsored by Pipestock) scored. Jon Lynch converted to make the score 27-7. The final score was 27-7.

Head coach Andy Boyes said “I felt we played the conditions very well today and were able to get on the front foot for the majority of the game. We used the high ball well and dominated the contact area. Our discipline was excellent, conceding only a few penalties. I was very pleased to the see the return of flanker Tony Fudio to the 1st team. Many thanks must go to Ian Smith and a number of players who ensured the game could go ahead by clearing the surface water on Friday and Saturday.”

The Pipestock man of match was scrum half, Sean Hayes, (sponsored by Declan Hayes).

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London Exiles RFC 8-22 Eastleigh
17th Nov 2012

Eastleigh put in another strong away performance beating London Exiles 22–8. The first half was evenly matched but Eastleigh took control in the second half and secured the win.

London Exiles started the game stronger and on the 10 minute mark scored an unconverted try in the corner to make the score 0-5. Eastleigh hit back strongly and on 20 minutes were rewarded with a try following a great tackle by centre Wayne Rawlings, (sponsored by Posh Pads) which dislodged the ball and an excellent solo effort by flanker Will Todd, (sponsored by K A Watts Plumbing & Heating) who picked up the loose ball and ran in from just outside the London Exiles 22, beating three players on the way to the line. Jon Lynch (sponsored by Lyndex Contractors) converted to make the score 7–5.

Both Eastleigh and London Exiles had the opportunity to increase their score with penalties but both failed to convert. On 40 minutes the Eastleigh number 8, Paul Fudio (sponsored by ERFC Kit Store) and the London Exiles hooker were shown yellow cards for a minor tussle. London Exiles missed the penalty and the score was 7–5 at half time.

Eastleigh started the second half much better and were awarded a penalty shortly after half time which Jon Lynch converted to make the score 10–5. Eastleigh were going well now and were awarded a 5m scrum on the London Exiles line. With the Eastleigh number 8 off the field, flanker Richard O’Donnell, (sponsored by Ye Olde Whyte Harte) moved to the number 8 position and from a strong scrum, he scored Eastleigh’s second try. The conversion was missed, the score was now 15–5.

On 60 minutes London Exiles converted a penalty to make the score 15 – 8. Almost immediately afterwards, Eastleigh had the change to extend their score with a penalty but Jon Lynch narrowly missed.

On 70 minutes an excellent chip over the London Exiles back line by fly half Phil Baldwin, (sponsored by Jelly Fish Solutions) was gathered by Phil and then spun out wide with full back Chris Cove, (sponsored by D&E Office Solutions) scoring in the corner. Jon Lynch converted to make the score 22–8.

In the last 5 minutes Eastleigh pushed hard for the 4th try and the bonus point but were unable get the score. Strong defence by London Exiles from with two scrums on their line kept Eastleigh out. The final score was 22–8.

Head coach Andy Boyes said “It took us about 20 minutes to get going today, the first half was evenly matched with the half time score reflecting that. In the second half we were able to take control of the game. We got on the front foot and were then able to get the points on the score board. I’m really pleased for flanker, Will Todd who made his first 1st team start today. His solo effort following an excellent tackle by centre Wayne Rawlings gave the team lift at a key point in the game.”

The Pipestock man of match was flanker, Will Todd, (sponsored by K A Watts Plumbing & Heating).

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Eastleigh 38-10 Old Mid-Whitgiftian RFC
3rd Nov 2012

Eastleigh put last week’s disappointing loss to Purley John Fisher behind them with their best performance of the season so far, convincingly beating Old Mid-Whitgiftians 38–10.

Eastleigh were in control for the majority of the game with Old Mid-Whitgiftians having a strong 15 minutes early in the second half.

John Lynch, (sponsored by Lyndex Contactors) opened the scoring for Eastleigh with a penalty after 2 minutes, the score was 3–0. Eastleigh had all the early pressure and were rewarded with an unconverted Jon Lynch try following a cross field kick on 5 minutes, the score was now 8–0.

Eastleigh had the opportunity to move further ahead with a penalty but it was narrowly missed. Old Mid-Whitgiftians attempted to attack the Eastleigh line but strong defence kept them out.

On 20 minutes, excellent forward and back play resulted in a Paul Taylor, (sponsored by J H Wilson) try. Centre Martin Kirby (sponsored by Aqua Heating & Plumbing), cut back inside and the ball was recycled quickly, flanker Richard O’Donnell (sponsored by Stu Barnard), broke down the touch line and passed inside to Paul Taylor who scored. Jon Lynch converted to make the score 15–0.

Eastleigh were now in the driving seat and kept the pressure on Old Mid-Whitgiftians. A penalty was awarded to Eastleigh inside the Old Mid-Whitgiftians 22 and they opted for the scrum. A second penalty was awarded when the Old Mid-Whitgiftians front row came up. Eastleigh opted for the scrum again. Old Mid-Whitgiftians collapsed the scrum and the referee awarded a penalty try which was converted by Jon Lynch, the half time score was 22–0.

Eastleigh started the second half well and Jon Lynch converted an early penalty to make the score 25-0. Eastleigh appeared to switch off briefly which allowed Old Mid-Whitgiftians back into the game. The ball popped out of a breakdown in the Eastleigh 22 and a lose hack through allowed Old Mid- Whitgiftians to break the defence that was rushing up and score an unconverted try, the score was now 22-5.

Old Mid-Whitgiftians heads were up and following a strong maul near the Eastleigh line, their prop broke free to score their second unconverted try, the score was now 22-10.

Eastleigh then started to play again and shortly afterwards, following a line out on one side of the pitch, excellent hands in the backs put full back Chris Cove, over in the opposite corner for an unconverted try, the score was now 30-10.

With 15 minutes remaining flanker Mickey Holmes (sponsored by Armadillo Bay), picked up a yellow card for not rolling away at the breakdown, Eastleigh were down to 14 but continued to put the pressure on. They were rewarded with a penalty for off side which Jon Lynch converted to make the score 33-10.

With only a 1 minute remaining good backs play put winger Ash Holland, over in the corner for an unconverted try. The final score was 38-10.

Head coach Andy Boyes said “I’m really pleased with the result today, it’s our best performance of the season so far. We were all disappointed with our performance last week and we went back to basics in training this week and it looks like it paid off. I’m really pleased for the squad as whole, the attitude and commitment was fantastic today.”

The Pipestock man of match was scrum half Sean Hayes, (sponsored by Declan Hayes)

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Purley John Fisher RFC 39-11 Eastleigh
27th Oct 2012

Eastleigh lost 39 – 11 to a well organised Purley John Fisher.

Purley John Fisher were in control for the majority of the game with Eastleigh only sporadically showing what they can do. Purley John Fisher had the opportunity to take the lead within 2 minutes with a penalty in front of the posts but failed to convert. Eastleigh pushed their way into Purley John Fishers 22 but good defence kept Eastleigh at bay on two occasions. On 15 minutes Purley John Fisher broke through the Eastleigh mid field, Eastleigh stopped them short but the ball was recycled and Purley John Fisher scored a converted try, the score was 7 – 0.

Purley John Fisher were now on the front foot and their second try was scored on 18 minutes out wide. The conversion was missed, the score was now 12 – 0. A penalty on 22 minutes took the score to 15 – 0.

Eastleigh were awarded a penalty on 30 minutes which Jon Lynch, (sponsored by Lyndex Contactors) converted, the score was now 15 – 3.

On 35 minutes Eastleigh, fly half Pete Noonan (sponsored by Thomas Austin Hairdressers) attempted a clearance kick but Purley John Fisher charged down and scored an unconverted try. The score at half time was 20 – 3.

Eastleigh started the second half better and were awarded a penalty within a minute of the restart. Jon Lynch converted to make the score 20 – 6. Purley John Fisher responded with a converted try to make the score 27 – 6 and give them the bonus point.

Eastleigh tried to fight back but two quick scores in succession took the score to 39 – 6 with 20 minutes remaining. Eastleigh dug deep and started to play and put Purley John Fisher on the back foot for first time in the game. Eastleigh full back Chris Cove, and Purley John Fisher full back were shown yellow cards for an altercation with 15 minutes remaining. Eastleigh continued the pressure and were rewarded with a Jon Lynch try in the corner with 5 minutes remaining. The conversion was missed and final score was 39 – 11.

Head coach Andy Boyes said “We are all disappointed with the performance today, we didn’t make our first up tackles and that gave Purley John Fisher the opportunity to get on the front foot. I don’t want to take anything away from Purley John Fisher, they were well organised, controlled the majority of the game and deservedly won. The positive we will take from the game is that the lads dug deep in the last quarter when the game was lost and stuck at it and got a score on the board. “

The Pipestock man of match was Jon Lynch (sponsored by Lyndex Contractors).

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Eastleigh 29-13 Old Blues RFC
20th Oct 2012

Eastleigh moved into 4th place in London South West 3 after a bonus point victory over Old Blues.

The game started evenly with both teams pushing into their opponents 22. Eastleigh had two early opportunities to take the lead, a Jon Lynch, (sponsored by Lyndex Contractors) penalty narrowly missed and a Phil Baldwin, long range drop goal fell short. On 7 minutes Eastleigh took the lead with a Jon Lynch penalty, the score was 3 – 0. At the 12 minute mark prop Greg King, (sponsored by the Welcome Inn) replaced prop Dan Achilles, (sponsored by Achilles Wheels) following a clash of heads. On 15 minutes Old Blues responded with a penalty to make the score 3 – 3.

Eastleigh started to put Old Blues under pressure and following a series of breakdowns full back Chris Cove, crossed the line to score, Jon Lynch converted to make the score 7 – 3. Eastleigh conceded another penalty at the breakdown which was converted on 24 minutes to make the score 7 – 6.

On 29 minutes, Jon Lynch converted another penalty and score was now 10 – 7 to Eastleigh. On 31 minutes, Old Blues had the opportunity to close the gap but the penalty was missed. Eastleigh flanker Mickey Holmes (sponsored by Armadillo Bay) was then shown a ‘team’ yellow card because of persistent infringements at the breakdown.

With Eastleigh down to 14, Old Blues started to put the pressure on but strong defence forced a loose pass by Old Blues which was picked up on the half way line by Phil Baldwin who then ran in an unconverted try on 38 minutes. The half time score was 15 – 6.

Dan Achilles returned to the field at half time following a shoulder injury to hooker Jason Berry.

Old Blues started the second half the stronger with a converted try on the 45 minute mark, the score was 15 – 13.

With Eastleigh back to 15 men on the field they started to dominate Old Blues, a catch and drive from a lineout resulted in Mickey Holmes scoring and Jon Lynch converting. The score was now 22 – 13.

With 20 minutes remaining centre Martin Kirby, (sponsored by Aqua Heating & Plumbing) replaced winger Jack Curtis, and flanker Will Todd replaced flanker Richard O’Donnell, (sponsored by Stu Barnard).

Eastleigh were now going well and from an Old Blues scrumage on the 10m line, scrum half Sean Hayes (sponsored by Declan Hayes), intercepted the Old Blues scrum half pass and ran in the bonus point try under the posts, Jon Lynch converted to make the score 29 – 13. The final score was 29 – 13.

Head coach Andy Boyes said “The lads put in a good performance today, we’re starting to regain our form that won us promotion last season. It was great to beat Old Blues who deservedly beat us in the play off two years ago, it shows how far we have come since that game. Our penalty count was too high in the first half and we put it right at half time. Once again a big thank you to all our supporters and the junior club for cheering the team out.”

The Pipestock man of match was fly half Pete Noonan, (sponsored by Thomas Austin Hairdressers).

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Trojans RFC 11-17 Eastleigh
14th Oct 2012

Eastleigh put in their best performance of the season to beat Trojans 17 – 11 in the Gales Hampshire Cup.

Trojans took an early lead with a penalty making the score 0 - 3. Eastleigh hit back with well worked Phil Baldwin try on the 20 minute mark, Jon Lynch (sponsored by Lyndex Contractors), converted to make the score 7 – 3 to Eastleigh. Trojans had the chance to close the gap with a penalty but failed to convert. At the 30 minute mark Richard O’Donnell (sponsored by Stu Barnard), was shown a yellow card following a series of infringements at the breakdown. Eastleigh were down to 14 but responded well and won a penalty which Jon Lynch converted on 40 minutes to make the score 10 – 3 at half time.

Trojans missed an early penalty chance in the second half and then converted another one to make the score 10 – 6. Blind side flanker Mickey Holmes (sponsored by Armadillo Bay), was then yellow carded for hands in the ruck.

Eastleigh were down to 14 again but they responded well scoring another well worked try following good interplay between forwards and backs with winger Ash Holland scoring under the posts. Jon Lynch converted to make the score 17 – 6. With 10 minutes remaining Trojans attacked the Eastleigh line, Eastleigh defended well but eventually Trojans broke through in the corner to score an unconverted try. The score was now 17 – 11. With 5 minutes to go Eastleigh had the opportunity to score a penalty but failed to convert. The final score was 17 – 11.

