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Date: 13-10-14 gif Harriers versus Spitfires
James Constable In a scenario that could only come from a Biggles novel the Harriers were drawn out of the hat for the 4th qualifying stage of this seasons FA Cup to find that our opponents also have a aeronautical nickname.  The Spitfires is the nickname of newly promoted Eastleigh due to the local airfield (now Southampton International) being used to build the Type F37/34 Spitfire during the 2nd World War.

Eastleigh were promoted to the Conference for the first time ever in their short history when they won the Conference South title last season.  They appear to be one of the richer clubs to have gained promotion in recent years and have been bankrolled by an insurance company for quite a while, the same company that also bankroll Oxford Utd.  With that investment they have bought in a host of quality players with the stand out names being Jack Midson from Wimbledon, Stuart Fleetwood from Luton and, of course, the former Harriers favourite James Constable (right).  Beano opted to join them after turning down a lucrative new contract at Oxford.

Although we will be playing Eastleigh twice this season we have yet to play them due to both games being pencilled in for the latter part of the season in 2015.  This FA Cup game will be the first ever meeting of the two clubs.

The game will be played at Aggborough on Saturday October 25th and if our tenants, Worcester City, beat Leamington in their 3rd round replay tomorrow evening they'll be playing Greenwich Borough on the Sunday 26th.

The full draw is as follows:

Northern Section

    Spennymoor Town  v  AFC Telford United
King`s Lynn Town v AFC Fylde
Grimsby Town v Guiseley AFC
Norton United v Shildon/Stourbridge
Colwyn Bay/Warrington Town v North Ferriby United
Alfreton Town v Lincoln City
Macclesfield Town v Wrexham
Chorley v FC Halifax Town
Barwell v Altrincham
Leek Town v Blyth Spartans
Stockport County v Chester FC
Gateshead v Gainsborough Trinity
Tamworth v Southport


Southern Section


    Dorchester Town  v  Bristol Rovers
East Thurrock United v Bath City/Shortwood United
Staines Town/Gloucester City v Forest Green Rovers
Dartford v Burgess Hill Town
Maidstone United v Welling United
Willand Rovers v Maidenhead United/Gosport Borough
Witham Town v Weston-super-Mare
Eastbourne Borough v Dover Athletic
Weymouth v Braintree Town
Leamington/Worcester City v Greenwich Borough
Canvey Island v Havant & Waterlooville
St Albans City v Concord Rangers
Basingstoke Town v Harrow Borough
Aldershot Town v Torquay United
Kidderminster Harriers v Eastleigh
Evesham United v Grays Athletic/Bromley
Whitehawk/Chelmsford City v Barnet
Nuneaton Town v Hemel Hempstead Town
Woking v Frome Town/Boreham Wood



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