EASTLEIGH have reeled off three straight home league wins for the first time since March 2016.

And manager Ben Strevens reckons the feel-good factor is coming back to the Silverlake Stadium after a challenging couple of years.

Speaking after Ben Williamson's late diving header had put the skids under Sutton United, 3-2, Strevens smiled: “I don’t know how good it was for my blood pressure, but I’m delighted with the win.

“Sutton are a good side who are consistent in what they do and any team that beats them knows they’ve been in a real good game.

“There’s a real feel around this club now that the fans are liking what they see.

“It reminds me of when I was playing two or three years ago and every game we played at home we expected to win.

“We’ve played real strong teams at home in Harrogate, Havant and Sutton and to get nine points out of nine is amazing.

“Sutton (now seventh) are back to within three points now and that’s a real positive sign.”

With the return of wing-back Michael Green from a three-match suspension, Eastleigh posed a threat down both flanks.

Green took the man-of-the-match honours and Hare was singled out for special praise by both Strevens and opposition manager Paul Doswell.

“Sutton play with four up front at times which means you can get the overload out wide, allowing the wing-backs to get forward,”said Strevens.

“Josh (Hare) has scored one and set one up. He’s been brilliant.

"He’s another one who stays out and does extras after training, working on his crossing, and it’s paying off.”

Doswell agreed: "They’ve got a lot of quality in wide areas. I thought Josh Hare was outstanding on the day."