Head coach Andy Boyes said “I’m very pleased with our performance today, we were forced to make some changes due to player availability, however everyone played well and I felt we deserved the victory. The league is our priority but it‘s great to have a cup run.“

In an interview after the game, Captain Russell Smith (sponsored by Pipestock Ltd.), said “Everyone in the squad dug deep today in a game that went down in Eastleigh Rugby Club’s history as a victory that everyone in the squad fully deserved. We plan to take this winning attitude and performance on to a big league game against Old Blues next week”.

The Pipestock man of match was hooker Jason Berry.

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Old Wellingtonians RFC 22-25 Eastleigh
6th Oct 2012

Eastleigh won their third game on the road with a narrow victory over Old Wellingtonians 25 – 22.

Old Wellingtonians had the opportunity to take the lead early on but failed to take the penalty. On the 10 minute mark John Lynch gave Eastleigh the lead with penalty kick, the score was 3 – 0. Eastleigh continued to push for a score and John Lynch converted his second penalty to make the score 6 – 0. Old Wellingtonians missed a second penalty shortly before scoring their first try on the 25 minute mark, the score was 6 - 5. On 30 minutes following some good pressure, Steve Jerram (sponsored by Cortas Consulting), scored an excellent solo try under the posts following a kick through by fly half Pete Noonan (sponsored by Thomas Austin Hairdressers), John Lynch converted to make the score 13 – 5.

Following some poor defence, Old Wellingtonians scored a converted try on 35 minutes, the score was now 13 – 12. For the next 5 minutes Eastleigh pushed hard and put Old Wellingtonians under pressure which resulted in two penalties being awarded which John Lynch converted to make the score 19 – 12 to Eastleigh at half time.

Old Wellingtonians started the second half the better scoring two quick unconverted tries out wide making the score 19 – 22. Eastleigh again put Old Wellingtonians under pressure and were awarded another penalty which John Lynch converted the level the scores at 22 – 22. Eastleigh were now pushing hard to get the win and had the opportunity to take the lead with 5 minutes left on the clock, however the penalty attempt went just wide. With two minutes left, Eastleigh were awarded another penalty which John Lynch converted to give Eastleigh the win 25 – 22.

Head coach Andy Boyes said “I’m much happier with the performance today, it was important for us to get back to winning ways after losing to Winchester last week. We had to make four late changes because of injury and the guys that came in played well. We’ve still got lots to improve and we haven’t got back to the level we were playing at last season. However, I’m very pleased to have played four games and won three.”

The Pipestock man of match was centre John Lynch who kicked six penalties and a conversion.

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Eastleigh 6-35 Winchester RFC
29th Sep 2012

Eastleigh lost their first home game in two years to Winchester 35 – 6 in front of large home crowd.

The game was slow to get going with both teams trading unconverted penalties. Eastleigh opened the scoring with a John Lynch penalty to make the score 3 – 0. Winchester then converted their third penalty attempt to bring the scores level at 3 – 3. Eastleigh were then awarded another penalty which John Lynch converted to make the score 6 – 3. On the 30 minute mark Winchester scored an unconverted try to make the score 8 – 6. The half time score was 8 – 6 to Winchester.

It was all Winchester in the second half with Eastleigh rarely entering the Winchester 22. Winchester scored four tries, converting two and also a penalty. The final score was 35 – 6 to Winchester.

Head coach Andy Boyes said "It was a lack lustre performance today, we never got going at all. We didn’t do ourselves justice and we didn’t deliver the performance we wanted to for our supporters. Our handling and tackling wasn’t great and we just didn’t have the forward momentum we normally bring to games. There were a lot of errors in the first half from both sides but Winchester managed to put it right at half time and outplayed us in the second half, congratulations to Winchester. We’re a united squad and we’ll put the weekend behind us and put it right in training this week.”

The Pipestock man of match was first team debutant, hooker John Lamb.

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Sandown and Shanklin 10-15 Eastleigh
22nd Sep 2012

Eastleigh won their second game on the road with a hard fought physical encounter with Sandown & Shanklin.

Eastleigh were under pressure for the first 30 minutes with Sandown & Shanklin playing their sloping pitch well and forcing a series of lineouts and driving mauls in Eastleigh’s 22. The Eastleigh defence held strong throughout with only a few attacks coming close to the line. However, as a result of the pressure Eastleigh conceded two penalties which Sandown & Shanklin were unable to convert.

At the 25 minute mark Eastleigh prop Dan Achilles was yellow carded for side entry at the breakdown and Eastleigh were down to 14. Sandown and Shanklin continued the pressure and following good hands in the backs managed to score an unconverted try in the corner. The score was now 5 – 0.

With one minute left on the yellow card Eastleigh brought prop Greg King on for the first scrum following the yellow card. Eastleigh started to put pressure on Sandown & Shanklin, with the last play of the half, prop Paul Taylor drove into the Sandown & Shanklin 22 and set up a ruck, from the quickly recycled ball, centre Martin Kirby drove again and with numbers outside, flanker Richard O’Donnell scored an unconverted try in the corner. The score was 5 – 5 at half time.

Eastleigh started the second half much better and put Sandown & Shanklin under pressure. With 15 minutes gone Eastleigh won a scrum just inside the Sandown & Shanklin 22 and from the loose ball, scrum half Sean Hayes was able to pass to flanker Richard O’Donnell who scored in the corner. John Lynch converted to make the score 12 – 5 to Eastleigh.

The Eastleigh scrummage started to dominate Sandown & Shanklin scrum, forcing turnover of the ball following good forward drives. With Eastleigh putting Sandown & Shanklin under pressure, their number 8 was yellow carded for an infringement at the breakdown. Eastleigh were awarded a penalty which was converted by John Lynch which made the score 15 - 5 with 15 minutes to go.

Eastleigh then eased off the pressure and Sandown & Shanklin were able to make a break from their 22 which was stopped short of the Eastleigh line, the ball was recycled quickly and with numbers outside Sandown & Shanklin scored an unconverted try in the corner. The score was now 15 – 10.

The last five minutes were evenly contested with Sandown & Shanklin pushing for a score and Eastleigh looking to clear their lines and counter attack. The final score was 15 -10.

Head coach Andy Boyes said "I’m really pleased with the result, it’s a good news for the squad we’re building. We were forced to make some changes this week due to player availability and those that came in made their mark and played well, selection will be very interesting this week. It’s always difficult to travel and play away on the Isle of Wight, it really was a game of two halves, Sandown & Shanklin had the first half and Eastleigh the second. Some of our decision making could have been better and our penalty count was too high but overall I was pleased as we are still developing and adapting our game for SW3. I’m pleased to say our hooker Andy Innes is ok after a visit to hospital. The Pipestock man of match was centre Martin Kirby.

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Bognor RFC 3-37 Eastleigh
15th Sep 2012

Eastleigh won their first game in London SW3 in style with a 37-3 bonus point victory over Bognor.

Eastleigh put the pressure on from the start and were duly rewarded with an unconverted try after 3 minutes by flanker Richard O'Donnell. Eastleigh continued to work hard at the breakdown and following infringements by Bognor were awarded two penalties. One was converted by fly half, Phil Baldwin to take the score to 8-0.

Winger Ash Holland scored Eastleigh’s second try under the posts after some good interplay between forwards and backs out wide. The try was converted by Phil Baldwin to take the score to 15-0. Phil Baldwin then kicked another penalty to take the score to 18-0.

Just before half time Bognor were awarded a penalty in front of the Eastleigh posts for an offside offence. Bognor converted to give them their only score of the day. At half time it was 18-3 to Eastleigh.

Eastleigh started the second half in the same way as the first. Bognor were under pressure immediately and Eastleigh went close in the corner.

A Bognor player was then given a yellow carded for punching and Eastleigh pushed on for another score. Following good driving play from the forwards and good hands from the backs, Richard O’Donnell scored his second try and Phil Baldwin converted to make the score 25-3.

Phil Baldwin was then yellow carded for a dangerous tackle and Eastleigh were down to 14 men.
Bognor tried to break Eastleigh down but the defence stood firm.

With Eastleigh back at full strength they came back strongly and full back, Chris Cove made a great break from just inside the Bognor half and scored a fourth try which was converted by Phil Baldwin. The score was 32-3.

With 15 minutes left on the clock, Eastleigh number 8, Paul Fudio was also yellow carded for an infringement at the breakdown. Again the Eastleigh defence stood strong.

With 5 minutes to go and following another good backs move that was stopped short of the line, the ball was recycled quickly and second row, Russ Smith went over in the corner to score a fifth unconverted try. The final score was 37-3 to Eastleigh.

Head coach Andy Boyes said "I’m really pleased with the victory. It’s a great reward for the efforts the boys have put in during the preseason. The defence was excellent with Bognor rarely entering our 22. We've worked hard over the last few weeks to enhance our game for SW3 and it's great to see some of the training ground work starting to come together on the pitch. There's still a lot to do but it's a great start. The Pipestock man of match was prop Paul Taylor.

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Eastleigh 39-24 Farnborough RFC
14th Apr 2012

Eastleigh finished a fantastic season with a 39 - 24 bonus point victory over Farnborough.
Eastleigh had the early pressure and had the opportunity to go three points up but the penalty was missed. With three minutes gone, flanker Richie O'Donnell suffered a knee injury which forced an early replacement. Shortly afterwards, Eastleigh opened the scoring with an unconverted try by scrum half Sean Hayes following an interception pass, the score was 5 - 0. Eastleigh kept the pressure on and were rewarded with an unconverted try by prop Paul Taylor scoring from a breakdown just short of the line. Farnborough then had a good maul that was driven close to the Eastleigh line but the strong Eastleigh defence initially kept them out. From the following passage of play Farnborough went over to make the score 10 - 5. Eastleigh replied immediately with good interplay between forwards and backs which resulted in the ball being spun wide and no. 8 Paul Fudio overlapping to score an unconverted try in the corner, the score was now 15 - 5.
Eastleigh then suffered their second injury of the day when winger Jack Curtis dislocated his shoulder. A second replacement had to be made which resulted in a number of players changing position. Flanker Dave Craddock moving to inside centre, second row Adam Kidd moving to flanker, prop Greg King moving to second row and Dan Achilles coming on as prop. The changes didn't slow Eastleigh's progress and two further unconverted tries followed from winger Ash Holland and full back Chris Cove, the score was now 25 - 5.
Farnborough then had a back row player yellow carded for an infringement at the breakdown. Eastleigh opted for the scrum and from the resulting play full back Chris Cove scored and Russ Smith converted to make the score 32 - 5 at half time.
After the break Pete Noonan scored the seventh Eastleigh try and Russ Smith converted to make the score 39 - 5. Farnborough had another back row player yellow carded for not rolling away at the breakdown. With the game won, Eastleigh eased off the pressure and allowed Farnborough to get back into the game. With 25 minutes remaining, replacement Nick Mucci came on for his last home game for Eastleigh. Farnborough scored three tries and two conversions in the last 15 minutes as Eastleigh continued to ease off. A third Farnborough player, the inside centre was shown a yellow card late in game. The final score was 39 - 24.
Head coach Andy Boyes said 'It's been a fantastic season, the whole squad has worked extremely hard. I am really pleased to finish the season as champions with 100 league points and 21 wins from 22 games. Over the season we have only conceded an average of eight points a game. We had to shuffle things around today because fly half Phil Baldwin was not available because of injury and the two injuries that were suffered during the game. However, I was really pleased how the players adapted to the changes. It was great to see Nick Mucci playing his last home game for the club. We are now looking forward to next season in South West 3. A big thank you to all the players, coaches, those involved behind the scenes and the supporters.'
The Pipestock man of the match award was awarded to Nick Mucci for playing his last home game for Eastleigh after many years service to the club.

