BOSS Ben Strevens is proud of his Eastleigh side for getting their away form back on track.

Any doubts cast over the squad following heavy losses at Ebbsfleet (3-0) and Solihull Moors (4-1) were swept aside in a 3-1 victory at Aldershot yesterday.

It made it three wins on the spin – two of them on the road – for Strevens’ men, who are poised just one point off the National League play-offs with 14 games to go.

“It’s a massive win for us,” said Strevens.

“We had two bad days at Ebbsfleet and Solihull that were really hard to take for all of us, as a group and as a management team.

“But to come back with three wins on the bounce puts us in a real strong position. We’ve got 52 points now which is brilliant.

“We’re not getting carried away, there’s still a lot of hard work to do, but we’ve given ourselves a chance of having a real successful season.”

It wasn’t a perfect performance by Eastleigh against a third-to-bottom Aldershot side who have now gone 16 games without a win.

The Shots played the more adventurous football early on and Strevens was honest enough to admit: “The first 20 minutes was probably my fault.

"I’d asked the lads to do a certain thing, but Aldershot got on the front foot. As soon as we changed it and dropped Yeatesy (Mark Yeates) slightly deeper, we got better.

“Aldershot still had some good patterns of play and possession second half and, when it went to 1-1, you worry the tide might be turning towards them.

“But to come back and get two goals like Macca did to seal the victory was great.”

It was touch and go whether McCallum would even start as he continues to battle with a groin problem dating back to last season.

But the big No9 had a huge say in the Hampshire derby, setting up the opener for Danny Hollands before striking twice himself.

“Macca’s a very good player, a talented boy, and I expect him to score goals like that – especially the header. He makes it look easy,” said Strevens.

“It’s been a good day that’s backed up a real strong week of training.”

Aldershot boss Gary Waddock reflected: "In between the boxes, we played well again. But if you don't take your chances, you get punished.

"We've got to stay strong and find a win from somewhere."