Cav Miley and Sam Smart were both on target as Eastleigh beat Wealdstone 2-0 on Tuesday night at the Silverlake Stadium, with the hosts finishing the game with ten men.

The defeat was Stones’ first in the league in six matches, with their previous five all resulting in three points, meaning they are still up to third in the table, among the playoff places, despite the loss.

They went close to establishing an early advantage when a loose back pass from Alex Wynter nearly ended up creeping into the Spitfires’ net, but goalkeeper Joe McDonnell managed to clamber back in time to clear the ball away from the goalline at the last second.

At the other end, it was Miley who had Eastleigh’s best effort of the first quarter of the game but his shot curled just past the post, with Harry Isted beaten, while Ben House found the side-netting..

Wealdstone forward Danny Parish had the ball in the back of the Eastleigh net with 22 minutes on the clock but his strike was ruled out for an offside in the build-up.

It took until midway through the second-half for the deadlock to finally be broken, with Miley pouncing on a loose ball in the box to fire home past Isted.

Wealdstone almost replied immediately, with substitute Ross Lafayette making an impact shortly after his arrival, picking out Parish in the box, only for his shot to be blocked en route to goal.

Smart netted a second in stoppage time for the hosts, rounding off a swift counter-attack, moments after they had Michael Green sent off, to seal the National League points for the home side.

Stones will get a chance to bounce back from the defeat when they return to action on Saturday, November 21, when they host Sutton United at the Vale, in a 5.20pm kickoff, which will be televised live on BT Sport.