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Eastleigh 23-12 Fordingbridge RFC
31st Mar 2012

Eastleigh secured the Hampshire 1 title with a well deserved 23 -12 victory over Fordingbridge. Eastleigh were pushed all the way by Fordingbridge in a well contested game.
Eastleigh had the early pressure but strong defence from Fordingbridge kept them out. With 10 minutes gone Eastleigh drove close to the Fordingbridge line with a strong driving maul which was stopped short, from the quickly recycled ball, prop Dan Achilles went over to score an unconverted try in the corner to make the score 5 - 0.
For the next 20 minutes both teams attacked and defended well and had opportunities to score. At the 25 minute mark Eastleigh were awarded a scrum 15m from the Fordingbridge line. From the scrum Eastleigh called a training field back row move which ended with winger Ash Holland scoring unopposed under the posts. Phil Baldwin converted to make the score 12 - 0. Eastleigh were going well at this point and were in control.
At the 30 minute mark, Eastleigh eased off the pressure slightly and allowed Fordingbridge back into the game by conceding three penalties which Fordingbridge kicked to make the score 12 - 9 on the 40 minute mark. Eastleigh had the opportunity to kick a penalty just before half time but it was missed. Half time score 12 - 9.
With Eastleigh reeling slightly from being 12 - 0 up to 12 - 9 just before half time, Fordingbridge started the stronger in the second half. Fordingbridge were awarded a penalty at a maul and an Eastleigh prop was shown a yellow card for an infringement. Eastleigh were down to 14 men. Fordingbridge put the pressure on but Eastleigh dug deep and defended fantastically well. Eventually the pressure told and Fordingbridge were awarded a penalty which they converted to make the score 12 - 12 at the 50 minute mark. With two minutes left on the first yellow card, an Eastleigh winger was also yellow carded for an infringement at the breakdown. Eastleigh were down to 13 men for two minutes. Again, the Eastleigh spirit and defence kept Fordingbridge out.
With 20 minutes to go, Eastleigh started to put the pressure back on Fordingbridge keeping them in their half and following some good forward work, Eastleigh were awarded two penalties which Phil Baldwin converted to make the score 18 - 12. It was now all Eastleigh, Eastleigh had the opportunity to go further ahead but two penalties were missed.
An excellent backs move nearly delivered the try of the day but the final pass was called forward. With 5 minutes left on the clock, following good forwards and backs interplay, prop Greg King went over the corner to score an unconverted try. The final score was 23 - 12 to Eastleigh.
Head Coach Andy Boyes said 'It's fantastic to win the league, I'm really pleased for the squad as a whole, the commitment and team spirit has been great all season. We were disappointed last year when we lost the play off but felt it would have been too early to be promoted, I feel were now ready for the challenge of South West 3. To be promoted as champions is great news for the team and club. A big thank you to all those involved behind the scenes and the fantastic support we received today.'
The Pipestock man of the match award was shared by props Dan Achilles and Greg King, both scoring try's today.

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US Portsmouth RFC 12-13 Eastleigh
24th Mar 2012

Eastleigh edged closer to the Hampshire 1 title with a hard fought victory over third place United Services Portsmouth (USP). The early exchanges were even but in the fifth minute, following a good attack which resulted in an Eastleigh penalty, the Eastleigh full back was shown a yellow card for an offence at the breakdown and the penalty was reversed. For the next ten minutes USP pushed hard to take advantage of the extra man but outstanding Eastleigh defence kept them at bay. USP continued to push hard through their forwards and Eastleigh conceded a number of penalties at the breakdown. USP converted two to make the score 6 - 0. At the 30 minute mark, Eastleigh started to open the game up and move the USP forwards around and subsequently had two scoring opportunities, both defended well by USP. Eastleigh were then awarded a penalty in front of the posts which everyone expected to be kicked but an excellent decision by captain, Russ Smith who sensed the pace of the game was turning in Eastleigh's favour opted for the scrum. From the scrum no. 8 Paul Fudio broke well and good hands in the backs ended with flanker, Richie O'Donnell scoring in the corner. The touchline conversion from Phil Baldwin made it 6 - 7 to Eastleigh at half time.

Eastleigh took more control in the second half but were unable to close the game out with two good scoring opportunities being missed because of dropped passes. USP then scored a penalty to make the score 9 - 7. From the restart Eastleigh won a penalty and Phil Baldwin converted to make the score 7 - 10. Eastleigh continued to press but again strong defence from USP kept them out. With 15 minutes remaining USP took the lead with a penalty, the score was now 12 -10. Eastleigh kept their composure and camped themselves in the USP half and with 10 minutes to go, they were awarded a penalty which was converted by Phil Baldwin, to make the score 12 - 13. Eastleigh then closed the game out and the final score was 12 - 13.

Head coach Andy Boyes said 'This was a great victory for us, as we expected, USP pushed us all the way. It was a very tense affair for both teams, given USP needed the win to keep their promotion ambitions alive and we are pushing for the title. It was very physical and USP dominated us for the first 30 minutes. However, the victory was built on excellent defence especially when reduced to 14 men early in the first half. Our penalty count was far too high and to some extent that kept USP in the game. This was a must win game for us as we wanted to have two home games to win the league. The boys are buzzing and are looking forward to next week.

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Eastleigh 51-3 New Milton and District RFC
10th Mar 2012

Eastleigh took a step closer to winning Hants 1 with an emphatic 51-3 victory over New Milton. New Milton started the stronger and dominated the first ten minutes but strong defence denied them a scoring opportunity. Following an Eastleigh clearance kick New Milton conceded a penalty at the breakdown which Phil Baldwin converted to make the score 3-0. New Milton replied shortly afterwards with a penalty to take the score to 3-3. Eastleigh got their game going and second row, Adam Kidd scored an unconverted try in the corner following a great passage of rugby, the score was now 8-3. Following some excellent passing, winger Ash Holland was stopped a few metres short of the line by a high tackle. The New Milton player was subsequently shown a yellow card. Eastleigh increased the pressure and shortly before half time Ash Holland scored under the posts and Phil Baldwin converted to make the score 15-3 at the break.

After half time Eastleigh dominated the game, within five minutes of the restart Pete O'Donnell crashed through the New Milton back line to put centre Pete Noonan in under the posts, Phil Baldwin converted to make the score 22-3. Eastleigh were then awarded a penalty which Phil Baldwin converted, taking the score to 25-3. Eastleigh then pushed on for the bonus point. With twenty minutes to go, full back Chris Cove scored an unconverted try in the corner, the score was now 30-3. The game was all Eastleigh now and the best try of the day was scored with an excellent backs move straight off the training field, Chris Cove scoring his second try of the day. Phil Baldwin converted to make the score 37-3.

Eastleigh were in fine form and two further tries from No 8 Paul Fudio, one a push over try from a 5m scrum and the second from a well worked back row move, both converted by Phil Baldwin made the final score 51-3.

It was difficult to single out one player for man of the match because everyone played so well however The Pipestock man of the match was prop Dan Achilles for his ball carrying and excellent work rate throughout the game.

Coach Andy Boyes said 'The team worked hard today and put in a very disciplined and controlled performance. We started slowly and New Milton challenged us early on but we defended well and then took control. We set ourselves a target of four wins from the final four games, I'm pleased we've got the first win.'

Backs coach Richard Rowledge added 'It was a complete performance today, the forwards gave us the platform and the backs delivered the goods, it made me smile.'

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Ventnor RFC 10-39 Eastleigh
3rd Mar 2012

Eastleigh's second visit of the season to the Isle of Wight brought their 17th victory, beating Ventnor 39-10. Scrum half Sean Hayes opened the scoring in the 10th minute with an excellent solo break from a ruck just inside the Ventnor 22. Full back Chris Cove converted to make the score 7-0. Ventnor attempted to reply to the early score with some tight pick and go play but strong Eastleigh defence kept them at bay. Following some good backs play, winger Jack Curtis scored an unconverted try in the corner to take the score to 12-0. Eastleigh continued to press and centre Pete O'Donnell picked a great line and crashed through to score under the posts. Chris Cove converted to take the score to 19-0. Eastleigh then conceded a penalty in front of their posts which allowed Ventnor to take the three points making it 19-3 at half time.

With 12 minutes gone in the second half, Eastleigh secured the bonus point with Pete O'Donnell's second try of the day making the score to 24-3. With Eastleigh trying to open the game up, a misplaced pass in their own 22, allowed Ventnor to pick up and score an interception try that was converted. The first try conceded by Eastleigh in seven games, the score was now 24-10. Eastleigh replied immediately with a well worked backs move, winger Ash Holland scoring in the corner to take the score to 29-10. Eastleigh continued to play the open game. Excellent interplay between forwards and backs started to move Ventnor around the pitch and Eastleigh's superior fitness started to show. Two clean breaks by winger, Ash Holland were stopped by last ditched tackling. After a good break by the backs which resulted in a breakdown near the Ventnor line, Eastleigh recycled the ball quickly and Paul Fudio scored a try in the corner. The final score of the day was scored by full back Chris Cove. The final score was 39-10. The Pipestock man of the match was Pete O'Donnell for his excellent defence and two scores.

Coach Andy Boyes said 'This is a really good victory for us, we've struggled here in previous years and it could have been a banana skin today. It's our best result over Ventnor for a number of years. I'm really happy to see Pete O'Donnell back in the first team after a long absence through injury. We rested a few players today and those that came in played very well. I'm really pleased how our squad is developing.'

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Eastleigh 50-0 Isle of Wight RFC
18th Feb 2012

For the first time in the Club’s history and in strong winds and driving rain, Eastleigh’s 1st, 2nd and 3rd teams secured home wins at the Bishopstoke ground.

In front of their sponsors, Pipestock, Eastleigh’s 1st XV overcame an in form Isle of Wight to record their 16th victory of the season beating them 50-0. Eastleigh delivered a much improved clinical performance scoring at nearly every opportunity, Isle of Wight only entered the Eastleigh 22m on two occasions.

The scoring was opened in the 13th minute with a try by scrum half, Sean Hayes from a set piece move off the back of a scrum. Phil Baldwin converted to make the score 7-0. A well worked backs move from a penalty allowed birthday boy and Pipestock Man of the Match, Pete Noonan to go under the posts untouched. The conversion by Phil Baldwin took the score to 14-0. In the 35th minute the Isle of Wight number 7 was sent to the sin bin for hands in the ruck. Eastleigh capitalised with Phil Baldwin converting his own try to make the score 21-0 at half time.

The bonus point was secured 5 minutes into the second half with winger Ash Holland scoring following some excellent interplay between forwards and backs. Phil Baldwin converted to make the score to 28-0. With the first touch of the ball following a substitution, Jack Curtis scored an unconverted try with another well worked backs move. At the 70 minute mark Isle of Wight received their second yellow card of the day with their number 10 being sin binned for making a tackle without using his arms. Again, Eastleigh made it count with two trys coming from forwards Paul Fudio and Paul Taylor, neither were converted so the score was 43-0. With one final move from the backs, full back Chris Cove broke through to score a try and Phil Baldwin converted to bring up the half century.

Coach Andy Boyes said 'We have been working hard on becoming more clinical and structured in our game and I'm pleased to say the boys delivered it today. The forwards built a strong platform and the backs delivered the trys. We're building week by week for what we know will be hard title deciding month in March. I'm especially pleased that our defence remains strong, only conceding 6 points in six games. In the absence of Captain Russ Smith, fellow second row Adam Kidd lead the team extremely well in what was a tense and physical encounter at times. I must also comment on how well the game was referred by Dave Martin who allowed us to play rugby.'

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Lytchett Minster RFC 3-50 Eastleigh
11th Feb 2012

Eastleigh remain top of league following a 50-3, 8 try victory over Lytchett Minster. Eastleigh dominated the game throughout with Lytchett Minster only entering Eastleigh's 22 on three occasions. Lytchett Minster fought hard at the breakdown but Eastleigh's superior lineout and set piece was too much for them to handle.

Eastleigh pressurised Lytchett Minster from the kick off and within three minutes were awarded a penalty try following a deliberate offside during a pushover try. Scrum half, Jon Lynch converted to make it 7-0. After some sustained pressure and two other try scoring opportunities being missed, Ash Holland went over in the corner to make the score 12-0. At the 25 minute mark Eastleigh gave away a penalty at the breakdown allowing Lytchett Minster to put their only points on the score board. After some good attacking rugby and fast recycling at the breakdown, second row Adam Kidd scored a try which was converted by Jon Lynch to take the score to 19-3. The 4th try and bonus point was secured when flanker Dave Craddock, Pipestock’s Man of the Match, scored shortly before half time. Jon Lynch converted to make the half time score 26-3.
After half time Eastleigh made some positional changes and shortly after flanker Dave Craddock, now playing in the centre scored his second try of the day. Full back, Chris Cove converted to make the score 33-3. Eastleigh followed up with an unconverted push over try by Paul Fudio. Ash Holland then scored his second try of the day, his 11th league try in 9 games. Chris Cove converted to take the scored to 45-3. The final try of the game was scored by prop Paul Taylor.
Coach Andy Boyes said 'It wasn't our best performance but given the postponement last week and being limited to only two hours training in the last two weeks, I'm more than happy with our victory.'

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Eastleigh 79-0 Nomads RFC
28th Jan 2012

Eastleigh went top of league for the first time this season with a 12 try, 79-0 victory over second from bottom Nomads. Whilst Nomads made the game a contest, Eastleigh dominated all areas of play. Five trys were scored in the first half with the bonus point secured by the 30th minute. The first half try scorers were Ash Holland, Richie O'Donnell (2), Adam Kidd and Martin Kirby. Phil Baldwin added a penalty and 4 conversions. The score was 36-0 at half time. Eastleigh shuffled the back row and back line in the second half to try some different options and scored a further seven trys. The scorers were Paul Fudio (2), Chris Cove (2), Jack Curtis and Ash Holland (2). John Lynch added 4 conversions.
The Pipestock Man of the Match was Richie O’Donnell.

