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Brighton 1-1 Southampton

Southampton drew 1-1 at Brighton as Steven Davis' early headed goal for the Saints was cancelled out by a Glenn Murray equaliser after the break.



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Five reasons why you should support Non-League football

The love of football is a hobby, a passion and for some an obsession bordering on a religion. There are hundreds of millions of fanatical supporters all around the world for what we like to call the ‘beautiful game’. But what of Non-League football?

Here are just a few reasons why choosing to support local and non-league football can be just as rewarding and enjoyable for the average footy fan as opposed to following a side with all the glitz, glamour and money of a top-level side.


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1. Affordability An obvious advantage to begin with is the huge savings that can be made in following your local Non-League side.

When you compare the cost of being a fan of a side in Non-League football to a team in the higher echelons of football, the Premier League for example, the difference is huge.

"The Premier League in my eyes is very expensive and overrated,” said Eastleigh season ticket holder Lee Stevens.

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Jan Bednarek signs for Saints

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“We are delighted to bring him to the club, and we believe this will be the ideal place for him to continue his development.

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The defender has played 138 games for Saints over five seasons since he arrived at the club in 2012.
Vice Chairman (Football) Les Reed said: “We are extremely pleased to have reached a new agreement with Maya, who is a vital part of our squad, not only on the pitch, but off it.
“Maya is a player who has taken great strides in his game during his time with us, and his influence was felt particularly last season, as he formed outstanding partnerships with both Virgil van Dijk and Jack Stephens, helping the team reach the EFL Cup final.

“Maya is an excellent example for any young professional to follow and it was important to ensure that we extended our commitment with him.

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