MAK­ING HIS MARK!

Yeates at the double to com­plete week of mis­ery for Silk­men

The Non-League Football Paper - - VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE - By MIKE GLENDINNING STAR MAN: Mark Yeates (Eastleigh) ATT: 1,352 EN­TER­TAIN­MENT: ★★★★★ REF­EREE: David Richard­son 5/10

VERDICT: Mark Yeates was the hero of the day as Eastleigh fi­nally showed what they are ca­pa­ble of. Mac­cles­field, on the other hand, need an im­me­di­ate re­sponse af­ter back-to-back de­feats

MARK Yeates’ eye­brow-rais­ing double ei­ther side of the half-time break gave Eastleigh a much-needed sec­ond away win at the ex­pense of high­fliers Mac­cles­field Town. The for­mer Sh­effield United and Brad­ford City man, 34, set Richard Hill’s men on the way with preda­tory strikes, deem­ing Danny White­head’s last-gasp goal back for Mac­cles­field as con­so­la­tion. This game swung on a rather for­tu­itous opener when Yeates cap­i­talised on a shanked clear­ance from keeper Sh­wan Jalal be­fore coolly rolling the ball into an empty net from dis­tance. “It was an out­stand­ing ef­fort,” said Eastleigh as­sis­tant man­ager Andy Hessen­thaler. “It was al­ways go­ing to be dif­fi­cult, but we came up without any fear and we showed we’re to­gether. “Yeatesy is one of those play­ers who flits in and out of games but I thought he was ex­cel­lent, he had a bit of good fortune for the goal with the mis­take but he didn’t panic, he had a touch and tucked it away. It was a great fin­ish for the sec­ond goal too.” On a tricky af­ter­noon the swirling winds and driv­ing rain fi­nally eased and Mac­cles­field also looked to have weath­ered the storm a dom­i­nant Eastleigh had been brew­ing early on. Jalal pushed the first ef­fort of the day, from Ben Williamson, wide be­fore de­fender Ge­orge Pilk­ing­ton helped out, pre­vent­ing Yeates from find­ing the bot­tom cor­ner. Macc had the best chances late in the half though, John­son bril­liantly res­cu­ing his side once Scott Wilson had sprinted clear and rounded Spit­fires keeper Ross Fl­it­ney. El­liott Dur­rell had a gilt-edged chance shortly af­ter but Fl­it­ney charged out to smother the dan­ger.

Mo­ments later came the hor­ror show from Jalal, who made a real hash of a rou­tine clear­ance, pre­sent­ing Yeates with the chance to roll the ball into the net.

Yeates’ sec­ond owed much to a per­ceived hand­ball in the build-up, missed by ref­eree David Richard­son but not the Macc de­fence, who stalled and left the out­num­bered Jalal to his own de­vices, Yeates find­ing the bot­tom cor­ner with an­other neat fin­ish for his third of the cam­paign.

Al­though White­head halved the deficit his goal sim­ply came too late for Macc to mount any sort of sal­vage op­er­a­tion.

And though his side re­main sec­ond in the ta­ble, boss John Askey hinted they’ll need some off-field back­ing if they are to stage a pro­mo­tion bid. “In pre­vi­ous years when we’ve gone be­hind we haven’t had enough to come back at teams. This time, this team looks as though they can do,” he said.

“We need to get some in to strengthen, we’ve got a good squad but as the sea­son goes on we’ll need more bod­ies. We should have had some money come in last year and if it isn’t there to strengthen then peo­ple need to an­swer why that is.

“But we’re still sec­ond and it’s great, hope­fully it’ll be an en­joy­able ride to the end of the sea­son.”

PIC­TURE: Shut­terPress

LOFTY HEIGHTS: Two-goal Mark Yeates, right, is con­grat­u­lated by tow­er­ing team-mate Ayo Obil­eye

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