Despite a late goal from Academy product, Malachi Dotse, the Spitfires are forced to settle for a draw against Boreham Wood at Meadow Park.

First half strikes from Jake Taylor and Enzio Boldewijn saw the Spitfires sitting two goals to the good at the half.

The Wood scored three goals early on in the second half to put them in the lead.

Paul McCallum brought it back level before Dotse found the back of the net in the 89th minute to give the Spitfires back the lead.

Sousa then went on to score a penalty at the death, meaning the points would have to be shared.

The first chance of the game came just two minutes in, Chris Maguire ran towards the Boreham Wood goal and struck the ball towards the bottom right corner only to see his effort dealt with by Ashmore.

The visitors then responded with a chance of their own, Kwesi Appiah got onto the end of a cross and headed the ball straight into the hands of Joe McDonnell.

Rutherford squared the ball to Paul McCallum in the 15th minute, McCallum was forced to wrestle his way round Jack Payne in order to get his shot off that ended up going wide of the post.

Maguire and Taylor combined for a beautiful goal in the 26th minute.

Maguire looped the ball over the Boreham Wood defence and into the path of Taylor who didn’t need to take a touch before dinking Ashmore to put the Spitfires ahead.

Taylor wheels away in celebration after opening the scoring. Photo by Graham Scambler.

Ludwig Francillette attempted to extend the Spitfires’ lead with a shot from range in the 37th minute but he saw his effort go wide of the target.

The Spitfires doubled their lead on the stroke of half-time, Boldewijn smoothly slotted the ball into the bottom right corner, grabbing his fourth goal of the season in the process.

Boldewijn celebrates his goal with Rutherford. Photo by Graham Scambler.

The Wood came out for the second half with clear intent of responding.

They did just that as Sousa pulled one back for them just three minutes into the half.

Robinson then went on to bring the hosts level six minutes later with a strike from range.

The Wood then won a penalty in the 57th minute which was taken by Tyrone Marsh.

He struck the ball towards the left of the goal, but his shot was read by McDonnell as he excellently saved Marsh’s attempt.

Robinson put the hosts into the lead in the 66th minute.

McCallum levelled it up again in the 72nd minute after being found by Ludwig Francillette in the box.

He swivelled past his defender before firing the ball into the bottom right corner.

Maguire came close to regaining the lead for the Spitfires with a strike from outside the box, Ashmore matched his effort with a fine save.

Dotse fired the Spitfires into the lead after the ball ricocheted it’s way into his path right into the 89th minute, scoring his first senior goal for the Spitfires in the process.

Dotse celebrates as he gives the Spitfires a late lead. Photo by Graham Scambler.

The Wood earned a second penalty win the dying moments that was converted by Erico Sousa to leave the score level at full-time.

Boreham Wood: Ashmore (GK), Ilesanmi, Payne (C), Bush, Ndlovu (46), Marsh, Sousa, Appiah, Sass-Davies, Robinson, Staunton (46)

Subs: Coxe (46), Balanta, Agbontohoma (46), Clayden, Clarke

Eastleigh: McDonnell (GK), Clampin (67), Atangana, Francillette, Taylor (C), McCallum, Boldewijn, Hodson, Croll, Maguire, Rutherford (68)

Subs: Scott (GK), Martin (67), Barlow, Nwabuokei, Dotse (68)

Report by Matthew Gibbs