Coach Andy Boyes said 'I'm really pleased with how the team performed today, we wanted to put in a strong performance. It's great to go top of league but there's still a long way to go until the end of the season. Fordingbridge will push us all the way and United Services Portsmouth will be in the mix.

Congratulations to Ash Holland for his hatrick of trys and Andy Innes for his first team debut.'

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Millbrook RFC 3-21 Eastleigh
14th Jan 2012

Eastleigh's winning ways continued with an away victory over 3rd place Millbrook. After Millbrook's unexpected win over league leaders Fordingbridge before Christmas, Eastleigh needed a strong performance to keep the pressure on Fordingbridge; and that's what they delivered. From the kick off, Eastleigh were on the front foot with a midfield break by flanker Richie O'Donnell. Within 10 minutes an unconverted try scored by Paul Fudio made the score 5-0. Using the kicking game Eastleigh continued to put the pressure on Millbrook but strong defence kept them out. Millbrook tried to gain ground using their forwards and as result Eastleigh conceded a number of penalties at the breakdown. It was no surprise, shortly before half time, that an Eastleigh flanker was shown a yellow card for persistent infringements. Eastleigh stepped up a gear and following an excellent cross field kick by flyhalf Phil Baldwin, Ash Holland scored an unconverted try in the corner, his 6th try in 7 games. It was 10-0 at half time.

After the restart and with 3 minutes remaining on the sin bin Eastleigh nearly scored in the corner following good interplay between the forwards and backs. The second half continued in much the same way as the first, with Millbrook trying to use their pack to gain ground and Eastleigh looking to build the phases and use their backs out wide. As Eastleigh started to take control, Millbrook conceded a number of penalties. Phil Baldwin kicked two to take the score to 16-3. With 5 minutes remaining, following a interception scrum half, Sean Hayes ran the length of the pitch to score an unconverted try in the corner. The final score was 21-3 to Eastleigh. The Pipestock man of the match was loose head prop Paul Taylor, his scrummaging, work at the breakdown and all round play was immense.

Eastleigh coach Andy Boyes said 'We started very well and got an early score which put Millbrook under pressure, they came back at us through their forwards and we conceded too many penalties at the breakdown. At half time we talked about the penalty count and corrected it after the break. The second half was one of our best all round team performances of the season. I was especially pleased how we stepped up a gear and scored when we were down to 14 men.'

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Eastleigh 36-0 Petersfield RFC
7th Jan 2012

Eastleigh kicked off 2012 with comprehensive bonus point victory over Petersfield. Eastleigh dominated all areas of play and could have scored at least a further three tries if the last pass on gone to hand. Eastleigh opened the scoring in the 15th minute with a try from hooker Jason Berry (Pipestock’s Man of the Match), converted by Phil Baldwin to make the score 7 - 0. Within a minute, from a five metre scrum the Eastleigh pack powered over and number 8, John Weatherall scored an unconverted try to take the score to 12 - 0. Eastleigh kept the pressure on with some excellent forward and back play but were unable to covert the opportunities because of minor errors. The score was 12 - 0 at half time.

Eastleigh continued to dominate after the restart and following an excellent cross field kick, flanker Paul Fudio scored a 3rd unconverted try. Winger Ash Holland then scored two tries following good hands in the backs. Phil Baldwin converting one taking the score to 29 - 0. A last try was scored by full back Chris Cove and converted by Phil Baldwin to make the final score 36 - 0.

Coach Andy Boyes said 'I'm really pleased with today's result, after the two week break we needed to put in a good performance to start the 2nd half of the season well. In periods, the game was more open and loose than we wanted but the interplay between all the players was excellent. It was good to see Richie O'Donnell and Arnie Payne back for the first time this season.'

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Romsey RFC 0-21 Eastleigh
17th Dec 2011

Eastleigh finished 2011 on a high with a 21 - 0 win over Romsey. Eastleigh dominated the game throughout with Romsey only going close once, late in the first half. Eastleigh opened the scoring with a penalty from Phil Baldwin to make it 3 - 0. Chris Cove crossed the line and scored a try following a good backs move, Phil Baldwin converted to take the score to 10 - 0. Another Phil Baldwin penalty made it 13 - 0 at half time.
The second half continued much like the first with Eastleigh pushing hard for more tries. With 20 minutes to go Ash Holland scored the 2nd try following a good break by No 8 Paul Fudio, taking the score to 18 - 0. Phil Baldwin kicked a final penalty to take the score to 21 - 0.
Coach Andy Boyes said 'It was important for us to win today after narrowly losing to Fordingbridge last week. Given the conditions, I'm very pleased with result. It's been a great first half to the season with 11 wins from 12 games, we're looking forward to 2012 and pushing for promotion. Well done to the whole squad. 'Captain Russell Smith said 'it was a good result but the early Christmas present came one week late as Fordingbridge lost to Millbrook’.

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Fordingbridge RFC 16-10 Eastleigh
10th Dec 2011

Eastleigh narrowly lost out 10 - 16 to top of the table Fordingbridge. Fordingbridge took an early lead with a penalty following an infringement at the breakdown. Eastleigh replied shortly afterwards with a well worked try with Ash Holland scoring in the corner and Phil Baldwin converting to take the score to 7 - 3. Fordingbridge scored another penalty to take the score to 7 - 6 and shortly afterwards a good backs move saw them score a converted try to make it 7 - 13. Eastleigh then applied the pressure and came close to scoring twice but Fordingbridge defended well to keep the score to 7 - 13 at the break. The second half continued as the first half did with both teams attacking and defending well. Both sides traded penalties to take the score to 10 - 16. Eastleigh pushed hard late in the half but Fordingbridge defended well again to take the victory. The Pipestock Man of the Match for Eastleigh was Adam Kidd.

Coach Andy Boyes said 'It was a great game of rugby reflecting the fact that we are the top two teams in Hampshire 1. The boys gave 110%, I couldn't ask for more. I look forward to the return fixture at the end of the season. I pleased we picked up a losing bonus point.'

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Eastleigh 10-6 US Portsmouth RFC
3rd Dec 2011

Eastleigh remain unbeaten in Hampshire 1 after securing their 9th league victory following a hard fought game with 3rd place United Services Portsmouth. USP started the better but strong defence from Eastleigh prevented USP from scoring. Eastleigh opened the scoring with a try by Adam Kidd following a well worked line out and driving maul. Phil Baldwin converted to give Eastleigh a 7 - 0 lead. USP hit back with a penalty to make the score 7 - 3 at half time. From the restart Eastleigh went close but failed to score in the corner. The game continued to be very tight and USP kicked another penalty to take the score to 7 - 6. With 12 minutes to go play was stopped for 15 minutes following an injury to a USP player. Following the restart Eastleigh were the stronger side and a superb drop goal by full back Phil Baldwin, Pipestock’s Man of the Match, from just inside the USP half, sailed through the posts to give Eastleigh a 10 - 6 victory.

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New Milton and District RFC 18-19 Eastleigh
19th Nov 2011

Eastleigh had to dig deep to secure a hard fought 19 - 18 victory at New Milton. Eastleigh dominated the first half with winger Ash Holland scoring a try within two minutes on his 1st team debut. Jon Lynch converted to make it 7 - 0. New Milton then scored a penalty following an infringement at the breakdown to make it 7 - 3. Eastleigh then put the pressure on New Milton and Dave Craddock scored an unconverted try taking the score to 12 - 3. Another exciting move saw full back Chris Cove score a try which was covered by Jon Lynch making the score 19 - 3. Eastleigh could have scored a further three tries if the ball had gone to hand before half time but silly mistakes kept the score at 19 - 3.

After half time, New Milton scored another penalty to take the score to 19 - 6. Having been in total control in the first half Eastleigh then switched off and New Milton began to dominate scoring two tries and one conversion to make it a thrilling climax to the game. Having used all their subs Eastleigh had to grind out the last 12 minutes with 14 men because of an injury to flanker Tony Fudio. Coach Andy Boyes said ' It really was a game of two halves, we dominated the first half and New Milton the second. I'm very pleased to come away with a victory. We tried a new look back line with a new fly half and winger both performing very well. We also gave a debut to James Curran as a sub late in the second half.'

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Isle of Wight RFC 11-45 Eastleigh
29th Oct 2011

Eastleigh travelled to 4th place Isle of Wight and maintained their perfect start to the season with a 45 - 11 win. Playing with the wind and slope of the pitch, Isle of Wight pinned Eastleigh in their half for the first 25 minutes but resolute defence from Eastleigh kept the score to 0 - 6. Some good forward and back work allowed Eastleigh to score two converted tries before half time to make the score 14 - 6. Tries coming Dave Craddock and Paul Fudio, both converted by flyhalf, Phil Baldwin.
Within a minute of the restart, a backs move that started in the Eastleigh 22 resulted in centre, Martin Kirby scoring for Eastleigh to effectively seal the victory. Further tries from Phil Baldwin, Paul Taylor (2) and Jack Curtis and 3 conversions from Phil Baldwin made the score 45 - 11. Eastleigh coach Andy Boyes said 'The Isle of Wight made it difficult for us in the first 25 minutes and I was pleased to only concede 6 points, the guys didn't panic and took control and we 'ground out' a good victory against a strong Isle of Wight team'. Captain Russ Smith added there were great displays in attack and defence with an exceptional performance from “man of the match” Dave Craddock.

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Eastleigh 66-8 Lytchett Minster RFC
22nd Oct 2011

Eastleigh's winning ways continued with an eleven try victory over Lytchett Minster. The bonus point was secured within 25 minutes with the four trys coming from Dan Achiles, Steve Jerram and Chris Cove (2). A fifth try from Greg King made it 27-3 at half time. Eastleigh's pressure continued in the second half with a further five trys coming from Martin Kirby, Greg King, Paul Fudio, Russ Smith and Steve Jerram(2) and a penalty from Russ Smith. Lytchett Minster scored a consolation try following a interception. Final score 66 - 8. Captain Russ Smith said “whilst pleased with the result there are plenty of areas to improve on that will be targeted in training in the coming weeks”, Eastleigh coach Andy Boyes added “I'm very pleased with the result, we're scoring from all over the pitch, five from the forwards today and four from the backs”.

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Southsea Nomads RFC 3-38 Eastleigh
8th Oct 2011

Eastleigh ran in six tries to maintain their unbeaten record in Hampshire 1 beating Nomads 39 - 3. Strong defence by Nomads and handling errors by Eastleigh meant it was a start/stop affair with Nomads keeping the score to 12 - 0 at half time, tries coming from Jack Curtis and Micky Holmes.

In the second half Eastleigh opened up and ran in four more tries to ensure the bonus point was gained and keep the pressure on league leaders, Fordingbridge. Tries coming from Heke Buchanan, Paul Fudio and two more from Jack Curtis. Head Coach Andy Boyes said “It wasn't a pretty match but we got the result we wanted, we took the opportunity to rest some players and try a new centre combination. I'm very pleased we remain unbeaten”.

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Eastleigh 26-6 Millbrook RFC
1st Oct 2011

Eastleigh's winning start to the season continued with a confident 26 - 6 win over Millbrook to make it four wins in four games. All four tries coming from the Fudio brothers. Eastleigh took the lead within five minutes with Paul Fudio scoring the first of his three tries to make it 5 - 0. Penalties were then exchanged taking the score to 8 - 3. Millbrook tried to hit back but resolute defence from Eastleigh kept them out and resulted in a yellow card for a Millbrook player.

A second try from Paul Fudio took the score to 16 - 3 at half time. Millbrook raised their game in the first 20 minutes of the second half and earned themselves a penalty to take the score to 16 - 6. Eastleigh’s centre Shaq Willson was then yellow carded for a high tackle but Eastleigh took control while down to 14 men and Paul Fudio scored his 3rd try to make the score 21 - 6. Millbrook were then reduced to 14 men following a second yellow card for their 2nd row. After some good work at the breakdown area, Eastleigh's Tony Fudio scored the 4th try running in from the half way line to claim the bonus point.

Russ Smith said “a scrappy game all in all but pleased with the result considering we had 6 regulars out injured”. Head Coach Andy Boyes commented “We had to make some late changes due to injury and illness which meant we had to play some players out of position, they did a great job and earned us the victory”.

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Petersfield RFC 19-34 Eastleigh
24th Sep 2011

Eastleigh made it three wins from three games with a hard fought victory over Petersfield. Eastleigh started slowly and appeared to be still on the coach when Petersfield scored a converted try within three minutes of the start to make it 0-7. Within five minutes, Russ Smith brought Eastleigh back with a try from a well worked forwards and backs move to make the score 5-7. It was then end to end stuff with Petersfield scoring a second unconverted try to make it 5-12. Russ Smith took Eastleigh ahead with a second converted try, 14-12 but from the restart Petersfield scored a third converted try to make it 14-19 at the break.

