Match preview: Eastleigh (h)

The Spireites are in action at the Technique Stadium tonight against Eastleigh. James Rowe will be hoping to pick up another three points at home, using the momentum from Saturday’s win to overcome the Spitfires.

Here’s all you need to know…

Date: October 26, 2021

Kick-off: 7:45pm

Competition: National League

Opponents: Eastleigh FC 

Where: Technique Stadium


Purchase your tickets online here:

Mobile tickets are now available. Please click on the ‘play’ button below to watch a video showing how to use the mobile tickets:

A Covid Secure Area is also available for this fixture, if you are purchasing a ticket in this area, you will be placed in a socially distanced seat, face masks will be compulsory (unless exempt) and there will be a one-way system throughout the area. If you would like to purchase a ticket(s) in this area, please book your seats in blocks 1 and 2 in the Karen Child Community (East) Stand. 

Tickets will be available online and in person right up until kick-off from the Club Superstore and the ticket windows. They can also be purchased over the phone – 01246269300.

Away tickets can be purchased here: (BLOCK N3) 

Live radio commentary

Our radio station, 1866 Sport, will provide commentary of all our National League games over the 2021/22 season. Supporters will be able to listen to full match commentary on the game, as well as pre-match/post-match analysis. 

Don’t forget that 1866 Sport is on air 24-hours a day, seven days a week! 

You can download the app from the Apple Store here:

If you’re an Android user, you can download the app here:

Alternatively, you can listen online here:          

It is also available via Alexa.

Commentary is provided by Phil Tooley. It is sponsored by iDeal Flooring – check out their website here:

Social media

Our official Twitter page ( will provide regular updates on the match. It is also the place to find our exclusive goal GIFs, which are used when a player scores a goal. 

Key news will also be posted on our Facebook page, which can be found here:

Our official Instagram page will keep you posted with key moments and content throughout the day on our stories:

The post-match interview with manager James Rowe will be posted to our YouTube Channel soon after the game is finished:

Highlights of the game will also be posted to our YouTube Channel. 

Jak McCourt and Calvin Miller picked up knocks on Saturday and could be a doubt for this fixture, but both players will be hoping they can play their part in some way.

Kabongo Tshimanga and Danny Rowe look set to continue in attack after getting themselves on the scoresheet against Boreham Wood.

Nathan Tyson didn’t feature in Saturday’s squad and the striker will be hopeful he can earn his place on the bench. 

Fact file

Name: Eastleigh FC

Nicknames: The Spitfires 

Founded: 1946

Stadium: Silverlake Stadium 

Address: Stoneham Lane, Chilworth, Eastleigh, England, SO50 9NW

Capacity: 5,192

Manager: Ben Strevens 

On Eastleigh

The club have spent several years floating around the top end of the non-league pyramid. They have dreams of being promoted to the Football League. They also have a familiar face in their side, as former Spireite Tom Whelan looks set to start for the Spitfires.

Eastleigh were without an official nickname until 2005 when a competition was run amongst the fans and “Spitfires” was chosen by supporter Mike Wimbridge. The Spitfire aeroplane was built in Southampton and first flown from Eastleigh Aerodrome, now Southampton Airport.

This season Eastleigh will be hoping they can finally gain promotion from the National League.

One to watch

Tom Whelan is an attacking midfielder that the Spireites know plenty about. The former Blue has scored two goals this term and will be looking to add to his tally tonight.

The Spireites’ last three: (W/W/W)

Won – Southend 0-4 Chesterfield – National League

Won – Curzon Ashton 0-4 Chesterfield – National League

Won – Chesterfield 1-2 Boreham Wood – National League

The Spitfires’ last three: (D/W/W)

Drew – Eastleigh 3-3 Folkestone – FA Cup

Won – Folkestone 2-3 Eastleigh – FA Cup 

Won – Eastleigh 2-1 Altrincham – National League 

The last time the Spireites faced the Spitfires, the Blues came away with a one-nil victory.