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Eastleigh 4-1 Dover Athletic

Harry Pritchard grabbed a birthday goal to help Eastleigh claim a first win of the National League season with a 4-1 thrashing of Dover.

The Spitfires had the points wrapped up at half-time after treating the home fans to four goals in the opening 45 minutes.

Ryan Hill made the breakthrough midway through the first period and inside 60 seconds Pritchard, celebrating his 29th birthday, had doubled the hosts' advantage with a fine header to make it 2-0 after 21 minutes.

Ex-Reading forward Ben House continued his fine form with a close-range finish to make it three goals in as many games before Josh Hare, who set up Pritchard's effort, got on the scoresheet in stoppage-time to conclude a memorable first half for Ben Strevens' men.

Dover did pull one back through Aaron Cosgrave but remain winless and bottom after being deducted 12 points before the campaign having failed to fulfil their fixtures in the 2020-21 season while Eastleigh are now unbeaten in three games.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Eastleigh

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1McDonnell
  • 2Hare
  • 6Boyce
  • 20Whelan
  • 3Kelly
  • 16Low
  • 26HarperSubstituted forSmartat 79'minutes
  • 4Miley
  • 8Pritchard
  • 18HouseSubstituted forHeskethat 88'minutes
  • 11HillSubstituted forWhitehallat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Smart
  • 12Hesketh
  • 13Flitney
  • 17Whitehall
  • 25Maghoma

Dover

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Bexon
  • 3Wood
  • 4Bramble
  • 11CosgraveSubstituted forCarneyat 68'minutes
  • 9MillerSubstituted forRansomat 46'minutes
  • 6GoodmanBooked at 48minsSubstituted forCatonat 57'minutes
  • 10Williamson
  • 15Ofori-TwumasiBooked at 76mins
  • 18Woods
  • 22Arthur
  • 23Collinge

Substitutes

  • 7Da Costa
  • 8Caton
  • 16Ransom
  • 19Carney
  • 20Parkes
Referee:
Matthew Russell
Attendance:
1,745

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Eastleigh 4, Dover Athletic 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Eastleigh 4, Dover Athletic 1.

  3. Substitution

    Substitution, Eastleigh. Jake Hesketh replaces Ben House.

  4. Substitution

    Substitution, Eastleigh. Sam Smart replaces Vincent Harper.

  5. Booking

    Seth Nana Ofori-Twumasi (Dover Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Dover Athletic. Noah Carney replaces Aaron Cosgrave.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Eastleigh. Daniel Whitehall replaces Ryan Hill.

  8. Goal!

    Goal! Eastleigh 4, Dover Athletic 1. Aaron Cosgrave (Dover Athletic).

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Dover Athletic. James Caton replaces Jake Goodman.

  10. Booking

    Jake Goodman (Dover Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Dover Athletic. Harry Ransom replaces Ricky Miller.

  12. Second Half

    Second Half begins Eastleigh 4, Dover Athletic 0.

  13. Half Time

    First Half ends, Eastleigh 4, Dover Athletic 0.

  14. Goal!

    Goal! Eastleigh 4, Dover Athletic 0. Josh Hare (Eastleigh).

  15. Goal!

    Goal! Eastleigh 3, Dover Athletic 0. Ben House (Eastleigh).

  16. Goal!

    Goal! Eastleigh 2, Dover Athletic 0. Harry Pritchard (Eastleigh).

  17. Goal!

    Goal! Eastleigh 1, Dover Athletic 0. Ryan Hill (Eastleigh).

  18. Kick Off

    First Half begins.

  19. Post update

    Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Dag & Red6510178916
2Chesterfield6420124814
3Boreham Wood642094514
4Grimsby5410115613
5Notts County6330147712
6Halifax6312118310
7Yeovil43017349
8Wrexham62319819
9Solihull Moors522110918
10Stockport622246-28
11Weymouth62131012-27
12Woking42028536
13Altrincham42026606
14Maidenhead United5203810-26
15Eastleigh5122810-25
16Southend612369-35
17Wealdstone612369-35
18Bromley41129904
19King's Lynn511369-34
20Torquay6114816-84
21Aldershot6105712-53
22Barnet6024717-102
23Dover5014310-7-11
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