Dave Carter hailed Horndean’s defensive strength after they claimed a fine away victory at Hamworthy United on Saturday.
With the games involving Moneyfields, Hayling, AFC Portchester and Fareham all falling victim to the weather, the Deans were the region’s only team to play in the Wessex League premier division.
They made the most of the trip by romping to a 4-0 success at the County Ground.
Rob Desport, Aaron Fennemore, Dan Hayes and Matt Andrews all netted.
And while Carter reckons his team could have heaped further misery on their hosts, he chose to focus on a well-deserved clean sheet.
‘These lads continue to show me they have grown into a very competent side since winning promotion a couple of seasons ago,’ he said.
‘The important thing for me is the way we defended.
‘Hamworthy weren’t given a sniff of a goal and to come away having kept a clean sheet was a credit to the quality of our defence.
‘Once we pushed them and took the lead, there was no way back and with a little more luck, we could have won by six or seven.
‘But to take another three points away from home is what it’s all about and I will be looking for more of the same in our remaining matches.’
Back-to-back victories on the road have eased Carter’s men away from the relegation zone – and effectively guaranteed another season at the league’s top table.
And they did it in a style, following up a 3-1 midweek win at Romsey Town with a performance that suggested there is more to come.
Such was the gulf in quality between the sides, the final score flattered the Hammers, who hardly troubled Deans keeper Derek Harding.
Harding’s inactivity owed much to a solid rearguard, in which Jake Burden and Neil Perkins were outstanding.
Fennemore’s 25-yard rocket opened the scoring on 30 minutes and Hayes headed a second 10 minutes later.
Substitute Desport then turned his marker to fire home before Jack Warren teed up Andrews to complete the scoring from close range.