Eastleigh’s playoff hopes on the line in season-finale clashes with Altrincham and Solihull

As the majority of clubs across several English football leagues wrap up their play and look towards off-season adjustments, the Spitfires approach two season-defining fixtures.

The South-coast side is currently in the ninth position, a point away from playoff position, but can control their destiny with a game in hand over the squads ahead of them, with a win on Tuesday vaulting them to sixth place.

Manager Ben Strevens isn’t putting too much pressure on the team ahead of the Altrincham match.

“We go to Altrincham tomorrow, just concentrate on that game first of all try and get

Eastleigh manager Ben Strevens is calm and collected in his approach towards the final week. Photograph: Olly Johnson

a positive result. Hopefully, that’s the three points and take it into the final game of the season. The main thing is going into the final day of the season, we’re still going to have a chance of making the playoffs whatever happens on Tuesday. But of course, we are really looking to go there and try and get the three points tomorrow night.”

Eastleigh is no stranger to tight finishes in the waning days of the season, as they narrowly missed out in a loss against Salford on penalties in 2019.

Defender Callum Baughan believes the experience gained from the previous playoff push will be valuable as they close this season out.

Eastleigh Defender Callum Baughan is confident in the team’s ability to handle pressure. Photograph: Olly Johnson

“The core of the team is very similar. So where they’ve already got that experience of being in that position before, we’re kind of hoping that it can stand us in good stead this time. going into it again, we know what to expect, really.”

Baughan also reflected on how the squad powered through a testy Covid-struck year to still finish in playoff range.

“It’s been a long tough season… Overall, I think we’ve done really well which is highlighted by where we are in the table, big game tomorrow (Tuesday) night which hopefully the team will come away with the three points and put us in a good place going into the last game against Solihull.”

Eastleigh will play Altrincham on Tuesday night at 7 pm and face Solihull in the season closer this Saturday at 12.30 pm.