Fareham suffered their first away loss of the Wessex premier season after a 1-0 defeat at GE Hamble last night.
An entertaining tussle was settled by the hosts’ 50th-minute winner, while Fareham’s James Roden was also sent off for two yellow cards.
Town’s first effort on goal came on five minutes, with Bryn McKie blazing over the bar.
Hamble – fielding five ex-Fareham players – responded with Town captain Jones almost scoring an own goal, with Luke Douglas having to make a fine save.
As play swung to the other end, Austin was denied by a goalline clearance in a lively opening 15 minutes.
Hesitation in Town’s defence then let in Jarvis but Douglas foiled him, saving with his feet.
In the 50th minute Hamble took the lead when a superb cross from the right was met by Jamie Musselwhite and his bullet header flew into the net, giving Douglas no chance.
Wayne Boud attempted a 25-yard shot, which was comfortably saved.
But then, on 65 minutes, disaster struck for Fareham as former Hamble player Roden was sent off for his second bookable offence.
But despite being a man short, Fareham were still in the game and sub Graham Lindsey missed a great chance to level, spooning the ball over the bar five minutes from the end.