Notts County comfortably overcame Eastleigh 4-0 on Saturday as almost all professional football across Europe was suspended by Coronavirus concerns.

Kyle Wootton’s 17th and 18th goals of the season set Notts on their way, aided by second-half finishes from Kristian Dennis and Cal Roberts.

Neal Ardley’s men cement themselves in third place in the Vanarama National League and close the gap to Harrogate Town to three points.

They and league leaders Barrow both saw their games suspended, and so have a game in hand on the Magpies.

Starting eleven

Joe McDonnell – Kept a clean sheet but looked unconvincing when claiming many of Eastleigh’s set-piece deliveries. Long distribution left plenty to be desired at times, but looked fairly comfortable playing out from the back. 6.

Richard Brindley – Made some impressive runs down the right and played his part in Notts securing a clean sheet. Liked to flick it over players and did so to good effect on more than one occasion. 7.

Connell Rawlinson – Played some defence-splitting passes from the back and, along with Alex Lacey, was able to deal with everything the Spitfires threw at him. Not averse to running into midfield with the ball either. 7.

Alex Lacey – Always looks composed on the ball and solid when faced with an aerial barrage from Eastleigh set pieces. 7.

Joel Bagan – Played a lovely pass to Wes Thomas amid a crowd late on. Didn’t do much wrong defensively. 6.

Mitch Rose – Set up Kyle Wootton for his second of the afternoon with a nice square ball from the right. 7.

Replaced by Tom Crawford in the second half.

Michael Doyle – Caught in possession at times but played a beautiful ball down the left for Dennis in the second half. Made some lung-busting runs belying his years. 7.

Cal Roberts – Made some impressive runs down the right and won a few free kicks in good areas. Played the most exquisite curling ball for Kristian Dennis to double the lead, and picked out Rose’s run to help set up Notts’ third. Scored a great effort into the bottom-left to cap a brilliant performance. 9.

Replaced by Scott Wilson in the second half.

Enzio Boldewijn – Didn’t see as much of the ball as he would have liked but didn’t do too much wrong. 6.

Kristian Dennis – Pressed non-stop, barely stopped running and had the tenacity to get onto Grubb’s header to set up Kyle Wootton’s opener. Played a lovely ball out wide to Roberts late in the first half and got on the end of his cross to score in the second. 9.

Replaced by Wes Thomas in the second half.

Kyle Wootton – Got the opener with good positioning and generally led the line well. His second was a nice finish into the bottom-left from the edge of the area. 9.


Wes Thomas – Took it to the corner and won a foul in injury time before a scrap broke out between both sets of players. 6.

Tom Crawford – Gave Max Stryjek something to think about shortly after coming on with a shot from the most acute angle possible. 6.

Scott Wilson – Didn’t get on the ball too much after coming on. 6.


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