Eastleigh make a trip to Hertfordshire to face fellow National League opposition Boreham Wood at Meadow Park in the First Round Proper of the FA Cup on Saturday 5th November with a 3pm kick-off.  

Boreham Wood: 

Boreham Wood enter the first-round proper after a thrilling 5-3 victory at home to Wealdstone in the fourth qualifying round of the competition. However, they have since gone three matches without a win in the Vanarama National League. 

The Wood defeated the Spitfires 2-0 at the exact same stage of the competition last season which will breed confidence but a run of poor form in the league and just one win in their last five matches means that just two points and two places separate the two sides in the league. 

Boreham Wood’s top goal scorer this season Lee Ndlovu was an unused substitute in the previous round against Wealdstone. However, is expected to lead the line and try to add to his tally of five goals this campaign as the Wood look to turn their form around and progress in a competition in which they reached the fifth round last season. 

Eastleigh FC: 

Meanwhile, Eastleigh enter the first-round proper thanks to a brilliant second-half turnaround against Dorking Wanderers eventually coming out 3-1 winners at the Meadowbank.

The Spitfires enter the match in contrasting form to their opponents having lost just twice in their last nine matches in all competitions. This run has propelled Eastleigh to within just two points of the play-off spots in the Vanarama National League. 

Last time out Vincent Harper marked his return from injury with a game-winning contribution off the bench, scoring twice to defeat Scunthorpe 2-0 at the Silverlake Stadium. 

Club top goal scorer Danny Whitehall has already gotten off the mark in the FA Cup this season scoring in the comeback against Dorking and will be looking to add to his current tally of six goals this season in order to help the Spitfires progress beyond the first round for the first time in five years. 

Previous Meetings:  

Despite Boreham Wood going unbeaten against Eastleigh in all three of their fixtures last season, the Spitfires just about edge the head-to-head record between the two sides. The pair have met 23 times previously, with the Wood winning eight times, Eastleigh winning nine times and the spoils being shared the remaining six times. 

Last Five Meetings: 

26/02/22: Boreham Wood 1-0 Eastleigh 

06/11/2021: Boreham Wood 2-0 Eastleigh 

02/10/2021: Eastleigh 1-1 Boreham Wood 

22/05/2021: Eastleigh 1-0 Boreham Wood 

30/01/2021: Boreham Wood 1-2 Eastleigh 

Preview by Sajidur Rahman