(From the Daily Echo) If anyone can inspire promotion-hungry Eastleigh to a priceless home win over Gateshead on Saturday (3pm) it’s their ‘head boy’ Paul McCallum.

The Spitfires’ National League play-off flame has been dimmed – though not extinguished – by three successive defeats, but it’s not for want of trying by their 25-goal top scorer who has netted three in the last two games.

McCallum’s two midweek headers at his former club Leyton Orient should have been enough to bank the Spitfires all three points.

But, for the second time in four days, they surrendered a winning position to lose a Brisbane Road thriller 3-2, following on from a 4-2 loss at AFC Fylde.

McCallum’s aerial threat won’t have gone unnoticed by Orient fans. With four games to go, he is just one goal behind AFC Fylde’s Danny Rowe in the race for the golden boot.

Boss Ben Strevens said: “That’s 25 goals for Macca and 19 of them have been headers.

“Credit to him. Last year was tough for him for a number of reasons, but Hess (former boss Andy Hessenthaler) and I have been consistent in saying that as long as he gets the right service he’ll score goals.

“I spoke to a couple Orient fans before the game and they said there were question marks over Paul’s attitude and that he was always injured.

“But I said ‘listen, there’s no attitude problem. He’s a lovely lad. He’s quite laid-back so people might think he doesn’t care – but he does care.’”

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