14 April 2022

Match preview: Eastleigh (A)

  • Men's

Bromley take on Eastleigh at The Silverlake Stadium on Matchday 36 of the National League Season on Friday.

The Opposition 

Eastleigh sit 19th in the National League, picking up 40 points from 37 games.

Their top scorer is Danny Whitehall who has eight goals in all competitions during this campaign.

The South Coast outfit were promoted to the National League in 2014 after finishing first in the National League South. In seven seasons in the National League since promotion, the Spitfires have had two play-off finishes, coming fourth in 2015 and seventh in 2019.

Eastleigh also have a Hampshire Senior Cup to their name, becoming champions in 2012, beating AFC Totton 2-0 in the final.

The Opposition Manager

Lee Bradbury was appointed by Eastleigh on 28th February 2022. In games in charge, Bradbury has won two and lost five.

Previously, he has managed AFC Bournemouth, Havant & Waterlooville and Eastbourne Borough, as well being the assistant head coach at Crawley Town. 

With Bournemouth, he achieved a League One play-off finish, in which the Cherries lost to Huddersfield in the semi-finals. 

In seven years at Havant, the 46-year-old oversaw relegation to the seventh tier, before guiding them to back-to-back promotions in 2017 and 2018 which saw the Hawks play in the National League for the 2018/19 campaign. They were relegated, and Bradbury departed at the end of the season.

The Previous Meeting

Bromley last took on Eastleigh on 30th August at Hayes Lane, with the Ravens running out 3-0 winners.

Goals from James Alabi, Corey Whitely and Michael Cheek secured Bromley’s first win of the National League Campaign.

Familiar Face

Eastleigh goalkeeper Ross Flitney played for Bromley during the 16/17 season, keeping three clean sheets in 13 matches.

Written by Harrison Eve

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