Stuart Green was the hat-trick hero as Moneyfields bounced back from surrendering a two goal lead to snatch a 3-2 derby victory at Fareham.
The Copnor side were on course for a comfortable win only to be pegged back by two John Wilson penalties in the space of five minutes.
However, man-of-the-match Green capped an entertaining second half by taking advantage of a defensive mistake to smash home an 86th-minute winner.
Steve Hutchings was a constant thorn in the Reds’ side, too, and Moneys boss Miles Rutherford was full of praise for the dangerous duo.
‘They were the difference between the two teams,’ he said.
‘Fareham were the better side for the opening 15 minutes but once we took the lead we looked comfortable.
‘At 2-0 I thought there was no danger of us losing the game.
‘The first penalty was harsh but the second was a stonewall spot-kick.
‘All credit to our players for battling back to get the winner, though.’
The four-goal second period was in stark contrast to an opening 45 minutes that saw both sides struggle to find their rhythm on a pitch not suited to a passing game.
Green’s 15th-minute opener was the only action of note.
He beat Luke Douglas to Dan Gauntlett’s deflected effort and scooped the ball into the net.
The quality improved after the break, though, and the visitors increased their lead five minutes after the restart following good work from Hutchings. Initially the striker was credited with the goal but after the game the Moneys management confirmed Green got the final touch.
There seemed little way back for the home side until Ashley Tattersall was brought down twice and Wilson confidently struck home the spot-kicks.
But there efforts were in vain as Green grabbed the winner, leaving Fareham boss Matt Parr philosophical.
‘That was a typical, tight derby,’ he said.
‘The pitch is not suited for a passing game at the moment and play was a bit messy and scrappy at times.
‘But what the game lacked in quality it made up for in effort.
‘I think the Portchester match on Thursday took a bit out of us.
‘Both sides made mistakes and unfortunately we made one more than they did.’