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Eastleigh 2-1 Kidderminster Harriers

James Constable
James Constable's 19th goal of the season secured Eastleigh a place in the Conference play-offs

Eastleigh sealed a Conference play-off spot in their first season in the division by beating Kidderminster.

The visitors took the lead in the first minute of the game when Danny Wright fired in from 25 yards out.

Craig Stanley slotted home from Jai Reason's left-wing cross to draw the Spitfires level after the break.

James Constable missed two chances to put Eastleigh ahead, but he made amends by tapping in after Will Evans's powerful effort rebounded off the post.

Eastleigh will now play Grimsby in the play-off semi-finals.

Spitfires manager Richard Hill told BBC Radio Solent:

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Hill on Eastleigh v Kidderminster

"It feels good, we've been hanging on in there all season.

"It's my job now to make sure the players don't think the job's done. We need to go and try to win the two legs."

Hill on the Grimsby game: "It's a tough one for us. They've beaten us twice already this season but we're there on merit and we've done it our way."

Line-ups

Eastleigh

  • 1Flitney
  • 2Spence
  • 26Partington
  • 16Evans
  • 12Midson
  • 25Turley
  • 8StanleySubstituted forHowardat 72'minutes
  • 14Strevens
  • 10Reason
  • 9ConstableSubstituted forWalkerat 90+2'minutes
  • 11McAllisterSubstituted forBurtonat 86'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Beckwith
  • 19Howard
  • 27Pell
  • 28Walker
  • 29Burton

Kidderminster

  • 1Lewis
  • 16O'Keefe
  • 2HodgkissSubstituted forGreenat 32'minutesBooked at 56mins
  • 15Grimes
  • 7Byrne
  • 35HughesSubstituted forObengat 59'minutes
  • 24MaxwellSubstituted forKellyat 62'minutes
  • 18Gittings
  • 28Nicholson
  • 9Wright
  • 25Tunnicliffe

Substitutes

  • 3Green
  • 5Kelly
  • 6Digie
  • 10Reid
  • 14Obeng
Referee:
Lee Swabey
Attendance:
4,024

Match Stats

Home TeamEastleighAway TeamKidderminster
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home13
Away4
Shots on Target
Home6
Away4
Corners
Home11
Away11
Fouls
Home5
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Eastleigh 2, Kidderminster Harriers 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Eastleigh 2, Kidderminster Harriers 1.

Attempt missed. Dan Walker (Eastleigh) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Eastleigh. Dan Walker replaces James Constable because of an injury.

Foul by Deon Burton (Eastleigh).

Jordan Tunnicliffe (Kidderminster Harriers) wins a free kick.

Attempt saved. Daniel Spence (Eastleigh) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Eastleigh. Deon Burton replaces Craig McAllister.

Corner, Eastleigh.

Foul by Daniel Wright (Kidderminster Harriers).

James Constable (Eastleigh) wins a free kick.

Corner, Kidderminster Harriers.

Foul by Brian Howard (Eastleigh).

Callum Gittings (Kidderminster Harriers) wins a free kick.

Offside, Kidderminster Harriers. Ahmed Obeng tries a through ball, but Ahmed Obeng is caught offside.

Attempt missed. James Constable (Eastleigh) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Goal!

Goal! Eastleigh 2, Kidderminster Harriers 1. James Constable (Eastleigh) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jai Reason.

Foul by Kevin Nicholson (Kidderminster Harriers).

Jack Midson (Eastleigh) wins a free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Eastleigh. Brian Howard replaces Craig Stanley.

Offside, Kidderminster Harriers. Ahmed Obeng tries a through ball, but Ahmed Obeng is caught offside.

Attempt missed. James Constable (Eastleigh) header from a difficult angle on the left misses to the left. Assisted by Jai Reason.

Corner, Eastleigh.

Attempt missed. James Constable (Eastleigh) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left.

Corner, Kidderminster Harriers.

Substitution

Substitution, Kidderminster Harriers. Nathaniel Kelly replaces Luke Maxwell.

Substitution

Substitution, Kidderminster Harriers. Ahmed Obeng replaces Lee Hughes.

Foul by Jack Byrne (Kidderminster Harriers).

James Constable (Eastleigh) wins a free kick.

Booking

Jake Green (Kidderminster Harriers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Jake Green (Kidderminster Harriers).

Jack Midson (Eastleigh) wins a free kick.

Goal!

Goal! Eastleigh 1, Kidderminster Harriers 1. Craig Stanley (Eastleigh) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jai Reason with a cross.

Corner, Eastleigh.

Attempt saved. James Constable (Eastleigh) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved.

Attempt saved. Daniel Wright (Kidderminster Harriers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved.

Offside, Kidderminster Harriers. Callum Gittings tries a through ball, but Callum Gittings is caught offside.

Offside, Eastleigh. Ben Strevens tries a through ball, but Ben Strevens is caught offside.

Corner, Eastleigh.

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