Eastleigh vs Maidstone by Luke
Easteleigh comes from a very interesting game last weekend, as the team stood undefeated away from home following a 3:3 draw away from home against Woking. However, they were slight favorites on the paper and have to be disappointed with how the things went, since the team had the double lead at the halftime and looked like winning the match till the last phase.
They took the lead in seventh minute via Coulson, but got leveled up in 23rd minute with a goal from Tubbs. However, the team managed to get back into the lead six minutes later with a goal from Dugdale and even double up the lead in 45th minute thanks to a goal from Partington. They looked solid in the defense, but let lack of concentration ruin everything for them as the hosts managed to stay alive with a goal from Sam-Yorke in 60th and finally get a point thanks to a goal from Kandi in 79th minute.
Still, it was their ninth match in a row without a defeat, as the team continues just below the play-off zone being two points behind Aldershot and in a need of a victory here. Home side will be playing here without two important defenders, Jake Howells (12/1) and Ryan Cresswell (12/1).
Maidstone, on the other side, comes from a really big and disappointing surprise last weekend as the team welcomed Solhull and stood defeated 2:4 despite being quite a favorites before the game. They even took the lead in 20th minute with a goal from Enver-Marum, but the things got much worse from that moment on.
From 26th till 38th minute they conceded three goals (via Sterling-James, and two from Asante, one from penalty kick), being able to respond towards the end of the halftime with a goal from Sweeney. They were more dominant in the second halftime, but again conceded a goal, in 64th minute third from Asante, while the hosts continued being better and more aggressive, but without changing the result furthermore.
This was first defeated after a victory and a draw, as the team remained in the second part of the table, currently with eighteen points, which is eight points more than red zone placed North Ferriby and seven less than play-off placed Aldershot. Away from home they are undefeated in last three matches and the team will surely be looking for another positive result.
Visiting side will be playing without top goalscorer, midfielder Alex Flisher (12/4) most likely since he remains iffy for this match, with also defender Anthony Acheampong (9/1) being doubtful. They can't count at defender Callum Driver (2/0) and midfielder Joe Healy (who didn't perform so far, but was their top goalscorer in previous season and one of the best performers overall).
Goals and quite open game is what I expect from this match. Easteleigh remains favorite, but Maidstone must respond here with better performance and is very dangerous on the road and I have no doubts that the visitors will score here as well. Thier defense however is not reliable at all and the players of Easteleigh could easily also score more than couple.