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Nightingale hat-trick secures 2nd Round tie.

Lucy Nightingale scored a hat-trick as Eastleigh cruised past AFC Stoneham to progress in the Vitality Women’s FA Cup with a 6-0 victory.
Kat Littleboy opened the scoring inside five minutes before Nightingale and Manuela Naprta added two more first half goals.
Nightingale scored either side of a bullet header from Littleboy to complete her hat-trick in the second half to seal the Spitfires place in the Second Round. 
The game burst into action straight from kick off as both sides looked to gain an early advantage in this FA Cup first round tie.
It was the Spitfires who took the lead on 4 minutes thanks to Littleboy.
She got on the end of a dangerous floated free-kick from captain Leah Shave at the back post to fire the visitors into an early lead. 
Stoneham were almost immediately back on level terms, as Payne struck the crossbar after they broke up field quickly from kick off.
On 15 minutes Eastleigh’s lead was doubled as Nightingale capitalised on a loose ball and fired into an empty net.
Naprta and Nightingale went close to adding a third inside the opening 20 minutes as Ashley Healey’s side continued to mount the pressure.
The third goal did eventually come on the half hour mark from the most unlikely of circumstances. 
Naprta had the ball on the by-line and options to cross to in the box, instead she opted to fire the ball at the near post and caught the Stoneham goalkeeper off guard.
Having already scored one spectacular goal, Naprta went close to scoring another. She took the ball down on her knee before volleying just wide of the post from inside the box.  
The Spitfires did have the ball on the back of the net for a fourth time in the first half through Gabrielle Ewing, but the flag was raised for offside. 
Having already been denied a fourth by an offside flag it was the crossbar’s turn to prevent the Spitfires from adding to their lead.
Ewing and Naprta linked up well down the right wing before Lauren Hill fired a dipping shot from distance towards the top corner only to hit the woodwork.  
Just after the hour mark Stoneham had a succession of chances to cut into Eastleigh’s lead that they didn’t take. 
Nightingale got her second of the afternoon on 71 minutes with a great strike from the edge of the box which flew over the goalkeeper’s head.
Minutes later the Spitfires had a fifth, Littleboy headed home from a corner to score her second of the afternoon. 
On 78 minutes Nightingale completed her hat-trick in style. 
The midfielder picked the ball up some way out from goal before working enough space to rifle the ball into the near top corner. 
Despite having very little to do between the sticks all afternoon Lucy Venables was alert to make a spectacular save on 80 minutes to deny the Purps a consolation goal.
Player of the Match
The whole team deserved this award, and there has to be a special mention to Freya Phillips-Foreman who was absolutely immense today at the back. But today’s Player of the Match is hat-trick hero, Lucy Nightingale. With three great strikes from outside the box, one with her left foot, Nightingale looked unstoppable as the Spitfires looked too much to handle. 
MattTsport Player of the Match: Lucy Nightingale
Report by George Rees-Julian
Eastleigh FC: Venables, Hill, Phillips-Foreman, Littleboy, Beeton, Shave (C), Nightingale, Ewing, Taylor, Browning, Naprta
Subs: Keefe, Bradshaw, Bates, Whalley, Peachey, Hide



Manager: Ash Healey


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23 MAY 2021 

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Alison Davison 47, of Chandler’s Ford has been named as Eastleigh Football Club Community Captain in recognition of their incredible work with the Eastleigh Football Club Community Trust Pan Disability Football League.


The Community Captain accolade is being given to more than 100 members of the public who have made an outstanding contribution to their club and local community, as part of the Premier League’s 30th anniversary celebrations.


Alison received the accolade at The Silverlake Stadium where she received a PL30 Community Captain armband and pennant.


Lee Bradbury who presented Alison’s Community Captain award, said: “The work Alison does, with not only the football club’s disability team but the wider community, is fantastic and so worthwhile for those who are not able to access mainstream football. I am really pleased to be able to reward Alison with the Community Captain accolade for the work she does in our community.


Alison said “It is a privilege to have been chosen to be the Community Captain for the Club.  Being a part of the Disability Football is such an honour as there are so many inspirational children and adults, all with their own stories, who play on a monthly basis under the Eastleigh FC Community Trust Pan Disability Football League. We are not stopping at football, our next venture is ParaNetball which will offer so many more children and adults an avenue to an active lifestyle.


Premier League Chief Executive Richard Masters said: “As we mark 30 years since the Premier League first kicked off, it is important we celebrate the unsung heroes who deliver brilliant work in their communities. These people – whether they are participants, coaches, volunteers or long-time employees – are the lifeblood of their clubs and their communities.


“The continued success of Premier League football enables us to provide unprecedented investment in communities and wider football. As we look to the future, we are committed to investing more than ever, to help develop the game and provide opportunities to people of all ages.


Across England and Wales, Premier League investment supports the community organisations of all 92 Premier League and English Football League clubs, plus the 72 National League clubs.  


Over the next three years, the League will continue its world-leading levels of support by contributing £1.6 billion to communities and the wider game. 


A sum of £9m is available to support National League clubs with running costs and sustainability. A further £3.6m will be available via the Premier League and Professional Footballers’ Association’s partnership to support the National League Trust and the network of club community organisations.


This includes increased investment into the Premier League Fans’ Fund, with £5m available to support fan engagement projects across the top four divisions of the football pyramid. The League is also investing an additional £13.5 million into the Football Foundation to create small-sided pitches in the heart of communities that need them the most. The tour will also give an opportunity to highlight new Premier League investment into women’s and girls’ football, including the Emerging Talent Centres announced earlier this summer. 


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