Following half time Eastleigh's superior fitness and strength and excellent forward and back interplay play earned them 20 unanswered points. Trys coming from Jack Curtis (2), Tony Fudio and Paul Taylor. Head coach Andy Boyes said “We were caught cold at the start with Petersfield scoring early however at half time we put things right and earned a hard fought victory. With six changes to last weeks team, two through injury, I'm very pleased with the strength of our squad”. Captain and double try scorer Russ Smith said “I didn’t expect to be awarded Man of the Match as every player put in 110% to get the victory but we are all looking forward to our game next week at home against Millbrook”.

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Eastleigh 46-8 Romsey RFC
17th Sep 2011

In front of their new 1st team sponsor, Pipestock, Eastleigh made it two wins from two with a 46 - 8 win over Romsey at Bishopstoke on Saturday. Eastleigh were 5 - 0 up after 15 minutes following a well worked forwards drive from a lineout with Paul Fudio scoring. A second converted try followed after a good backs move with Pete O'Donnell taking the score to 12 - 0. A Lloyd Bennett penalty made it 15 - 0.
Eastleigh were in control but then went to sleep and conceded a number of penalties which allowed Romsey back into the game. A Romsey penalty made it 15 - 3 and then following a yellow card for an Eastleigh forward for persistent infringements Romsey scored a try. Just before half time, Romsey could have closed the gap with a second try if it was not for Eastleigh's excellent defence. Half time score 15 - 8.
After half time Eastleigh stepped up a gear and Jack Curtis scored within 5 minutes of the restart. The penalties were cut out and Eastleigh delivered 31 unanswered points in the second half with the backs and forwards combining well to score from all over the pitch. The three more trys coming from Paul Fudio, John Lynch and John Weatherall.
Captain Russ Smith said “It’s fantastic to see the player base growing in strength and depth, something we have been waiting for a long time and now we can use it to our full potential”.
Head coach Andy Boyes said “After a mixed first half, I was very pleased how the players reacted after half time and delivered a great result. We gave debuts to two players and they slotted into the team extremely well. We're looking forward to going away to Petersfield next week”.

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Farnborough RFC 12-35 Eastleigh
10th Sep 2011

Eastleigh 1st opened the 2011/2012 season with a well deserved win over an improved and new look Farnborough team. Eastleigh travelled with a strong side, leaving several 1st team regulars at home to play for the 2nds and some unavailable. Eastleigh opened up the score board with a penalty in the opening minutes of the game and followed shortly after with a try from Shaquille Hohipa-Wilson, converted by Lloyd Bennett.
A second try in the first half, scored by Paul Taylor from a pushover scrum against the head on the Farnborough try line. Eastleigh’s forwards continued to dominate the half giving their backs a steady platform for passages of attack and play.
The second half caught Eastleigh with their guard down, allowing Farnborough to score two tries. A wake call for Eastleigh saw them fight back to score two more tries, one from a great line out set piece placed over the line by Paul Fudio (welcomed back from serious injury) and the second a great individual try from John Lynch, securing the bonus point for Eastleigh.
No weaknesses in the Eastleigh side this week, a strong performance throughout with exceptional performances from Dan Achilles and Adam Kidd. Lloyd Bennett’s continued accuracy from his boot saw the score climb.

Final score 12 - 35

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Old Blues RFC 32-10 Eastleigh
16th Apr 2011

Eastleigh lost their play off game against a well drilled Old Blues team 10-32

Eastleigh were denied possession for long spells of the game but never gave up and through a determined effort they were awarded a penalty try, converted by Lloyd Bennett who also kicked a penalty in the first half.

Eastleigh can be proud of their season and look forward to a summer break before recommencing their training for next season.

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Fareham Heathens RFC 0-59 Eastleigh
9th Apr 2011

Eastleigh ended the season on a high note defeating a determined and resolute Fareham Heathens 59 - 0.

In all Eastleigh scored 9 tries with nil against. Tries by:-

First Half

Peter O'Donnell
Peter Noonan
Mark Dunleavy
Richie O'Donnell

3 Conversions by Lloyd Bennett

Second Half

Shaun Hayes
Martin Kirby
Adam Kidd (in his new yellow boots)
Richie O'Donnell
Peter O'Donnell

4 Conversions by Lloyd Bennett

This puts Eastleigh in the right mood for the big game next week against Surrey team Old Blues in the Play Offs to determine who gets promoted next season.

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Eastleigh 39-28 Southampton RFC
26th Mar 2011

In an exciting game Eastleigh came out on top in their game against Southampton winning 39-28

Southampton scored a try in the first 10 minutes followed by,

First Half

Steve Jerram scored 2 tries, converted by Lloyd Bennett, Russell Smith scored 1 try (unconverted) and Lloyd Bennett scored a penalty.

Half time score 22-5 to Eastleigh

Second Half Southampton managed to get within 1 point of Eastleigh until the following scores,

Lloyd Bennett scored a penalty with both Zen Chong and Peter Noonan scoring 1 try each with both tries being converted by Lloyd Bennett.

It wasn't until the last 10 minutes that Eastleigh made sure the game was theirs but all in all a good all round performance by both teams.

Eastleigh go into their last League game looking for a good performance to gain home advantage in the play offs the following week.

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New Milton and District RFC 26-11 Eastleigh
12th Mar 2011

Eastleigh were well beaten by a well drilled New Milton side but it will be remembered more for a serious injury to Paul Fudio who broke his ankle in 3 places. However, Eastleigh never gave up and were rewarded with a try by Greg King. John Palacio Lynch kicked 2 penalties and Mike Holmes was outstanding.

This adds to a long list of injured players for Eastleigh and could impact on the remaining games of the season.

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Eastleigh 41-14 Millbrook RFC
5th Mar 2011

After 2 successive defeats Eastleigh came back with a bang against Millbrook and ran in 7 tries in their 41-14 victory.

From the Kick off they scored an unconverted try by Martin Kirby followed by a converted try from Jack Curtis who had an excellent game. Adam Kidd and Jack Curtis again both scored tries converted by Russell Smith with Millbrook scoring a converted try for a half time score of 26-7.

Millbrook scored first in the second half but Eastleigh defense was superb and they scored tries by Adam Kidd, Peter Noonan and Wayne Rawlings (all unconverted).

Dave Craddock had an excellent game in the centre and this win goes a long way to cement the runners up spot in Hampshire Div 1.

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Eastleigh 13-25 Andover RFC
26th Feb 2011

This really was a game of 2 halves. Andover scored a penalty shortly after kick off but from then until half time it was all Eastleigh and they were rewarded with a push over try scored by Paul Fudio (unconverted). Half time score was 5 - 3

In the second half Andover upped their game scoring two converted tries and two penalties. Eastleigh were only able to score a well taken try by Peter O'Donnell which was converted by Lloyd Bennett. Eastleigh forwards dominated the first half with Peter Noonan outstanding behind the scrum creating many opportunities. Man of the match award went to Capt. Russell Smith.

All in all a well fought game by two teams desperate to win. The game was marred by a bad injury to Lloyd Bennett who will be out for the rest of the season which adds to Eastleigh's long list of injured players this season.

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Romsey RFC 23-14 Eastleigh
19th Feb 2011

Eastleigh were no match for a strong and determined Romsey team who dominated the first half of the match running in 2 tries and a penalty to go 15 up and they continued their domination until the last 20 minutes of the game when Eastleigh finally regained some of their form and were rewarded with a charge down try by Tony Fudio and a penalty try, both converted by Lloyd Bennett.

Eastleigh's cause was not helped by their poor discipline having two yellow cards, a red and a man sent off, ending the game with 14 men.

Romsey were more organised on the day and fully deserved their win but Eastleigh never gave up and will treat this game as a wake up call for the rest of the season.

If Eastleigh are to regain their promotion chances they must work hard on the training fields this week for their forthcoming fixtures.

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Eastleigh 7-5 New Milton and District RFC
12th Feb 2011

This was one of the hardest games of the season so far for Eastleigh and after a lot of attacking rugby by both sides the first half ended nil all.

The first to score in the second half were New Milton with an unconverted try after which Eastleigh attacked and were rewarded with a push over try accredited to John Weatherall who had another fine game. The try was converted by Russell Smith which ended the scoring in a tight hard fought game by both sides.

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Eastleigh 29-14 US Portsmouth RFC
5th Feb 2011

Eastleigh started strong with the wind behind them, dominating in every area on the field especially in the set piece scrums. Eastleigh used their heavy pack to their advantage, mauling the weaker USP all over the park.
3 scores in the 1st half saw Eastleigh setting a high pace game.
Scorers: Paul Fudio
Sean Hayes
Jon Weathrall
2 conversions and x1 penalty scored by skipper Russ Smith.
2nd half saw a lapse in concentration from the Eastleigh players which allowed USP to score 2 converted tries in a short space of time.
The Eastleigh lads new the bonus point was a must but the USP players kept them at bay on their line for 15 minutes before a neat bit of phase play rugby saw Tony Fudio go over the line in the last minute of the game. Try converted by Jon Lynch.
All in all a good game and if Eastleigh can get rid of the 20 minute quiet spell in the 2nd half, they will be a force to be reckoned with and be able to beat anyone who stands in their way.

Man of the Match was Adam (Arnie) Payne.

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Ventnor RFC 5-13 Eastleigh
22nd Jan 2011

Eastleigh started off with great determination and scored a penalty (Lloyd Bennett) within the first 10 minutes, followed by a try by David Craddock (unconverted) and a further try by Paul Fudio (unconverted) to lead 13-0 at half time.

After the turn around Ventnor responded by attacking strongly and scored an unconverted try. From then on Ventnor had the best of the second half and Eastleigh made too many mistakes but were unlucky to have a try disallowed in the last segment of the game.

Man of the match for Eastleigh was David Craddock who covered a great deal of ground during the game.

The game was well refereed by Gary Griffin.

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Eastleigh 17-3 Farnborough RFC
15th Jan 2011

In challenging conditions Eastleigh overcame a determined Farnborough team scoring a try late in the first half by Wayne Rawlings (unconverted)

In the second half Eastleigh came out with more determination to master the conditions and scored a try by Adam Kidd, (unconverted) followed by a try and conversion by Tim Liston. Eastleigh pressed hard for their extra bonus point but just failed to reach their target.

Eastleigh's defence was again solid and outstanding for Eastleigh was John Weatherall and Man of the Match was Dan Achilles.

Considering the conditions both team tried to run the ball whenever possible and the final score was 17 - 3 to Eastleigh.

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Isle of Wight RFC 0-43 Eastleigh
8th Jan 2011

Eastleigh struggled to get going against a much improved resident IOW team. It wasn't until the last minute of the first half that they managed to run the ball and score a well taken try by Wayne Rawlings converted by Lloyd Bennett.

In the second half it was a different story when they ran in tries from:-

Wayne Rawlings 2
Richie O'Donnell 1
Lloyd Bennet 1
Micky Holmes 1
Russell Smith 1

Lloyd Bennet with 3 conversions

Eastleigh were comfortable winners 43-0

It was a good overall performance considering they haven't had a game for the last 4 weeks because of weather and Christmas break.

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Southampton RFC 5-39 Eastleigh
11th Dec 2010

Eastleigh roared to the top of the League Table with a 39-5 win over a resiliant Southampton.

Tries from:-

Lloyd Bennet 1 + 3 conversations and 1 penalty
Simon Hicks 2
Tony Fudio 1
Jack Curtis 1
Adam Kidd 1

This was a scrappy game in places due to the cold and wintery conditions. Once Eastleigh moved the ball away from the scrum they opened up play for the backs who ran the ball well.

Adam Kidd was prominent in the forwards with Tony Fudio and Simon Hicks took his chances well. All in all a pleasing day for Eastleigh considering the uncertainty that the match would be played due to the weather.

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Millbrook RFC 19-27 Eastleigh
20th Nov 2010

Tries by Simon Hicks (2), Richie O'Donnell and Dan Achilles with 2 Conversions and 1 penalty by Lloyd Bennett gave Eastleigh a crucial win against strong opposition.

As usual the game between these two teams was close and end to end but Eastleigh deserved their win as on the day they were the more determined and stronger team. Outstanding for Eastleigh were Simon Hicks in the centre and Lloyd Bennett with his kicking but man of the match was Paul Taylor for excellent scrummaging with close contender Adam Kidd, whose all round play and line out activity supported the overall performance of Eastleigh.

Final score 19 - 27.

The game was well refereed and controlled by John Holden. This win keeps Eastleigh on track to catch current runaway league leaders Andover.

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Eastleigh 49-7 Romsey RFC
13th Nov 2010

Even with 8 players not available through injury Eastleigh were too strong for Romsey and roared to a resounding 49-7 win.

Try scorers were:-

Dave Craddock
Richie O'Donnell
Jack Curtis
Lloyd Bennett

Lloyd Bennett converted 3 tries plus a penalty kick before Romsey came back and scored at the end of the first half with the half time score line 29-7.

