With Eastleigh’s Vanarama National League campaign approaching the midway point, manager Richard Hill’s half-term report on his team reads: Could do better.

Hill still maintains that the 18th-placed Spitfires will improve as the season progresses and, with just 14 points separating them from the top two, he knows a consistent run of results could yet hoist them up amongst it.

But, with his side treading water after a win-less November, the boss warned: “There comes a time when you start running out of games.

“I’ve always said this league is such that everyone’s capable of beating everyone else – and this season everyone IS beating everyone else. We need to find some consistency.

“I said to the lads today that’s it’s not good enough that we’ve only won five football matches and they agreed.

“All our lads are good players who’ve had decent careers, but are they playing well enough as individuals on a consistent basis? Probably not.

“And are they are playing well enough as a team on a consistent basis? Definitely not.

“Last week at Halifax (a 3-3 draw) we played alright for 70 minutes and not particularly well for the last 20 and against Maidenhead (a 2-2 draw) it was the other way round.

“There’s two things we can do now. Either we fight or we give up – and that goes for all of us.

“The fans who went to Halifax were brilliant and I say to them: Let’s all fight together.”

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