Eastleigh gained their second win of the season with a 1-0 away win to York City courtesy of a JJ McKiernan header just before half time.

Lee Bradbury made one change from the Spitfires’ last outing as Aaron Martin replaced George Langston in defence. 

Eastleigh started the brighter and nearly opened the scoring six minutes in when Corey Panter whipped in a corner that Tristan Abrahams’ powerful header was blocked by a York shirt.

The home side had their first dangerous effort on goal just within 25 minutes played as Olly Dyson drove an effort just wide of the target.

A great counter attack presented itself as Ryan Hill intercepted the ball in his own penalty area and darted towards the York defence but the Spitfires were unable to capitalise.

The Minstermen grew into the contest, but Joe McDonnell was equal to every delivery entering his penalty area.

McKiernan made a great run into the box just after the half hour mark, but his cut back found a York defender and was put behind.

From the resulting corner, Charlie Carter rose the highest and found Camp with a headed effort but his snap shot was parried away by Ross.

The Hampshire side piled on the pressure and took a deserved lead in the 43rd minute. Another set-piece was crossed into the 18 yard box where McKiernan thumped his header past the helpless York keeper to claim his first goal of the season.

The home side thought they had snuck an equaliser moments before the interval as the ball was bundled into the back of the net but Joe McDonnell was impeded in the process and a free-kick was given.

Callum Ebanks replaced Abrahams due to an injury as the new signing made his Eastleigh debut on the stroke of the half.

Bradbury made his second change 70 minutes in as John Oyenuga replaced Jake Hesketh, who had covered every blade of grass in the LNER Community Stadium.

Carter played a great through ball to slip Ebanks in behind the defence but Ross stood tall to his powerful, driven shot from an acute angle.

In the dying moments of the game Ryan Fallowfield found himself free from a corner and placed his header inches wide of the post in York City’s best chance of the match as Eastleigh denied the home side to only a handful of chances.

The Spitfires saw the game out in a professional manner, setting up jubilant celebrations for the travelling supporters to take with them back to Hampshire.

Eastleigh Line-up: McDonnell, Camp, Martin, Panter, Harper, Cissé, Carter, Hesketh (Oyenuga), McKiernan, Hill, Abrahams (Ebanks)

Subs: Langston, Rutherford, Atangana

Report by Jack Bunclark