Second half started with a penalty by Lloyd Bennett followed by tries from:-

Paul Fudio (unconverted)
Jack Curtis (unconverted)
Tim Liston - converted by Lloyd Bennett

This was a good all round performance by Eastleigh. Simon Hicks created some good breaks in the centre and Jack Curtis was prominent throughout the game. Richie O'Donnell and Richard Clark made their presence felt throughout the game.

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US Portsmouth RFC 10-28 Eastleigh
30th Oct 2010

Quick hands and a strong defense allowed Eastleigh to win 28-10 against a lively US Portsmouth team.

After defending their line for the first 10 minutes Eastleigh broke and Wayne Rawlins went over to score the first try (converted by Lloyd Bennett). Shortly afterwards Gregg King had to leave the field of play due to an injured knee and was replaced by Captain Russell Smith. US Portsmouth capitalised on this change by scoring an unconverted try before some smart handling saw Wayne Rawlins score his second try (converted by Lloyd Bennett). Richie O'Donnell completed the first half score with another try converted by Lloyd Bennett.

Second half US Portsmouth ralied and scored another unconverted try but Eastleigh were too strong and Tim Liston scored a try set up by quick ball, converted by Lloyd Bennett whose kicking was solid and reliable.

Once again Richie O'Donnell had a good game and the forwards got the better of their opponents on the day.

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Eastleigh 19-0 Fareham Heathens RFC
16th Oct 2010

Despite the absence of several senior players Eastleigh’s current strong player squad ensured a comfortable, if not emphatic, 19 - 0 win over Fareham Heathens at Bishopstoke on Saturday. Eastleigh started strongly, containing Fareham within their own half and were awarded a penalty for a Fareham player illegally preventing the ball being released from a ruck. Fullback Lloyd Bennett however narrowly missed with his kick. Immediately from the restart Eastleigh drove back deep into the Fareham half through good runs by forwards Paul Taylor, Rich O’Donnell and Paul Fudio. Eastleigh, through their eagerness, repeatedly gave away the advantage through penalties conceded, which allowed the Fareham side to relieve the near constant pressure. Eventually this pressure resulted in a further penalty for Eastleigh. The Home side chose a running play rather than a kick at goal and this resulted in a try for Paul Fudio, which fullback Lloyd Bennett converted. Fareham eventually drove into Eastleigh territory through a number of powerful drives by their large forwards. Eastleigh, with the best defence record in their league, negated these efforts culminating in a strategic clearance kick by Zen Wai Chung to round off the half.

At half time the Eastleigh players were urged to play a more expansive game during the second period and spurred on by a vociferous crowd sought to do so despite Fareham seeking to play a tight containing game, almost exclusively among their forwards. Pete Noonan, Wayne Rawlings ran a number of attacking moves from the three-quarter line for Eastleigh which initially the Fareham players were able to counter. However a knock on provided Eastleigh with a scrum just outside the Fareham 22 meter line. Eastleigh secured the ball and a final pass to wing Dave Craddock enabled him to beat the defence and score Eastleigh’s second try. Again Lloyd Bennett kicked the conversion. Eastleigh then turned over a Fareham attack and fly half Tim Liston kicked into open space beyond the oncoming Fareham forwards. The following passage of play saw a number of Eastleigh’s moves getting near to the Fareham try line. From one of these, wing Jack Curtis was to benefit from a sharp pass to score Eastleigh’s 3rd try, which was not converted. As the match neared the end Fareham enjoyed some rare time in the Eastleigh 22 meter area. Eastleigh though won a turnover ball and some excellent passing through several pairs of hands swept up the field into the Fareham 22, creating excitement for the home supporters and with the prospect of a bonus point on offer. In the last minute of the game despite wing Dave Craddock touching the ball down over the Fareham try line it was adjudged that his touchdown had been a double movement with no try being awarded.

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Eastleigh 42-3 Ventnor RFC
9th Oct 2010

Eastleigh put in a good all round team performance to defeat a determined Ventnor side 42 - 3.

In the first five minutes of the first half Tim Liston kicked a penalty followed by a penalty from Ventnor but Eastleigh came back strongly with a pushover try credited to Paul Taylor (unconverted). This was quickly followed by good passing by the three quarters with Tim Liston going over in the corner, making the half time score 13-3

After the interval Eastleigh threw the ball around and their superior fitness showed as they scored 5 more tries, 2 converted. Second half scorers were:-

Wayne Rawlins - 1
Richie O'Donnell 1
Pete Noonan 1
Paul Fudio 2

Convertions by Tim Liston

Eastleigh finished on a high thoroughly deserving the final score.

Outstanding were Pete Noonan and John Weatherall, whose son Oscar was the Mascot of the day.

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Farnborough RFC 7-25 Eastleigh
2nd Oct 2010

A very scrappy game. Eastleigh managed to overcome a determined Farnborough side with a scoreline of 25-7

Lloyd Bennett opened the scoring in the first five minutes with a penalty and in the last five minutes of the first half Tony Fudio scored a well taken try in the corner (unconverted) making the half time score 8-0

Farnborough came out in the second half with renewed determination and scored a good try (converted) but Lloyd Bennett replied for Eastleigh with another penalty, this was followed by the best move of the game culminating in a try for Richie O'Donnell. This was followed by a further try by sub Tim Liston which was converted by Lloyd Bennett.

The game ended with Eastleigh pressing for a bonus try but were narrowly pipped by the final whistle.

During the game Lloyd Bennett and Steve Shears made good contributions but man of the match was Richie O'Donnell.

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Eastleigh 44-10 Isle of Wight RFC
25th Sep 2010

Eastleigh proved to themselves that they have strength in depth this week as with 8 regular players out of action they still managed to achieve full bonus points in trouncing IOW 44-10.

IOW never gave up but were outclassed by Eastleigh. First half tries were scored by:-

P Noonan
S Jerram
P Fudio
J Weatherall
S Hayes

Two of which were converted by T Liston

Second half tries:-

R Sutherland (was injured scoring which necessitated the game being moved to pitch 2) where further tries were scored by:-

J Cook
P Fudio

Captain Russell Smith managed to get on for 10 minutes - his first since last season due to injury.

He commented that it was a great win and comforting to know that we have the resources to provide cover for the amount of injured players we are currently carrying.

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Andover RFC 16-12 Eastleigh
18th Sep 2010

Eastleigh lost the game they could have won if they hadn't given away so many penalties in the first half. They were on the defensive for most of the first half and defended their line well but gave away 4 penalties, 3 of which were converted, making the score 9-0 to Andover at half time.

Eastleigh came out in the second half with determination and scored an unconverted try by Simon Hicks (debut game). 10 minutes later Hicks again scored from an interception, running from the half way line, finishing in spectacular fashion. This try was converted by Tim Liston.

Eastleigh were unfortunate to have 2 more tries disallowed and from a loose ball on Eastleigh's 22 Andover raced through and scored, which was converted making the final score 16-12.

Eastleigh forwards had the upper hand on their opponents for most of the game and outstanding for Eastleigh were R O'Donnell and Z Wai Chung.

This was Eastleigh's first League game of the season and if they can keep up this performance they can look forward to a successful season.

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Southampton RFC 14-20 Eastleigh
10th Apr 2010

Eastleigh fully deserved their 20-14 win in their last game against a strong Southampton side.

The amount of territory Eastleigh had in the first half ensured that they scored 2 tries, one from Wayne Rawlins and one for Paul Fudio (Capt of the day) with Southampton scoring a try and two penalties. Half time score was 10-11 to Southampton.

In the second half Eastleigh began by piling on the pressure and were rewarded with 2 tries from Arnie Payne, both unconverted and a late penalty from Southampton completed the scoring at 20-14.

Unfortunately for Eastleigh they lost Russell Smith after 15 minutes of the first half due to injury which weakened Eastleigh's lineout possession and conversion rate.

It was a fitting end to a successful season for Eastleigh and hopefully will lead to better things next season, perhaps even promotion.

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Romsey RFC 12-35 Eastleigh
27th Mar 2010

Eastleigh probably played their best game of the season with open flowing rugby to see off Romsey 35-12

A penalty from Tim Liston within the first five started the scoring closely followed by a well taken try and conversion from Romsey after which Eastleigh were unstoppable. Tries followed from M Holmes, P O'Donnell and P Fudio, making the score at half time 18-7

Paul Fudio started off the second half with a try converted by Tim Liston quickly followed by a further try by Paul Taylor which Romsey replied with a try of their own followed by another try by Eastleigh's Dale Brenton with his first touch of the game having only been on for a minute.

This was a fast open flowing game by both teams and consolidates Eastleigh's position of third in the League with one game remaining. This was a particularly enjoyable game to watch and well refereed by Ashley Tomlinson.

Happy Easter

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Eastleigh 34-0 New Milton and District RFC
20th Mar 2010

Eastleigh playing 15 man flowing rugby completely dominated and fully deserved their win of 34-0 against New Milton.

From the start they ran the ball with Martin Kirby going over in the corner, closely followed by a try by Shaun Hayes after a pushover of 22 yards by the forwards. Russell Smith brought the first half to a close with a try, all of which were unconverted. Half time score 15-0

In the second half they left off where they finished in the first half by two very good tries by Pete O'Donnell, both converted by Tim Liston. Paul Fudio completed the scoring with an unconverted try in the corner.

Final score 34-0

Considering the weather conditions the handling was superb and Stevie Jerram tackled well on the wing and Shaun Hayes shone as scrum half. This team is improving with every game.

This win means Eastleigh stay in third position in the League with only 2 more league games to play.

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Eastleigh 28-11 US Portsmouth RFC
13th Mar 2010

Eastleigh fully deserved their 28-11 win over US Portsmouth on Saturday. Portsmouth opened the scoring with a penalty but this was soon followed by a penalty from Russell Smith and a good break down the wing from Martin Kirby who then passed to Steve Jerram who scored a try under the posts (converted by Russell Smith). After some good work by the forwards Paul Fudio scored an unconverted try ending the first half with Eastleigh 15-3 up.

US Portsmouth opened the second half in the same fashion as the first with a penalty, followed by a try from Eastleigh's Paul Taylor (unconverted).Tim Liston kicked a penalty but US pressing hard followed this with an unconverted try. A pick up and dash for the line gave Paul Fudio a second well deserved try (unconverted).

The score reflected that Eastleigh is at it's best when it plays as a unified team.

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Fareham Heathens RFC 13-25 Eastleigh
6th Mar 2010

Eastleigh took 20 minutes before they got into their stride by which time Fareham had scored a converted try and a penalty. Added to their problems they lost influential prop and Vice Captain Greg King with a broken knee cap.
However, Eastleigh managed to score a try by Julian King and a further one by Rich O'Donnell, converted by Russell Smith to turn around 13-12 at half time.
In the second half most of the scoring and play was by Eastleigh with a penalty by Russell Smith followed by a try from Jason Berry, converted by Russell Smith with a further penalty by Smith to finish a game which had become a bit scrappy.
Lloyd Attree on his first team debut this season performed well and Shaun Hayes had a powerful game at scrum half.

Eastleigh seconds 52 Fareham Heathens 8 in a merit table game.

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Eastleigh 7-17 Portsmouth University RFC
21st Feb 2010

Sunday's Cup game against Portsmouth University was a much better performance by a changed Eastleigh side due to injuries. It was a closer game than the score suggests with both sides running the ball at every opportunity. Portsmouth Uni just about deserved to win and the final score was 17 - 7 with Eastleigh's converted try coming from Stevie Jerram, converted by Tim Liston.

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Eastleigh 5-41 Petersfield RFC
20th Feb 2010

What a difference a week makes! Eastleigh came up against a form team in Petersfield on Saturday and were soundly beaten 41-5. They started off well and pressurised the visitors for the first 15 mins and were unfortunate not to score but after that Petersfield scored one converted try and one unconverted, making it 12 - 0 at half time.

In the second half Eastleigh started well and scored a try by Jack Curtis.

After this Eastleigh were on the back foot for the rest of the game, losing their discipline and giving away too many penalties.

At the end of the game they were rather lucky to come second.

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Farnborough RFC 14-28 Eastleigh
13th Feb 2010

Eastleigh gave their best performance yet this season in honour of their President's (Brian Russell-Taylor) birthday yesterday. Farnborough hosted a pre match lunch prior to the game and were generous in their hospitality.

Eastleigh scored a penalty in the first 5 minutes (Russell Smith) which was repeated by Farnborough 5 minutes later. After that Eastleigh went on the rampage playing excellent 15 man rugby. Russell Smith kicked another penalty followed by an excellent try from Dan Achilles, converted by Russell Smith. Rich O'Donnell chased and gathered the ball to score a try (unconverted) and the score at half time was 18 - 3

Eastleigh continued to dominate the second half with a further penalty kicked by Russell Smith followed up by a well worked try from Pete O'Donnell which was converted by Russell Smith. Eastleigh eased off and Farnborough scored a penalty and with some further determination scored a try in the last minute of the game.

