Danny Hollands praises fans for giving ‘second wind’ as Eastleigh’s play-off charge ramps up

Eastleigh captain Danny Hollands says supporters gave the team ‘a second wind’ as the Spitfires snatched a last minute winner at the Silverlake Stadium.

Sitting just outside the play-offs prior to kick-off, the hosts knew victory over mid-table Boreham Wood Town on Saturday would provide them with a much-needed boost to their promotion aspirations.

After Coronavirus rules were eased last week, fans returned to the Silverlake for the first time since December.

Captain Danny Hollands speaking to Solent Newsdays – Sam Holmes

After a tight and cagey affair for the most part, in which Boreham Wood had five players booked, full-back and Spitfire player of the year Joe Tomlinson scored from the spot in the 92nd minute.

“When things were tough on Saturday, especially at 0-0 and going into the final 20 minutes, for us we needed the win,” says Hollands.

“When something happens in a game it was nice to that roar of them (the fans) getting behind you and it really gave you a lift, especially when you get to my age!

“To have them there kind of gave us that second wind.”

A strong crowd of 1500 supporters were in attendance on Saturday, with COVID guidelines deeming that number to be the maximum number of spectators.

Eastleigh fans celebrating Joe Tomlinson’s last minute winner – Sam Holmes

Following Saturday’s vital victory, the Spitfires now look towards the final day of the season, away to Solihull Moors and sit in eighth place and one place away from the play-offs.

However, Ben Strevens’ side are level on points with Chesterfield, with only goal difference separating them.

This means Eastleigh must now win on Saturday to have any chance of keeping their promotion and football league dreams alive, by finishing in the top seven.

Reach the play-offs, and Eastleigh will be only two games away from Wembley.

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