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PREVIEW | Eastleigh vs Wrexham

Our excellent record at Eastleigh will receive a severe test.

8 December 2022

Wrexham continue the pursuit of the top spot with a tricky game at Eastleigh, a side which only surrenders home points grudgingly.

Tom O'Connor is pushing for a start after his goal from the bench at York City last weekend.

O'Connor's goal was a beauty, of course, but despite giving Wrexham an 88th minute lead it was the winner. York's cruelly deflected injury time equaliser meant The Red Dragons dropped two precious points and ceded the topspot to Notts County.

The Spitfires will be difficult opponents as Wrexham look to get back to winning ways. They lie just two points off the post-season spots, and nobody at Wrexham wants to hear their name in relation to the play-offs. We've already seen how difficul they cane be on the opening day of the season, when it took a magnificent match-winning cameo off the bench by Elliot Lee to overturn their early goal and earn a 2-1 win.

However, it's atthe Silverlake Stadium that The Spitfires excel. Only one side has won more points at home this season in the National League (and of  course, that's us as we've a 100% record at The Racecourse!) Only Notts County have conceded fewer on their own patch than Eastleigh's 8, and they're the only side to have beaten The Spitfires at home.

A 1-0 home win over Boreham Wood last Saturday represented the end of their first significant wobble of the campaign. They'd lost their previous three games, and had been beaten in the FA Cup by The Wood at the start of the campaign, meaning The Spitfires went into Saturday's revenge mission having lost 4 of their previous 5 matches.

However, they prevailed thanks, in no small part, to ex-Wrexham defender Jamal Fyfield. In the 34th minute he was sent off for an off-the-ball incident, which was also punished by a penalty. Tristan Abrahams scored from the spot, and it turned out to be the only goal of the match.



Wrexham have an admirable record at Eastleigh, having never lost in 8 trips to Hampshire.

Last season Jake Hyde scored both the goals at the Silverlake Stadium, as Phil Parkinson enjoyed his first win as Wrexham manager. The win wasn’t as comfortable as the scoreline suggested though, as The Spitfires missed a couple of good chances in the early stages of the match.

The season before, a feisty match ended in a 1-1 draw. Dean Keates’ side put in a strong performance, and a terrific strike by Kwame Thomas in first half injury time put them ahead. However, a highly controversial penalty decision allowed Eastleigh back in the game: Christian Dibble pulled off a magnificent save from a corner but, as the ball rebounded from the bar James Horsfield was inexplicably penalised for a high boot as he hooked the ball off the line and Eastleigh equalised from the spot.

The controversy hadn’t ended though. Jordan Davies was crudely fouled in the centre of the pitch, leading to an angry melee. Debutant Tyler French was singled out by the referee and shown a red card, so Wrexham had to dig deep to earn a point from a game they deserved to win.

The two preceding seasons saw us record our other two wins on Eastleigh’s patch. Omari Patrick scored two goals in the first half to secure a win in December 2019, and we maintained our position at the top of the table in September 2018 with a 3-1 victory.

Manny Smith struck an early goal before Alex Wynter’s own goal doubled our lead in the 14th minute. We seemed to be in firm control of the game, but oddly the 64th minute dismissal of Andrew Boyce seemed to galvanise The Spitfires. The ten men battled bravely and Paul McCallum pulled a goal back four minutes after the red card, but we secured victory when Mike Fondop scored a fine solo goal.

That made it 4 goals in his first 5 games for Wrexham, and he’d score in our next match too, but would only manage one more, against lower division opposition in the FA Trophy, in the rest of his time at The Racecourse.

With two goals each, Wrexham’s equal top scorers in this fixture are Hyde, Paul Mullin, Sean Newton, Omari Patrick, Kwame Thomas and Wes York.


Liam McAlinden's 50th game for Wrexham.

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Match Reports

REPORT | Eastleigh 0 – 2 Wrexham AFC

Stunning first-half goals earn victory on the road

10 December 2022

Stunning first-half goals from Ben Tozer and Elliot Lee fired Wrexham to victory away to Eastleigh in freezing conditions at the Silverlake Stadium.

Tozer broke the deadlock with a brilliant curled finish, and Lee doubled the advantage in style on the stroke of half-time.

Wrexham had chances to add to their lead after the break too, but ensured they maintained their unbeaten run and returned to winning ways in front of more than 800 travelling supporters - a number that included co-chairman Rob McElhenney.

Phil Parkinson made just one change with the team which drew away to York City last weekend, with goalscorer Tom O’Connor starting ahead of James Jones.

Wrexham started brightly, and with just a minute on the clock Paul Mullin cut inside onto his left foot and curled an effort just wide across goal.

