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Preview: Eastleigh (A)

2 August 2019

Notts County play their first ever game in the Vanarama National League this Saturday as they open 2019-20 with a visit to Eastleigh.

With Christoffer and Alexander Reedtz completing their takeover of the club last week and seven new players joining since, the Magpies will hope to maintain the feel-good factor by starting the campaign with a win.

The bookies include Notts among the favourites for the National League title and fancy them to return the Football League at the first time of asking, but it’s a long season ahead.

Eastleigh can certainly attest to that. They qualified for the play-offs last time out but were beaten on penalties in the semi-finals by Salford City, who went on to win at Wembley.

The Spitfires will be hoping to go one better this season and it looks set to be a cracking curtain-raiser.

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Notts boss Neal Ardley says…

“It hasn’t been a normal week. Usually we’d be able to focus really hard on Thursdays and Fridays, preparing for the opposition so we’re really on the ball.

“Without being disrespectful to Eastleigh, I haven’t really been able to get ready for the game because trying to bring players in has been the priority.

“But we will be ready come 3pm on Saturday.”

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Team news

Damien McCrory, Nathan Tyson and Dion Kelly-Evans all signed contracts on Thursday after impressing on trial and will hope for a competitive start, while Jim O’Brien will want to return to the midfield position he made his own last season after penning a new deal this week.

New goalkeeper Sam Slocombe will battle Ross Fitzsimons for a place between the sticks, with Ben Turner and Zoumana Bakayogo hoping to feature after joining the club.

Striker Tyrone Barnett became Eastleigh’s sixth signing of the summer after earning a contract following his trial period, and the former Cheltenham man will hope to score against Notts for the second season running.

Max Stryjek and Joe Partington have both re-joined the Spitfires, signing from Sunderland and Bristol Rovers respectively, and will receive a warm welcome back to the Silverlake Stadium.

The officials

Referee: Carl Brook

Assistants: Damith Bandara Alastair Higgs

Fourth official: Robert Ablitt

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Match Reports

Eastleigh 1-0 Notts

Opening day defeat for the Magpies

3 August 2019

Nine-man Notts County were beaten 1-0 at Eastleigh in the first match of the 2019-20 National League season.

Reda Johnson's first-half header was enough to win it for the south-coast side, who limited Notts' attacking threat well all afternoon.

The Magpies finished the game with nine men after Michael Doyle and Damien McCrory were shown straight red cards following an off-the-ball tussle and a 50-50 challenge respectively.

New arrivals Sam Slocombe, McCrory, Nathan Tyson, Dion Kelly-Evans and Zoumana Bakayogo were all handed starts by Neal Ardley, while the familiar face of Jim O'Brien started in midfield having committed his future to the Magpies on Thursday.

Notts lined up with Christian Oxlade-Chamberlain, McCrory and Pierce Bird playing in a central defensive three flanked by wing-backs Bakayogo and Kelly-Evans.

Doyle played in a holding midfield role, supporting Mitch Rose and O'Brien, while Tyson partnered Enzio Boldewijn up top.

The game started in even style but the hosts had the lead on 14 minutes when experienced defender Johnson rose highest in the area to head home Jack Payne's corner.

Notts sought an immediate response when Tyson supplied Boldewijn in the area but the Dutchman saw his shot blocked by a defender on the slide.

The Magpies were then nearly the masters of their own downfall when Oxlade-Chamberlain cheaply conceded possession in a dangerous area, allowing Eastleigh to work the ball to new signing Tyrone Barnett on the edge of the box. His low shot was straight at Slocombe, who made a comfortable save.

Notts were struggling to carve out clear-cut chances and the closest they went in the half came from a free-kick, won by O'Brien on the edge of the area shortly before half-time. Rose took responsibility for the set piece, curling the ball just over the bar with home keeper Max Stryjek scrambling.

Notts' 796-strong away following will have been hoping for more in the way of attacking threat in the second half.

And O'Brien tried to give them something to cheer shortly after the restart when the ball broke for him 25 yards out. His shot flew high and wide, however.

Notts were now enjoying more of the play, with Bakayogo noticably getting forward more down the left, but they had to be alert just after the hour to get in the way of Cavaghn Miley's shot when the ball bounced to him on the edge of the area.

Ardley's first change followed shortly afterwards when Kelly-Evans made way for Kane Hemmings as the Magpies switched to a front three and a flat back four, with Oxlade-Chamberlain moving to right back.

The next chance went to the hosts, however, as Miley was played into the area. His shot from a narrow angle was held at the second attempt by Slocombe.

Notts' response came from Bakayogo, who broke purposefuly down the left and crossed the ball low towards the near post. Tyson did well to get across Johnson to meet the ball but the defender managed to block the subsequent shot.

Matt Tootle replaced Oxlade-Chamberlain and Bird made way for debutant Ben Turner with a quarter of an hour to play.

Notts' task was made considerably harder moments later when, as the hosts prepared to swing in a corner, Doyle clashed with an opponent and was shown a straight red card.

But they had a golden opportunity to restore parity with seven minutes of normal time remaining when Boldewijn latched on to a bouncing ball and cut inside on his right foot inside the area. He sent the ball high over the bar, however, wasting Notts' best chance of the match.

Four minutes were added on at the end of the match, during which McCrory also saw red following a 50-50 challenge on Scott Rendell. On first impressions the decision looked harsh but there was nothing Notts could do as they slipped to defeat on a damaging afternoon in Hampshire.

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Ticket News

Tickets and travel: Eastleigh (A)

2 August 2019

Tickets for Notts County's opening game of the 2019-20 season, away to Eastleigh on Saturday 3 August (kick-off 3pm), are now on sale.

Notts have been allocated 1,000 tickets which span across the terrace of the Silverlake Stadium's East Stand and blocks one and two of the Community Stand, where seating is available.

Supporters are able to move freely across both areas and can access the ground via turnstiles 10 and 11.

Tickets are only available directly from Eastleigh and can be purchased online by clicking here. Supporters will then be given the option to print at home or have an e-ticket sent to their mobile phone.

Supporters are advised that purchases cannot be made over the phone and no physical tickets will be posted out.

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Category Advance prices Matchday prices
Adult £15 £18
60 and over £10 £13
17-21 £5 £8
12-16 £2 £5
Under 12 Free Free

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Official away travel will depart from near the club shop on Meadow Lane at 10am.

Tickets for away travel can be purchased online, by calling 0115 9557210 or visiting the club shop/ticket office.

Bookings are subject to a 60p per ticket admin fee when purchased online or by phone.

General adult/senior: £25

General under 18: £15

Season ticket holders/Lifeline members/NCFCOSA members: £24

Season ticket holder under 18: £14

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