The EDS Spitfires dominate Southend at Ganger Farm with strikes from Manton, Gallagher, Rogers and Turner sealing the win.

The game got off to a flying start with Cameron Manton putting the young Spitfires ahead in just the sixth minute.

Archie Gallagher turned the ball in at the back post in the 24th minute to extend the lead before Nathan Rogers scored an absolute beauty in the 38th minute to put the young Spitfires three goals to the good.

Gallagher then scored his second of the afternoon on the stroke of half-time to make it four.

Southend pulled two back before Rogers and Turner cancelled their goals out to seal an excellent win for the young Spitfires.

The first chance the young Spitfires had was one that they would not waste, Bailey Honeysett won the ball and drove with it before sliding it through to Manton who calmly slotted the ball past the Southend ‘keeper to give the young Spitfires an early lead.

Over the next 10 minutes or so the young Spitfires dominated play and created several chances, coming close to doubling their lead several times.

Southend then had a couple of chances, the first coming in the 17th minute when one of their attackers got in behind the young Spitfires defence but when he got his shot off he could only blast it straight at Dylan John.

They had another go just a minute later from the edge of the box but their attacker scuffed his shot meaning that John could collect his effort with ease.

Honeysett blasted a shot towards goal from range in the 22nd minute but it fizzed just wide of the post.

The young Spitfires bagged their second goal of the afternoon in the 24th minute, Liam Webber glanced a header across the face of goal that was turned in by Gallagher at the back post.

The next chance of the game came in the 34th minute when a Southend attacker powered the ball just inches over the crossbar.

Rogers added a third for the young Spitfires in the 38th minute, he won the ball back before driving towards goal and cannoning it into the back of the net.

Honeysett came close to adding another in the 44th minute when he struck the ball towards goal only to see his effort dealt with well by the Southend ‘keeper.

Gallagher then went on to score his second of the afternoon on the stroke of half-time when he headed home from a corner to leave the young Spitfires sitting pretty going into the half.

Southend made multiple changes at half-time and it showed, they pulled a goal back just minutes after the restart when one of their attackers hit the ball home via the left post.

Southend then went on to score a second in the 64th minute when one of their attackers rounded John before placing the ball into an empty net.

Reggie Hodan had a go in the 67th minute from inside the box but he fired his shot over the bar.

Leo Downing came close to scoring just moments after he entered the game when he bent a free kick towards goal that curled just wide of the post in the 71st minute.

Rogers scored the young Spitfires fifth of the afternoon in the 78th minute with another insane strike, he blasted the ball into the top left corner of the goal to put the young Spitfires three goals to the good.

Turner made an impact when he came off the bench, he placed the ball home from close range following a corner to score the young Spitfires sixth of the afternoon.

This ended up being the final chance of the game as the young Spitfires went on to seal an impressive win.

Report by Matthew Gibbs

Eastleigh: John (GK), Gallagher, Bagan (C), Honeysett, Webber, Williams, Rogers, Hodan, Gee, Quarchioni, Manton

Subs: Turner, Plunkett, Finnigan, Chavez-Munoz, Downing