Match ends, Eastleigh 2, Braintree Town 1.
Eastleigh 2-1 Braintree Town
Paul McCallum did the damage with two early goals as Eastleigh held on to win at home to basement club Braintree despite being reduced to 10 men.
It was the Hampshire side's fourth win in a row as they moved up to eighth in the table and they took the lead in the 14th minute through the striker's firm header from Mark Yeates' corner.
When McCallum added his second from another Yeates inswinger three minutes later, it looked all over and there cause was aided when home goalkeeper Luke Southwood saved Callum Morton's penalty.
However, they ended up having to survive a Braintree revival as Cameron James volleyed in Ricky Gabriel's pass just before the break.
Eastleigh substitute Cavanagh Miley was sent off for two bookable offences in quick succession but the home team held on to claim maximum points.
Match report supplied by the Press Association.
- 14BoyceBooked at 77mins
- 5JohnsonSubstituted forMileyat 8'minutesBooked at 62mins
- 22JonesBooked at 31mins
- 10YeatesBooked at 31mins
- 9McCallumSubstituted forMcKnightat 46'minutes
- 19HollandsBooked at 45minsSubstituted forBearwishat 71'minutes
- 10RichardsSubstituted forAllenat 79'minutes
- 26GabrielSubstituted forDella Verdeat 89'minutes
- 24MortonBooked at 82mins
- 35AllenSubstituted forBorgat 79'minutes
- 14Della Verde
- Sam Allison
Second Half ends, Eastleigh 2, Braintree Town 1.
Substitution, Braintree Town. Lyle Della Verde replaces Ricky Gabriel.
Callum Morton (Braintree Town) is shown the yellow card.
Substitution, Braintree Town. Luke Allen replaces Courtney Richards.
Substitution, Braintree Town. Oscar Borg replaces Iffy Allen.
Andrew Boyce (Eastleigh) is shown the yellow card.
Substitution, Eastleigh. Tom Bearwish replaces Danny Hollands.
Second yellow card to Cavanagh Miley (Eastleigh) for a bad foul.
Cavanagh Miley (Eastleigh) is shown the yellow card.
Danny Hollands (Eastleigh) is shown the yellow card.
Second Half begins Eastleigh 2, Braintree Town 1.
First Half ends, Eastleigh 2, Braintree Town 1.
Substitution, Eastleigh. Jack McKnight replaces Paul McCallum.
Goal! Eastleigh 2, Braintree Town 1. Cameron James (Braintree Town).
Mark Yeates (Eastleigh) is shown the yellow card.
Joey Jones (Eastleigh) is shown the yellow card.
Goal! Eastleigh 2, Braintree Town 0. Paul McCallum (Eastleigh).
Goal! Eastleigh 1, Braintree Town 0. Paul McCallum (Eastleigh).
Substitution, Eastleigh. Cavanagh Miley replaces Reda Johnson.
First Half begins.
Lineups are announced and players are warming up.