BEN Strevens celebrated his first victory in caretaker charge of Eastleigh at FC Halifax Town this afternoon.

The 38-year-old gave his job prospects a boost as a second-half Josh Hare header sealed a precious 1-0 National League win at The Shay.

The key moment came on 57 minutes when Hare got on the end of Mark Yeates’s free-kick.

Halifax keeper Sam Johnson got a hand to the header, but it had enough power on it to earn Eastleigh all three points.

"It was a big win and a big performance," smiled a delighted Strevens.

The Spitfires are tenth and can carry confidence into Tuesday’s home game against league leaders Leyton Orient (7.45pm).

The Os smashed Havant & Waterlooville 4-0 to leave Lee Bradbury’s men a lowly 22nd in the table.

AFC Totton pulled off an FA Trophy ‘giant-killing’, triumphing 2-1 at Hampshire rivals Gosport Borough in the first qualifying round.

Returning defender Stuart Mott let fly from 30 yards to fire Totton into a 12th-minute lead.

Ryan Pennery levelled matters for Gosport on 22 minutes before Borough player-manager Craig McAllister smacked the crossbar.

The winning goal arrived shortly before the break when Charlie Gunson clipped the ball in for defender Callum Chugg to meet with a thumping header.

Winchester City had to settle for a share of the Evo-Stik Division One South spoils, held 1-1 at home by Highworth Town.

City’s Oli Bailey scored for a third league game running on 44 minutes but, having had a player red-carded, Highworth hit back with an 81st-minute Ash Edenborough penalty.

The Sholing bandwagon rolls on in the Sydenhams Premier Division.

The table-topping Boatmen beat Cowes Sports 3-0 at the Universal Stadium to make it nine wins out of nine.

Dan Mason struck twice and Lee Wort once, leaving the two hitmen level pegging on 24 goals this season.