Callum McFadzean was next to try his luck, slicing a left-footed volley over from Ollie Palmer’s knock-down on four minutes; the ball just not dropping for the wing-back.

Anthony Forde then crossed for Luke Young on six minutes, but his header from the edge of the area was saved comfortably by Joe McDonnell.

Young had another sight at goal in the 17th minute, ghosting into the area to receive Forde’s low pass, but his fierce shot was blocked.

Tozer gave Wrexham the lead just a minute later, however, with a stunning finish – curling first time into the top corner after coming in from the left to receive Young’s low pass.

Eastleigh’s frustration showed when captain Osseynou Cisse talked his way into the book on 23 minutes, though the hosts were nearly level shortly afterwards.

JJ McKiernan raced onto a pass in the area, after a fast-paced attack on 25 minutes, and shot early but his left-footed effort clipped the bar and went over.

It was only a slight reprieve for the hosts, however, and Young went close again on 29 minutes – shooting low into the side-netting after running into the area on the right.

Palmer then headed down for Lee in the 33rd minute, who let the ball drop and shot powerfully only for the ball to deflect wide.

With Wrexham playing good football in the freezing conditions, a further three Eastleigh players were booked before half-time for bad fouls – Ryan Hill on Young, Charlie Carter on Lee, and JJ McKiernan on McFadzean.

And the Red Dragons got a deserved second goal on the stroke of half-time – with a finish every bit as impressive as the first, this time from Lee.

The midfielder played a one-two with Aaron Hayden, and curled a 20-yard effort up and over goalkeeper McDonnell – who could only watch as it dipped under the bar and high into the net.

It was nearly three immediately after the break, when Mullin was fouled on the edge of the area, but O’Connor curled his free-kick into the side-netting.

Palmer flicked on for Mullin on 54 minutes, who in turn found Lee, but this time the midfielder curled a low shot wide after running at pace at the defence.

Eastleigh’s response was to introduce Tristan Abrahams and Vincent Harper midway through the half, and Alfie Lloyd with 15 minutes remaining.

But Wrexham continued to push for a third goal – Jordan Tunnicliffe heading wide at the back post on 75 minutes.

Lee then went close to another spectacular goal on 77 minutes, chesting down on the edge of the area and volleying goalwards, only for McDonnell to produce an excellent save.

From the resultant corner, Lee received possession and fizzed a low cross across goal, but Mullin could not turn it at the back post.

Aaron Hayden was next to go close – heading just wide at the back post from Young’s deep corner on 80 minutes.

McFadzean then fed Tozer on 86 minutes, who cut inside and shot low on his right foot, but McDonnell saved at the near post.

Sam Dalby and James Jones were introduced very late on, and Wrexham saw the game out to claim a clean sheet and three points on the road.


Wrexham: Howard, Hayden, Tozer, Tunnicliffe, Forde, Young, O’Connor, McFadzean, Lee (J.Jones 90), Mullin, Palmer (Dalby 87)

Subs not used: Lainton, McAlinden, Mendy

Eastleigh: O’Donnell, Camp, Maghoma, Langston, Kelly, Cisse, McKiernan, Carter (Lloyd 74), Hill (Harper 67), Rutherford (Abrahams 67), Whitehall

Subs not used: Hesketh, Panter

Referee: Sam Mulhall

Attendance: 3,986 (813 away)


Eastleigh: Cisse (23, Dissent), Hill (30, foul), Carter (34, foul), McKiernan (41, foul), Langston (72, foul), Whitehall (88, foul)

Wrexham: Forde (83, foul)

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Ticket News

TICKET NEWS | Eastleigh (A) on sale from 3pm

Wrexham given initial allocation of 700 for match at Silverlake Stadium

14 November 2022

Tickets for our away fixture at Eastleigh on Saturday December 10, will be on sale via our hosts’ online ticketing website from 3pm today (Monday November 14).

The match at Silverlake Stadium kicks off at 3pm, and Wrexham have been allocated an initial 700 tickets for the game.

Tickets are available direct from the Spitfires’ ticket office here, and are priced as follows…

Eastleigh (A) Ticket Prices

Adult: £15
Over-60: £10
Student (17-21): £5
Junior (12-16): £2
Under-11s: Free

Supporters needing accessible and/or companion tickets should contact Wrexham AFC Disability Liaison Officer Kerry Evans, at

Official supporter travel will also be available via our e-ticketing system. Coach tickets will cost £33 for adults and £31 for under-16s.

Please remember supporters under 14 must be accompanied on official buses and alcohol is strictly prohibited by law. Coaches will depart the Racecourse Ground at the Mold Road at 8:00am.

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