Manager Richard Hill will resist using a “sticking plaster” as a short-term remedy for Eastleigh’s injury ills.

The Spitfires were down to the bare bones of a squad once again for yesterday’s trip to National League leaders Dover Athletic where goals from James Alabi and ex-Silverlake defender Connor Essam consigned them to a 2-0 defeat.

First and foremost, the Eastleigh boss gave full credit to Dover who moved a point clear at the top as a result of the win.

But, much as he has tried to play down the Spitfires’ growing list of walking wounded, Hill admits it’s becoming increasingly difficult to shy away from the “blatantly obvious.”

Although defenders Callum Howe and Andrew Boyce overcame the hamstring issues that kept them out of training until the eve of the Dover trip, Ayo Obileye and Reda Johnson both pulled out.

They joined a lengthy list of absentees already containing Paul McCallum, Michael Green, Graham Stack, Ross Stearn, Ryan Cresswell, Sam Togwell and Sam Wood.

“From our point of view, we’ve got a serious injury list and have had for a period of time now.

“The only players we’ve got fit and available are the ones we had in the dressing room at Dover.

“We’re flogging the same 11, 12 or 13 players every week and it would be nice to get a few back to help the lads out but, at the moment, the cavalry’s not coming over the hill.

“We’re up against it, but the club’s not in a position to go out and sign players just for sake of signing them and I’ve told the chairman I won’t do it. I’m not going to put a sticking plaster over things.”

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