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EASTLEIGH PREVIEW

Posted: Mon 20 Mar 2017
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United at home and under the floodlights on Tuesday night (kick-off 7:45pm)

UNITED head into Tuesday night’s match on the back of two results that could signal a turnaround in their season.

A 2-1 win against Southport was followed by a 0-0 draw against Tranmere at Plainmoor. The work-rate and intensity shown by the team has impressed player-manager Kevin Nicholson, and he’ll be after more of the same when Eastleigh come to town on Tuesday night.

“The work-rate the lads have put in over the last two games shows me that they realize [what is required],” said Nicholson.

“For me, it’s about us looking after ourselves. It’s about that group in that changing room, regardless of the criticism they get, regardless of the finger pointing and all the stuff that goes off if you’re having a bad game, or social media, or the press etc. It’s just about making sure you’ve got each other’s backs and in the last two games they’ve really shown me that that’s what they are all about."

Night-time matches always add a touch of drama to the occasion, and the manager is no different to many other fans that appreciate a match under the floodlights.

“The slow build during the day, the anticipation of what is coming. Then you turn up, the grass always looks greener, the lights are on and the grass has a little bit of due on it. The pitch always plays well on a night game.

“The atmosphere that the fans bring, I think a lot of people agree [that matches under the floodlights are special]. There is something nice about it, but there is always something nice if you are winning.”

Eastleigh manager Richard Hill is the Spitfires’ 4th manager of the season after the departure of Chris Todd, Ronnie Moore, and Martin Allen.

“They’re disappointed I’m sure with where they are [in the table] because of all of the money they have spent at the beginning of the season,” Nicholson added.

“They have had their managerial issues, and they have obviously got someone in that knows the club well in [Richard] Hill. He’ll be looking to set the foundations ready for next year, although they need to be careful because they are not out of it themselves yet.”

Eastleigh come into Tuesday’s match on the back of two wins in a row having beaten Barrow (2-0) and Chester (1-0).

The Spitfires have bolstered their squad by resigning defender Paul Reid and striker Matt Tubbs. The pair rejoined the club at the end of March after spells with Whitehawke and Sutton United respectively.

Torquay United Vs Eastleigh FC | 21/03/17 | 7:45pm

Torquay United

Plainmoor

Torquay

TQ1 3PS

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BRISTOW'S BENCH (+ away seating)

£19 (Adults)

£15 (Concessions - Over 65s & NUS Card Holders)

£7 (Under 18s)

FREE (under-7s with a full paying adult)

FAMILY STAND

£17 (Adults)

£14 (Concessions - Over 65s & NUS Card Holders)

£7 (Under 18s)

£40 (Family Ticket - 2 Adults & 2 U18s, must be purchased in advance of match day)

FREE (under-7s with a full paying adult)

POPSIDE (+ away standing)

£15 (Adults)

£12 (Concessions - Over 65s & NUS Card Holders)

£7 (Under 18s)

FREE (under-7s with a full paying adult)