Torr Spicer hit five goals as Horndean thrashed Fleet Spurs 8-2 in Wessex League division one.
The striker proved too hot for home side Fleet to handle as the Deans kept their promotion drive on track.
‘Since losing against the bottom club a couple of weeks ago we know we can’t afford any more slip-ups,’ said joint manager Dave Carter.
‘With Gary Austin rejoining us and with the likes of Spicer, Graeme Gillman, Alex Milroy and Nathan Paxton we have some awesome firepower.
‘We accept Downton are running away with the league but we are after the second promotion spot.
‘With the squad we have, we feel we could more than easily hold our own in the premier division.’
Aaron Fennemore set the visitors on their way with Graeme Gillman and Gary Austin also on the mark.
AFC Portchester slipped up as they suffered a 3-0 home defeat against promotion rivals Pewsey Vale. Manager Glen Bridgeman felt his side suffered from the pressure he has on their young shoulders.
‘I learned that maybe I have been putting too much pressure on my young side,’ said Bridgeman.
‘They were too frightened to make mistakes.
‘I have told them, in future, to just go out and enjoy themselves.’
United Services stayed in the hunt with a 3-1 win over Tadley Calleva at Burnaby Road.
Paulsgrove lost top spot in the Puma Engineering Hampshire Premier League after their 3-0 defeat at Winchester Castle.
Fleetlands stormed to a 6-1 win at local rivals Locks Heath with Chris Cunningham (2), Nathan Mancell, Elliott Fairweather, Darren Williamson and Mitch Austin hitting the goal trail.
Paul Nomuoja grabbed a late consolation for the hosts.
Clanfield bounced back to winning ways with a 2-1 success at in-form AFC Stoneham with Lee Caldwell notching a double.
Lee Moyce scored late on for the University of Portsmouth but they slumped to a 4-1 home defeat at the hands of fellow students Team Solent.
In the Magnata Care Hampshire League Oliver Sturt and James Freeman scored but Portsmouth RN lost 3-2 at home to Michelmersh & Timsbury while Horndean United went down 2-0 at Durley.