MONEYFIELDS took the derby spoils with a 1-0 Wessex League premier division success over Fareham Town.
Conor Bailey’s 56th-minute goal proved enough to settle the contest.
And had they finished off their good creative work, Moneys would have won by a greater margin.
Bailey, Luke Middleton and Steve Hutchings all missed early chances.
But the goal they did score was well worth waiting for.
It arrived just a few seconds after Fareham were appealing, in vain, for a penalty at the other end.
When Moneyfields cleared the danger, the ball was played through to Jamie Hore.
He surged clear of a Fareham defence before unselfishly picking out Bailey, who easily beat keeper Adam Redman from close range.
Moneys boss Miles Rutherford was not impressed by his side’s display but enjoyed the outcome.
He said: ‘Again we didn’t play well but at least it got us over our shocking display in the Russell-Cotes Cup against the University of Portsmouth.’
At times the match threatened to boil over.
But referee Andy Dine kept things largely under control.
Experienced Fareham man Wayne Boud always looked likely to hold the key to the Reds getting something from the game.
He provided plenty of ammunition with several dangerous crosses into the penalty box but sadly for Fareham they were unable to capitalise.
And even though the menacing Boud ran himself into the ground, the support he desired was not there.
Fareham striker Rob Tambling came off the bench late on.
But Moneyfields dealt with him to see out the remaining 15 minutes and take the points.
‘We didn’t deserve anything because of not creating much and what we did was wasted in the final third of the pitch,’ said Fareham manager Parr.
‘We lost with a poor performance in the cup over at East Cowes Vics in midweek and weren’t much better against Moneyfields.
‘It cost us the match against a better side on the day.’