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Match Preview: Eastleigh

8 March 2019

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The Spireites will be aiming to make it consecutive league victories when they face Eastleigh at the Proact on Saturday, kick-off 3pm. Here is our big match preview for the game….


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Team News

During Thursday’s pre-match press conference John Sheridan stated that there are no fresh injury concerns going into Saturday’s fixture, but admitted that Alex Kiwomya is a doubt.

“We’ll assess him to see how he is as we’ve got to be very careful with the hamstring injury,” said the boss.

“He possibly won’t be ready for the weekend but I’m hoping he is available next week.”

The Manager – Ben Strevens

Strevens began his playing career at Wingate & Finchley, and in the 1998-99 season helped them to promotion from the Isthmian League Division Three, scoring an impressive 28 league goals.

He was then signed by Barnet, before being loaned out early on in his spell at ‘The Bees’ to Slough Town and St Albans City.

The forward made 41 appearances during the 2004/05 season and became the club’s longest serving player. However, Strevens left at the end of that season having notched 42 career goals for the club.

He then had a short spell at Crawley Town, before having a more successful period with Dagenham and Redbridge. Strevens was part of the Dagenham and Redbridge side that won promotion to League Two in the 2006/07 season.

The forward was part of another promotion just a few years later, this time with Wycombe Wanderers. He helped them to promotion to League One in 2011, only for them to be relegated back to League Two the next season.

Strevens was signed by Gillingham in 2012. They won the League Two title in Strevens’ only season at the club, with a move back to Dagenham and Redbridge being his next port of call.

His spell back at ‘The Daggers’ was a short one and he was signed by Eastleigh only five months later. The forward played an integral part in the club getting promoted to the National League in 2014 and began his coaching career not long after.

Near the end of the 2015/16 season, Strevens took up the role of player/assistant manager and was caretaker manager for Eastleigh’s game against Wrexham after Chris Todd left the club.

Strevens left Eastleigh in 2017 to join up with his former manager Richard Hill at Whitehawk. Hill was appointed as a scout for Aston Villa, and Strevens was appointed temporary player/joint manager.

After Andy Hessenthaler was sacked by Eastleigh in October, Strevens returned to the club to take charge as caretaker manager. After impressing the club, he was given the job permanently and has guided the club into eighth place currently in the National League.

One to Watch - Paul McCallum

McCallum began his career at Dulwich Hamlet, where he progressed from the youth sides and into the senior team. He caught the eye at the club with his goalscoring talents and interested a number of sides from the Premier League and the Football League.

West Ham were the club to sign him, and the forward put pen to paper on a four-year deal with ‘The Hammers’ in 2011.

He failed to make a senior appearance for West Ham but impressed during loan spells at Aldershot, Torquay and Wimbledon.

McCallum made a permanent move away from West Ham when he signed for Leyton Orient in 2015. He went onto score 15 goals in just over 40 appearances for the club, before moving to current club Eastleigh in 2017.

The forward has been in good goalscoring form this season, scoring 21 goals so far. McCallum certainly knows how to find the back of the net, so the Spireites defence will have to be aware of the forward during Saturday’s National League clash.

Head to head

Saturday’s game will be the second time the two sides have come up against each other. Their first meeting earlier this season ended in a draw when a Jordan Hallam strike cancelled out Alex Wynter’s early goal.

From the dugout

John Sheridan: “Eastleigh are going really well, they’re a good team. I had a look at their squad and they’ve got a good, experienced team.

“They’re going well and will believe they can make the play-offs. They have some good players for this level of football.”


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