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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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