fareham boosted their hopes of a lofty finish in the Wessex League premier division with an emphatic 5-2 win over Romsey Town at Cams Alders.
Two goals from Kieran Lewis and one from Matt Burt put Fareham in command.
But Romsey struck two goals back to bring an edge to the clash until substitute Graham Lindsey hit Fareham’s fourth to seal victory and then Ashley Tattersall added the gloss.
Manager Matt Parr was pleased with his team.
He said: ‘The important thing is we played very well for most of the match and won it comfortably in the end.
‘Three points keeps us on course to where we want to be.’
Lewis netted his double and Burt scored with a header to leave Fareham well in command with an hour played.
Romsey launched their fightback, though, with a Royce Reed penalty and a bullet-header from Gary Bagley.
Parr then introduced Lindsey from the bench and he chased a ball out of defence to cut a through the visiting defence and blast number four.
Heads dropped in the Romsey ranks, as a consequence, and impressive Fareham wing-forward Tattersall netted the best goal of the seven.
He took on the defence single handed to create an opportunity that he duly buried in style.
Even then there was further drama.
In a 60-second spell, the visitors were reduced to just nine men.
Romsey’s Reed was sent off after picking up a second yellow card.
Referee Craig Robson then dismissed Bagley, who had roughed up Fareham’s Burt.
Despite the five goals scored, Parr is looking for a more clinical touch from the Reds.
He said: ‘We created enough chances to have scored five in the first half and the fact that the lads aren’t turning chances into goals is something that we need to put right.
‘The bottom line is we are short of players who can put the ball into the net on a regular basis.
‘But that said, after a sloppy 15 minutes or so when we let Romsey back in the match, two good goals saw us home and dry, which is something I suppose.’