This was an outstanding performance by Eastleigh playing excellent rugby with R O'Donnell and Paul Fudio giving outstanding performances and Russell Smith consolidating the scoreline with solid kicking.

The game was well refereed by Bob La Brocq who was over from Jersey.

2nd Team result - Eastleigh 41 Farnborough 34

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Eastleigh 8-6 Millbrook RFC
6th Feb 2010

Eastleigh overcame a determined Millbrook in a hard fought and sometimes scrappy game. Millbrook kicked 2 penalties to lead at half time 0-6
Following half time it was nearly all Eastleigh as they pounded the Millbrook line and from a quick tap penalty Martin Kirby scythed through the Millbrook defense to score an unconverted try. Five minutes before the end Eastleigh were awarded a penalty which Tim Liston kicked, after which they hung on to win 8-6. The Eastleigh forwards were again outstanding with a particularly good performance from the trio Paul Fudio, Dan Achilles and Greg King.

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Eastleigh 22-10 Aldershot and Fleet RFC
30th Jan 2010

Eastleigh got back to winning ways against a determined Aldershot and Fleet side in a rather scrappy game. They turned round 12-0 due to a try from Paul Fudio, who had a great game, converted by Russell Smith, who also scored an unconverted try.

After the interval they scored two more unconverted tries to Dan Achilles and Pete Noonan to remain in third position in the League.

Aldershot and Fleet kept pounding away at Eastleigh's defence and finally scored an interception try by their centre which was converted and a penalty.

The game finished with a scoreline of 22-10 to Eastleigh. Perhaps Eastleigh were keeping some of their energy for next week when they have two consecutive games on Saturday and Sunday.

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Alton RFC 13-6 Eastleigh
23rd Jan 2010

After a five week lay off Eastleigh had an unlucky loss 13-6. Alton scored first with an unconverted try in the first half and Eastleigh responded with a penalty from Russell Smith.

The second half was almost all Eastleigh as they attacked relentlessly up the slope. They scored what looked like a push over try but the Referee was the only one who did not see it and it wasn't awarded. They followed up with another penalty from Russell Smith. Alton, after a good move down the pitch, scored an unconverted push over try and although Eastleigh came back strongly they just failed to score again.

Eastleigh forwards were outstanding and Russell Smith was leading from the front.

Eastleigh 2nd fifteen lost 35-8 to Alton (at Alton).

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Eastleigh 3-7 Romsey RFC
12th Dec 2009

In a scrappy game littered with penalties, mostly against Eastleigh in the tackle area after stopping their visitors. Eastleigh spent most of the first half in Romsey territory but failed to take the chances setup by marauding play by flankers Paul Fudio and Rich O’Donnell. Wayne Hayward made a good break and Wayne Rawlins was away but recalled for a forward pass. Another good move was stopped by crossing but the half was characterised by Romsey clearing their lines from penalties and Eastleigh’s sloppy kicking in return.
Eastleigh took the lead early in the second half when Russ Smith hit the spot after they had run the ball well out of defence. Romsey missed a chance to draw level with a penalty in front of the posts but from their first good attack the centre made a clean break to notch a converted try. As the darkness fell Eastleigh made progress with driving mauls to five metres but when a chance to regain the lead came they were penalised at the line to end a very disappointing game.

Final score was Eastleigh 3 Romsey 7

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New Milton and District RFC 16-21 Eastleigh
5th Dec 2009

In a scrappy indiciplined game, Eastleigh deservedly won their game against New Milton to consolidate their position in Hampshire Division 1.

Tim Liston opened the scoring with a drop goal, followed by a penalty. Eastleigh then followed up with a try by P Noonan, converted by Tim Liston. New Milton scored two penalties making the half time score 6 - 13 to Eastleigh.

Early in the second half, perhaps the try of the season for Eastleigh, running the ball through several pairs of hands with Martin Kirby going over in the corner (unconverted).

New Milton followed this with two further unconverted tries but Eastleigh answered with a penalty from Tim Liston.

The game was spoilt by an injury to Tony Fudio and the last 10 minutes of the game had to be finished on the adjoining pitch.

Final score was 21-16 to Eastleigh

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Eastleigh 12-6 Fareham Heathens RFC
28th Nov 2009

Eastleigh took time to settle and were 0-3 down within 15 (Penalty) minutes. They then got themselves together and with a good move by the forwards scored an unconverted try (P O'Donnell). Eastleigh gave away a further penalty in the first half making half time score was 5-6 to Fareham Heathens.

The second half was a dogged affair but after a good run by the three quarters Eastleigh's Tim Liston darted through the middle to score under the posts which he duly converted. From then Eastleigh's defense was tested by a constant barrage from the opposition but the defense was solid enough to keep the opposition from scoring.

The game was well refereed to such an extent that players could have learnt a lot by paying more attention to his advice.

Final score was 12-6 to Eastleigh

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Eastleigh 19-48 Dunvant RFC
21st Nov 2009

Eastleigh Memorial Match for Mike Whitecross.

On Saturday Eastleigh held a memorial match for Mike who was club Treasurer until he died of cancer earlier in the year. Dunvant a club from his native Wales brought a party of veterans who put on a great show of positive attractive rugby. Many of them had played senior rugby in Wales and they were a joy to watch winning by 48 – 19 with 36 points in the first half. Eastleigh put on one or two younger men in the second half and these players would have learnt from the experience. Both sides had a meal after the game and watched the New Zealand game on the big screen, although there was banter as the visitors wanted to see Wales playing Argentina. A great day with a good sum collected for cancer.

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Petersfield RFC 27-5 Eastleigh
14th Nov 2009

Eastleigh were beaten by a well organized team who ran the ball at every opportunity. The game was hampered by a howling gail which made handling difficult and Petersfield scored in the first five minutes with a converted try. Eastleigh rallied and eventually scored a push over try, credited to Andy Kidd (unconverted). Petersfield went on to score a further unconverted try in the first half with a half time score of 12-5.

In the second half Eastleigh pressed hard but bad handling gave the ball to the opposition who took advantage and increased their score to 27. Eastleigh backs found it challenging to cope with the weather conditions but the forwards put up a solid defense but couldn't cope with Petersfield's mobility.

Eastleigh 18-10 Farnborough RFC
7th Nov 2009

Eastleigh turn it on. Eastleigh staged a tremendous come back in the second half to overturn a 10- 0 Farnborough lead. Both sides played lively rugby but the handling often wiled under the sound tackling. Eastleigh’s attacking kicks were returned with interest by Farnborough’s splendid full back. The visitors looked more dangerous with ball in hand and opened the scoring when their Fijian centre made a powerful outside break. Steve Jerram had a fine game on the wing for Eastleigh running strongly in attack and defence. Peter Noonan made a great break and moves with Paul Fudio and Wayne Rawlins put Eastleigh within range but Tim Liston missed a straightforward penalty. Eastleigh lost the ball in the Farnborough half and their left wing made a great diagonal run, picking up speed as the tacklers floundered to score a 70 m try.

In he second half play continued end to end with the home side more dangerous and they spent much time camped in the Farnborough 22. A moment of brilliance occurred when Sean Hayes kept the ball in play with an amazing touchline catch. Dan Achilles made a couple of powerful bursts and got the touchdown when Eastleigh drove to the line from a line out. Russ Smith converted. Eastleigh’s pack started to dominate their heavier opponents and as the pressure built Farnborough began to concede penalties. Smith was unlucky when a penalty hit the post, bounced onto the bar and was adjudged to have landed on the wrong side. Eastleigh continued to attack and a long penalty shot dropped just short. Smith soon levelled the scores with an easier kick. From the kick off Rich O’Donnell scorched down the left wing, Mick Holmes and Paul Fudio carried on and forced a penalty which Smith converted with an excellent kick to take the lead. With time running out it was anyone’s game. From a fiercely contested ruck in the Eastleigh man of the match Paul Fudio , who had proved he is just as effective at blind side, emerged with the ball and punted it far downfield. The chase started and Eastleigh players swarmed to the breakdown near the line. Sean Hayes tore himself out and fell over the line to the delight of a delirious crowd. The whistle for no side followed shortly. This victory was the reward for a never say die spirit.

Eastleigh 2nd XV went down 65 -10 at Farnborough, scorers Glen Lawrence and Manny Feriera.

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Uckfield RFC 16-3 Eastleigh
31st Oct 2009

Late withdrawals and the early start caused Eastleigh to make the long trip to Uckfield with only two replacements, but skipper Paul Taylor was proud of the way his team played. It was end to end with both teams moving the ball at every chance, but the tackling was excellent and made some of the moves look over ambitious. Without a specialist hooker Eastleigh struggled to get good ball from the scrums against a well drilled pack but they took charge of the line-out with Russ Smith again prominent. From a clean take they set up a driving maul and made 30 m freeing Peter Noonan whose long break set up the position from which Tim Liston opened the score with a penalty.
Uckfield took over the next quarter their kicking in attack and defence giving their visitors a lesson. The Eastleigh defence was equal to it with Paul Fudio and Rich O’Donnell outstanding, but they weren’t able to prevent Uckfield leading at H.T. with two well-struck penalties and a tremendous drop goal.
The second half followed a similar pattern with neither side looking likely to score. One bit of powerful rugby came when an Uckfield centre cleared a dangerous situation with a Lomu like run breaking three tackles before being crashed down by Peter Noonan. With time running out Eastleigh were held in their 22, their tenacious defence held out, but when they did regain the ball a long clearing kick fell just short and the home left wing sprinted down the touch line for a spectacular try, converted with a terrific kick from the edge of touch. Playing now for pride Rich O’Donnell raced from a half way scrum almost to the line. From the line out Eastleigh drove at the line and after three penalties Adam Kidd forced his way over only to have his try disallowed by the badly positioned referee. The final whistle then blew.

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Aldershot and Fleet RFC 9-22 Eastleigh
24th Oct 2009

Eastleigh scored a comfortable if unconvincing victory. They made a superb start. Having kicked off they turned over the ball from the catcher and slick handling gave winger John Cook space and he raced in from 30 m without a hand laid on him. Despite being on the attack for most of the game Eastleigh were restricted by tenacious tackling by the home side, and missed passes and wayward clearing kicks allowed Aldershot into the game After conceding a penalty Eastleigh were close to scoring when the final pass was intercepted. In a great chase Martin Kirby caught the sprinter but another penalty under the posts put Aldershot ahead. The heavy overnight rain had left a damp surface and made coherent movements difficult but the Eastleigh pack took charge dominating the set scrums and put last week’s line out troubles behind them. Jumping at two Russ Smith got clean possession off his own ball and stole several of theirs. A drive from a line out resulted in the ball being held up over the home line. The 5m scrum was controlled skilfully and no 8 ,John Weatherill
touched down. From a heel against the head in midfield touch was found close to the line. Aldershot got the ball back but the bounce beat the scrum half and Andy Browning was on hand to score an opportunist try.
After HT another forward drive with Tony Fuidio prominent took play well into the home 22 where Dan Achilles broke off and scored near the corner. Tim Liston converted with an excellent kick.
A sloppy kick out of defence was snapped up by the home flyhalf and he dropped a neat goal. This finished the scoring despite Eastleigh’s efforts.to get the backs moving, their handling could escape the clutches of the Aldershot midfield, who appeared suspiciously in front of the rear foot. A tremendous break by flanker P:aul Fudio showed how to breach the defence but sadly he put a toe in touch just before he touched down.

Next week Eastleigh venture in to Sussex to play Uckfield in the Junior Vase.

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Eastleigh 7-10 Alton RFC
17th Oct 2009

Eastleigh 7 Alton 10

This was a dour game between two well matched sides,and a desperately disappointing result for Eastleigh who contrived to lose a game they should have put away before HT having had at least 60% territory and possession.. Their backs showed more enterprise but vital passes went down. Peter Noonan made one splendid break but the Alton defence held, and Eastleigh twice had the ball over the line to be called back for knock ons. Throughout the first half Eastleigh wasted field position with flawed tactics and throwing at the line-out. Alton mounted their first real attack after half an hour and opened the scoring with a well struck penalty from near touch.
Soon after HT the home side lost much ground for a late tackle but regained the ball in their 22 and a promising counter attack foundered with a pass to space. Eastleigh had a chance to draw level but the penalty attempt drifted wide. At last Eastleigh got decent line out ball from throws to no 2, and Paul Taylor broke from one and Paul Fudio was on hand to score. Tim Liston converted. With time running out Eastleigh failed to clear their line and the Alton scrummage, which had been solid throughout the game, pinned Eastleigh near their line and turned the screw. After three penalties at 5 m scrums the pressure told and Eastleigh conceded a penalty try, which was converted with the last kick of the game.

In Merit two Alton 34 Eastleigh 2nd XV 10.

