A strongly contested match saw Eastleigh come out on top although Trojans did have the best of the play for a lot of the game with Eastleigh having much the rub of the green right from the start.
Trojans kicked off, Eastleigh gathered the ball and a neat chip to the winger took the ball into the Trojans half and a kick through saw a chase for the line and Eastleigh were awarded the touch down, followed by a conversion, despite a claim by the Trojans defence for the first touch, all within the first minute. Play then concentrated in the middle of the pitch with both sides putting in strong attacks with a penalty gained by Eastleigh on the quarter hour. Trojans put in some strong attacks and appeared to score a good try but the referee brought play back for “crossing” in the approach to the line. Play continued to ebb and flow until, on twenty five minutes, Trojans winger, Charlie Pooley, sprinted down the line to score in the corner, the half closing out with Eastleigh 10 – 5 in the lead.
For the first half hour of the second half play was constricted to the middle of the field, although Trojans were showing the more constructive play, until an excellent cross kick by Eastleigh saw their winger gather the ball just over the line to score with the conversion pushing Eastleigh further ahead. The rest of the half saw an evenly matched contest with Trojans gaining a late penalty through Matt Evenhand.