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Impressive Gray lands Bucks point at Spitfires; EASTLEIGH 3 TELFORD 3.

AN ENTERTAINING game ended all square with Eastleigh nemesis Tony Gray grabbing his fourth goal in two games against the Spitfires after Eastleigh had put bottom club Telford under wave after wave of pressure for long periods of the opening half.

The higher ranked hosts went ahead in fortuitous circumstances, a Will Evans cross from the right was deflected goalwards before ricocheting off Bucks' keeper Freddy Hall to give the home side an early lead.

Jai Reason, Jack Midson and James Constable all tested Hall as Eastleigh looked to exert their advantage.

Ben McLaughlin, on loan from Everton, then sparked a quick Telford break, finding Clancy who in turn fed hitman Gray, working a shooting opportunity he gave Flitney no chance.

Sam Smith had the chance to put the visitors ahead before half-time, but was narrowly off target when well placed.

Things did get even better for the visitors in the second half, coming out of the traps brilliantly.

Returning Sean Clancy was instrumental in two quick-fire goals that put Telford 3-1 up - first finding Gray who teed up Adam Farrell to drive home.

A Clancy blockbuster was too hot to handle, the rebound falling kindly for Sam Smith to finish.

With 20 minutes remaining, the Bucks would have hoped to have seen out the game, but Eastleigh using all their nous and experience to pull level. James Constable converting from close range after Neill Byrne had conceded a soft free kick.

That following a fortuitous Jai Reason goal that halved the deficit, his wickedly deflected effort giving Freddy Hall no chance.

A point was still enough to lift Telford off the foot of the table.


Ben McLaughlin.

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Feb 8, 2015
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