National League Eastleigh will have one eye on the weather as they prepare for the visit of Championship Bolton in the FA Cup third round.




Ground staff have worked through the week to keep the Silverlake Stadium surface dry after recent heavy rain.

No pitch inspections are planned until Saturday morning with a sell-out crowd of more than 5,000 expected.

Eastleigh are the only remaining non-league side in the draw and are in the third round for the first-ever time.

The Spitfires have Kaid Mohamed available for the tie after the 31-year-old winger joined from Bath City for the remainder of the season on Tuesday.

Eastleigh boss Chris Todd has no fresh injury concerns to contend with and can welcome back defender Jamie Turley from injury.

Shola Ameobi will come back into Bolton’s squad but fellow striker Emile Heskey misses out.

Midfielder Liam Trotter has returned from a loan spell with Nottingham Forest, while Arsenal loanee Wellington Silva has permission to play.

Max Clayton is Bolton’s only long-term absentee with a hamstring injury.

Eastleigh manager Chris Todd told BBC South Today:

“If we play well on the day, we will give them a good game. We want to put ourselves on the map as a football club and play in the Football League.

“The players have enjoyed the build-up and have really expressed themselves in training. Hopefully we can give it a really good shot.

“I know Bolton are struggling at the bottom of the Championship, but they are three leagues above us so we have to be mentally prepared and ready for that.”

Bolton boss Neil Lennon told BBC Radio Manchester:

“It’s going to be tough because they’re going to be motivated and it’s a big day for the club and the fans.

“We have to make sure we are as professional as we can possibly be.

“I think regardless of whether we were playing well or not they would still fancy the tie, but I don’t think we’re playing too badly.”

Source: www.bbc.co.uk


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