2014/15 English FA Cup, Round 1
  • Craig McAllister (9')
  • Ben Strevens (90')
  • Sam Yorkie (73')

Strevens sends Spitfires through

Ben Strevens struck in the 90th minute to earn Eastleigh a dramatic 2-1 FA Cup first-round victory over Lincoln at Ten Acres.
Delano Sam-Yorke had cancelled out Craig McAllister's early goal with 17 minutes to go, but the hosts edged the all non-league affair thanks to Strevens' late strike.
Eastleigh had started the first half strongly and nearly went 1-0 up after just two minutes when McAllister headed onto the bar from Jai Reason's corner.
Reason nearly put the home side ahead five minutes later too, only to be denied by a fantastic save from Lincoln keeper Paul Farman.
The Spitfires got their reward nine minutes in when Dan Spence curled a delightful cross onto the head of McAllister, who powered home from eight yards.
The home side had several chances to double their advantage before the break, but were unable to convert against an Imps side that barely threatened.
Lincoln came out stronger in the second half and should have been level within five minutes, only for Jordan Burrow to blaze over from five yards out following Hamza Bencherif's cut-back.
Tom Miller went closest to levelling the tie for the visitors, but the right-back's downward header was superbly saved by Ross Flitney on the hour mark.
Sam-Yorke replaced Burrow and had an immediate impact, breaking the offside trap and slotting in the equaliser.
Connor Robinson could have won it late on for Lincoln, but he fired Sean Newton's inch-perfect cross wide before Strevens tucked away Ben Wright's cut-back from 12 yards to seal the win for the home side.