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US Portsmouth RFC 3-38 Eastleigh
10th Oct 2009

10th October 2009
US( Portsmouth) 3 Eastleigh 38

On a lovely afternoon at US Eastleigh put on a display to match the conditions. After an early exchange of penalties(Tim Liston’s from near H/W) Eastleigh’s pack took control and provided a solid platform on which no 8 John Weatherill and scrum half Sean Hayes gave a stream of clean ball for the backs. Pete Noonan placed a grubber perfectly and Peter O’Donnell picked up the rolling ball expertly and sores for the first of five tries, all converted by Liston. A blind side move involving Paul Taylor and Hayes gave Rich O’Donnell a long run down the wing and when held at the line he offloaded to Paul Fudio to score. Fudio was soon in the action again. US kicked a penalty to the corner but threw in too deep, Fudio collected at the end of the line and kicked long and high, caught the ball himself but sadly, when held, did not see the three man overlap outside him. Eastleigh could have doubled the score in the next few minutes. In quick succession Noonan and Peter O’Donnell went through on the burst but failed to hold on the pass and then Rich O’Donnell rounded his man, chipped over the full back but failed to ground the ball. The first half was rounded off by Liston. Weatherill and Hayes again combined well from a scrum on the 22 and gave him room to loop round the centres to score without a hand laid on him.
Eastleigh continued in an enterprising way after the interval with a mazy run by Martin Kirby but the final pass went to ground. US failed to clear and the Eastleigh pack drove them off the ball giving a clear opening from which Noonan scored. Tony Fudio made the final score when he alertly charged down the full back’s kick, Taylor picked up the rebound and drove to the posts to put Noonan over for his second try.
US finished the game with ten minutes attack but the Eastleigh tackling did not falter in their pride to stop their line being crossed. A very satisfying all-round performance.

Eastleigh 2nd XV 34 Ryde 0 Merit Two

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Farnborough RFC 8-31 Eastleigh
3rd Oct 2009

Eastleigh went to Farnborough for a friendly and met a freezing gale force wind. With first use of it they spent much of the time in the home half, but passing was made difficult and promising attacks were foiled by stray passes and several interceptions as the ball held up in the wind. Eastleigh controlled the scrums and Mick Holmes at no 8 broke, fed Sean Hayes and the move was stopped by a penalty converted by Russ Smith.
Farnborough tried to run the ball out with their full back prominent and it took one crashing tackle by Pete Noonan to stop him. A clear line out catch by Tony Fudio and a driving run by Paul Taylor set up a spot for a second Smith penalty, 6-0. As HT approached the home side surged into attack held up by a penalty. The clearing kick failed to reach touch and they got on the scoreboard with a well struck penalty. 6-3.

Eastleigh made better use of the ball after the interval an alert move by Rich O'Donnell put Rob Sutherland in at the corner.11-3. Farnborough foozled the drop out and from the midfield scrum Eastleigh went on the attack again. Live wire Zen moved into the back row and Andy Browning came on to hook and play was taken to the right corner. A clean heel and quick hands took the ball to the left corner and Jack Curtis who had just come on scored with his first touch, Tim Liston converted from wide out. 18-3. From the drop out Eastleigh's clearance fell short and the home full back put a superb kick in the corner, where they stole the line-out for the first time and went over wide out. 18-8.
Dan Achilles broke in his 22 and the move carried 60 m by Noonan, Curtis and Wayne Rawlins who cleverly kept the ball alive near touch. A penalty followed kicked by Liston who had another after a fine driving maul. 24-8. Eastleigh kept up the pressure with good clean catching from line-outs, and Steve Jerram was held close to the line.From another good scrum Liam Wood spun his way out of several tackles before crashing over. Liston completed the scoring with a great touchline conversion. 31-8.

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Millbrook RFC 13-15 Eastleigh
19th Sep 2009

Snatching victory from the jaws of defeat never applied more than in this game. Millbrook led until five minutes from the end having been sharper than Eastleigh for much of the game. After five minutes their winger out paced his opponent to score wide out and then after a midfield turnover they took advantage of a friendly bounce with quick backing up to score in the other corner. Eastleigh livened up and after Pete Noonan took play deep into the 22 and forward drive gave Adam Kidd a chance and he crashed over, Russ Smith converted. Millbrook kicked a penalty but as HT approached Eastleigh defence tightened , although some of the clearing kicks failed to find touch and the home side ran the ball back at every opportunity. Half Time score 13-7

Eastleigh drew closer from a Smith penalty and after a long break Peter O'Donnell camped in the home 22 but showed little penetration. Paul Fudio charged down a kick but the rebound eluded him. At this stage Eastleigh's line-out, usually a prolific source of possession, failed to satisfy the referee and free kicks and scrums lost promising positions. Another fine kick by Pete Noonan provided relief and when a drop kick failed to reach touch skipper Paul Taylor rallied his troops from the scrum and with jut five minutes left Eastleigh broke from the scrum and Steve Jerram rounded his man on the outside and raced over in the corner to seal a rather fortunate win.

Eastleigh 2nds were without a game as Millbrook 2nds failed to raise a side.

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Eastleigh 36-0 Southampton RFC
12th Sep 2009

Eastleigh made a splendid start to the new league season, skipper Paul Taylor reckoned it was an outstanding team performance showing the work done in training. They outplayed and out paced Southampton, playing enterprising rugby the display only marred by the number of penalties conceded. Alignment in the backs was food to give the space for incisive running. Eastleigh opened the scoring after only five minutes, Adam Kidd finishing a move between backs and forwards with man of the match Tony Fudio to the fore. Promising positions were wasted by penalties and when one attack broke down Southampton broke away and only a fine tackle by Peter O'Donnell waved the day. Play was even with the big visitors' pack making it difficult for Eastleigh to get clean line-out ball. With half time approaching Eastleigh forced a scrum deep in the Southampton 22 and Paul Fudio showed skill in breaking and racing wide to make a gap outside the centres to get a pass from which he scored a try, converted by Russ Smith. Half Time score 12-0

The lead was soon increased after good handling, Peter O'Donnell broke near the posts and Sean Hayes was up to score. The drop out went straight and from the half way scrum Eastleigh set up yet another attack for Steve Jerram to score. Skipper Paul Taylor powered through for a try, Smith converted. The pack were now well in charge and after two powerful scrimmage drives the position was set up and Martin Kirby made no mistake, Smith converted 36-0

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Eastleigh 24-7 Farnborough RFC
18th Apr 2009

The last League game of the season couldn't have turned out better as every result went our way, with both East Dorset & New Milton loosing to drop below us in the table. Two great tries by Pete O'Donnell with one conversion and four penalties from Russ Smith saw us safely through to remain in Hampshire One next season.

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Southampton RFC 10-6 Eastleigh
28th Mar 2009

A poor game marred by some indifferent referring in which we only had two Russ Smith penalties. Southampton scored an unconverted try mid way through the second half, and another one with the very last move of the match, a penalty kick which missed but bounced kindly for the chasing opponent to beat our lads to the touchdown. A win on 18 April at home is needed, but still may not be enough if other results don't go our way.

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New Milton and District RFC 23-18 Eastleigh
7th Mar 2009

A game which could have gone either way right up to the last ten minutes, when we were leading 18-16, until we allowed New Milton to score a converted try in the corner. The lads didn't get into the New Milton half for at least 20 minutes when Steve Jerram got over for a good try. A better second half saw a try by Pete O'Donnell converted by Russ smith, who also kicked two penalties. For the last few minutes of the game we were camped on their line but couldn't get over..

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Eastleigh 29-5 East Dorset RFC
21st Feb 2009

A great win to move us up the Hampshire One table thanks to the other relegation teams losing their games. What a difference a week makes, when last week against Romsey we gifted them the points by kicking away good possession. This week we held onto the ball and waited until we were in scoring positions. Two tries came from Paul Taylor and one each from Jack Curtis and Tim Liston, with three conversions and one penalty by Russ Smith. Rich O'Donnell excelled in his new role as flanker.

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Romsey RFC 15-15 Eastleigh
14th Feb 2009

As half of the First XV squad were out with injury or unavailable, it was a very mixed bunch that took the field in this important League game. However, the Second XV players drafted in took their chance and Ryan Dack barged over for a great try in the first five minutes. Playing well against a strong Romsey side, we increased the lead through a Tim Liston penalty. On top with just a few seconds of the first half to go our usual awful kicking out of hand gifted Romsey a converted try. The second half was more even with Romsey taking the lead through a try and penalty. We continued to kick away good possession and all looked lost till four minutes from the end when Manny Ferreira raced over under the posts, and also converted.

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Eastleigh 16-14 Alton RFC
7th Feb 2009

A most welcome win in this very tight League game thanks to a great team try by Martin Kirby, converted by Russ Smith who also hit three penalties. Despite our usual poor kicking out of hand, our defence was massive in holding onto this win, especially in the last fifteen minutes. Every player stood up and was counted, none better than Tony Fudio, Paul Taylor and Wayne Rawlins.

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Eastleigh 3-19 Sandown and Shanklin
31st Jan 2009

Another defeat in the league now leaves us fighting a relegation battle with only seven more games to play. Our usual problem of being unable to score when in good positions, plus the usual awful chip kicks when in possession, allowed Sandown to run in three tries. Our only points coming from a Russ Smith penalty.

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US Portsmouth RFC 24-17 Eastleigh
17th Jan 2009

Yet another narrow defeat to Services, yet it looked all up at half time as we turned round 24-7 down. With the wind in the first half Services better backs caused havoc and scored long range tries. Our forwards were easily a match for Services, and Paul Fudio went over for a try converted by Russ Smith. The second half was a different game altogether as our forwards lived in their half but could only manage one try, converted by Smith, with a Smith penalty. Despite losing we moved up a place in the league table on points difference as East Dorset lost away to Southampton.

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Eastleigh 14-15 Southampton RFC
20th Dec 2008

A disappointing game, marred by some poor decisions by the officials, which the lads should have won by half time. We gave up the opportunity to get three easy points on the board first by running a penalty right in front of the posts, a decision which came back to haunt us at the final whistle. Soton then kicked their penalty and scored an unconverted try. Late in the game the lads scored two converted tries which proved too little too late. The first half of the league season is now over so we approach 2009 with the need to get some early wins under our belts.

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Farnborough RFC 14-3 Eastleigh
6th Dec 2008

A competitive first half, when Russ Smith put over a penalty, turned into a scrappy second half with our lads unable to penetrate the home defence. The only good points of the game coming from the outstanding defence of Paul Taylor, Martin Kirby and Rich O'Donnell.

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Eastleigh 23-25 US Portsmouth RFC
15th Nov 2008

A vital League game we had won until the very last minute when US were awarded a penalty try. Eight points clear with only five minutes to go we managed to give them a kickable penalty and that last minute penalty try. The ref blew for full time once the conversion had gone over. Rich O'Donnell and Sean Hayes scored tries, with russ Smith putting over three excellent penalties and two conversions. To say the lads were distraught in the dressing room is an understatement.

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Alton RFC 0-10 Eastleigh
1st Nov 2008

At last all the hard work came together as the lads played the conditions better than Alton, and made the right decisions when it mattered. A good try by Paul Taylor, converted by Tim Liston was the score at half time. In the second half strong tackling from the whole team, especially John Weatherall in the forwards and all the backs, kept Alton out. Tim Liston added a penalty for the only score in the second half.

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Sandown and Shanklin 16-10 Eastleigh
25th Oct 2008

Despite scoring two tries to Sandown's one, the lads conceded penalties which Sandown converted. Steve Fuller and Paul Taylor scored our tries in a solid and brave performance all round, especially the tackling, against a strong Sandown outfit.

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East Dorset RFC 13-11 Eastleigh
4th Oct 2008

Yet again the lads had a game for the taking but gave away possession with poor kicking and technical play in the backs. As usual the forwards dominated the game but only had an Adam Payne try to show for it, with Tim Liston putting over two penalties. A chance of tactics , or players, may have to be introduced if we want to avoid a relegation battle at the end of the season.

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Eastleigh 29-12 New Milton and District RFC
20th Sep 2008

Despite losing eight members of the First XV squad through unavailability and injury, the lads put on a great display to beat New Milton by five tries to two. The Fudio brothers were outstanding in the pack, both scoring tries, while Tim Liston deputising at scrum half got the backs going well. Due to the depleted players injured captain Dave Craddock played a cameo role on the wing. Tries by Paul Fudio, Tony Fudio, Tim Liston, Mick Holmes and Pete O'Donnell, with two conversions by Tim Liston.

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Fordingbridge RFC 15-6 Eastleigh
13th Sep 2008

Despite second row Russ Smith dropping out at the last minute through illness, our forwards dominated at the scrum and with their driving play. The backs however carried on from where they left off last week giving away possession with poor kicks, bad passing and loose handling. Rich O'Donnell kicked two penalties, but the team deserved more points from their play. However, a bright spot on the day was the excellent play from all the Second XV backs in beating Fordingbridge 2 by 20-0. This will give the selectors more options for next weeks game at home to New Milton.

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