Dan Sharpe netted a double to earn Horndean a Wessex League premier division victory at Hamworthy United last night.
He scored a goal in each half before Greg Horlock reduced the deficit for the Hammers and set up a nervy finale.
But Dave Carter’s visitors held on to claim a hard-earned three points.
The Deans had ploughed their way through heavy traffic to arrive at the County Ground just 15 minutes before kick-off last night.
And because of a colour clash, they were forced to use the Hammers’ orange away kit.
From the start – and having had little time to warm up – the visitors were under intense pressure.
Keeper Cameron Scott came to their rescue with a fine near-post save to deny Sam Pekun, who looked favourite to open the scoring.
But on 15 minutes – and after soaking up further pressure – Horndean shook things up by taking the lead.
Tommy Woodward’s fiercely-driven corner was powerfully headed home by Sharpe.
The goal rattled the hosts, who were fortunate not to fall further behind when Woodward fired a shot inches over the crossbar.
Dan Hayes then went close with a flicked header.
And just before the interval – with Horndean bossing the match – Lenny Burney sent a shot fizzing towards the net only for Hammers stopper Andy Knights to pull off a full-length save and keep his side in the game.
On 50 minutes, Horndean wasted a glorious chance to increase their lead – Sharpe’s pinpoint cross leaving Burney with just Knights to beat.
But he powered his shot wide from 10 yards.
Burney quickly made amends, though, when he set up Sharpe to thump a second from point-blank range.
Back came Hamworthy to halve the lead on 70 minutes.
Scott dropped the ball under pressure from Aaron Stacey and Horlock rolled it in to an empty net.
But Horndean’s man of the match Louis Bell ensured his side stayed in front when he got his head to Lee Chudy’s shot to clear off the line.
HAMWORTHY UNITED: Knights, Penny, Lockyer, Horlock, Tayler, Legg, Lanaman, Stacey, Pekun, Allen, Hester. Subs: Sturgess, Saunders, Chudy, Biles, Clarmont
HORNDEAN: Scott, Miroy, Vince, Hayes, Warren, Bell, Spurway, Woodward, Sharpe, Turner, Burney. Subs: Andrews, Hughes