The Spitfires took all three points from a long trip to Fylde after goals from Jake Taylor and Paul McCallum were enough to earn all three points.

Luke Conlan had the first chance of the game and it came via a 20-yard strike less than a minute in. Fortunately for the visitors, it flew narrowly wide of the post.

Joe McDonnell was forced into action for the first time just shy of the ten-minute mark when Josh Kay let fly from just inside the box. The Spitfires’ shot-stopper got down well to deny him.

Despite the two early chances for Fylde, it was the Spitfires who drew first blood in the 17th minute.

A deep free-kick from Trent Rendall was held up by Scott Quigley who played the ball across the face of goal where Jake Taylor was on hand to tap home.

Jake Taylor celebrates with Paul McCallum after the opener. Photo by Graham Scambler.

A few minutes later and Paul McCallum was putting in his defensive duties. Danny Philliskirk deployed a powerful header that was cleared off the line by the Eastleigh attacker.

In the 36th minute, the Coaster’s skipper was given his marching order after he hit out at Trent Rendall off-the-ball. Alex Whitmore was shown a red card and the hosts were down to ten-men.

Less than ten minutes later, McCallum was once again on the line clearing away a header from AFC Fylde to deny the hosts an equaliser.

Carter had the final chance of the half when he was stopped from close-range by Richardson who kept out the shot.

The Spitfires went into the break both a goal up and a man up.

The first change of the game for the Spitfires happened at the break when Ryan Clampin was replaced by Oscar Rutherford.

Four minutes into the second period, Joe McDonnell produced a remarkable reaction save to deny Haughton’s deflected shot from finding the back of the net.

Moments later, the Spitfires doubled their lead. It was Quigley who took the ball into the box before his shot was blocked right into the path of McCallum who poked home.

Paul McCallum fires in the second goal. Photo by Graham Scambler.

The Spitfires were cruising with a two-goal cushion and a one-man advantage.

Two brilliant saves from McDonnell in the space of five minutes helped to protect the lead.

The first was a diving save to parry the shot away from danger.

The second was even more impressive when he pounced into the air to tip Philliskirk’s shot over the bar moments after the referee waved appeals away for a penalty.

Just after the hour mark, Charlie Carter almost finished off a blistering counter-attack in the perfect fashion but his effort was just wide and instead, rattled the side-netting.

In the 77th minute, a dangerous cross was put into the Spitfires’ box before Trent Rendall’s outstretched leg meant the ball ricocheted into the back of the net to pull one back for the Coasters.

There were six minutes of injury time that the Spitfires held on well for with the help of an outstanding McDonnell who got down well and got just enough on Whitehead’s shot to prevent a late equaliser.

The Spitfires took all three points from their long trip to Lancashire ahead of their next fixture against Oxford City.

Eastleigh: McDonnell (GK), Clampin, Francillette, Carter, Taylor (C), McCallum, Boldewijn, Langston, Rendall, Maguire, Quigley

Subs: Scott, Atangana, Barlow, Nwabuokei, Rutherford

AFC Fylde: Richardson (GK), Gordon, Conlan, Obi, Whitmore (C), Philliskirk, Charman, Haughton, Kay, Whitehead, Ligendza

Subs: Barrett, Glynn, O’Kane, Ustabasi, Omotayo