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Eastleigh 3-3 AFC Telford United

Eastleigh hit back from two goals down to salvage a draw at home to Conference strugglers AFC Telford United.

The home side were ahead early through Will Evans, but Tony Gray equalised for Telford just before the break.

Two goals in two minutes from Adam Farrell and Sam Smith put United ahead before Jai Reason reduced the arrears.

James Constable levelled from close range, leaving Eastleigh in eighth, but Telford are off the foot of the table for the first time since 13 September.

The Bucks, now eight points adrift of safety, have lost just once in six league matches since Steve Kittrick took charge as their new manager on 22 December.

AFC Telford United manager Steve Kittrick told BBC Radio Shropshire:

"We should have had three points, but a point away from home and to get off the bottom is what we wanted at the start of the day.

"We have a good dressing room now. We wouldn't have had that a few months ago. We came here and stuck at the job, but we looked frightened to go on to win when we went 3-1 up. We shut up shop.

"We could have been 2-0 down. It wasn't until we changed our formation that we played well and everyone has done their bit to get us in a match winning opportunity."

"It's a great feeling to be off the bottom. We'll be looking forward to Dartford next week. It will be good to be at home to have the stadium rocking."

Line-ups

Eastleigh

  • 1Flitney
  • 25TurleySubstituted forSpenceat 36'minutes
  • 3Green
  • 26Partington
  • 10Reason
  • 16Evans
  • 19HowardSubstituted forWalkerat 60'minutes
  • 27Pell
  • 9Constable
  • 12MidsonBooked at 44minsSubstituted forBurtonat 67'minutes
  • 14Strevens

Substitutes

  • 2Spence
  • 8Stanley
  • 11McAllister
  • 28Walker
  • 29Burton

Telford

  • 25Hall
  • 23Disney
  • 4ByrneBooked at 44mins
  • 3McLaughlin
  • 6Grogan
  • 11ClancySubstituted forToddat 81'minutes
  • 20Poku
  • 24Ventre
  • 10Gray
  • 9Farrell
  • 18SmithSubstituted forHancockat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Hedge
  • 14Hancock
  • 19Deacey
  • 21Todd
  • 26Matthews
Referee:
Adam Bromley

Match Stats

Home TeamEastleighAway TeamTelford
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home14
Away6
Shots on Target
Home7
Away4
Corners
Home0
Away0
Fouls
Home7
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Eastleigh 3, AFC Telford United 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Eastleigh 3, AFC Telford United 3.

Offside, AFC Telford United. Neill Byrne tries a through ball, but Neill Byrne is caught offside.

Corner, AFC Telford United.

Corner, AFC Telford United.

Corner, AFC Telford United.

Attempt missed. Joe Partington (Eastleigh) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jai Reason.

Corner, Eastleigh.

Attempt missed. James Constable (Eastleigh) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Michael Green.

Corner, Eastleigh.

Offside, AFC Telford United. Tony Gray tries a through ball, but Tony Gray is caught offside.

Goal!

Goal! Eastleigh 3, AFC Telford United 3. James Constable (Eastleigh) header from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Joe Partington with a headed pass.

Substitution

Substitution, AFC Telford United. Andy Todd replaces Sean Clancy.

Substitution

Substitution, AFC Telford United. Josh Hancock replaces Sam Smith.

Attempt saved. Sean Clancy (AFC Telford United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

Goal!

Goal! Eastleigh 2, AFC Telford United 3. Jai Reason (Eastleigh) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom right corner.

Offside, AFC Telford United. Sam Smith tries a through ball, but Sam Smith is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Eastleigh. Deon Burton replaces Jack Midson.

Offside, AFC Telford United. Sean Clancy tries a through ball, but Sean Clancy is caught offside.

Foul by Jai Reason (Eastleigh).

Adam Farrell (AFC Telford United) wins a free kick.

Corner, Eastleigh.

Substitution

Substitution, Eastleigh. Dan Walker replaces Brian Howard.

Goal!

Goal! Eastleigh 1, AFC Telford United 3. Sam Smith (AFC Telford United) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom left corner.

Offside, AFC Telford United. Sean Clancy tries a through ball, but Sean Clancy is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Joe Partington (Eastleigh) header from the left side of the box is saved.

Goal!

Goal! Eastleigh 1, AFC Telford United 2. Adam Farrell (AFC Telford United) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Tony Gray.

Foul by Sean Clancy (AFC Telford United).

Harry Pell (Eastleigh) wins a free kick.

Attempt missed. Jack Midson (Eastleigh) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Ben Strevens (Eastleigh) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Foul by John Disney (AFC Telford United).

Jack Midson (Eastleigh) wins a free kick.

Second Half

Second Half begins Eastleigh 1, AFC Telford United 1.

Half Time

First Half ends, Eastleigh 1, AFC Telford United 1.

Attempt missed. Sam Smith (AFC Telford United) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left misses to the right. Assisted by Tony Gray.

Corner, AFC Telford United.

Corner, AFC Telford United.

Corner, AFC Telford United.

Corner, AFC Telford United.

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