Fareham were beaten 2-1 by Bemerton Heath Harlequins at Cams Alders last night.
Substitute Tom Winzar grabbed a late consolation for the hosts but the visitors proved too good in the end.
Reds boss Matt Parr was forced to make several changes for the Wessex League premier division clash due to injury and unavailability.
He also had tonight’s Portsmouth Senior Cup derby with Gosport Borough at Privett Park (7.45pm) in the back of his mind. Fareham almost made a dream start, though, when they forced a mistake from visiting keeper Fred Toomer.
Toomer lost out on a one-on-one with Sean Dark but was fortunate to see the ball loop just wide of the target.
The response was immediate from the visitors, with Jack Slade thumping a shot against an upright and Kane O’Keefe shooting wide with the goal at his mercy.
On 30 minutes – after Wayne Boud had angled an effort just wide for the Reds – Bemerton netted.
After gaining a fortuitous free-kick on the edge of the box, Jack Eves stepped up to send them into the break in front.
The second half was five minutes old when Bemerton doubled their advantage – again from a free-kick – as Dan Young applied the finish with a far-post header.
Parr brought Ashley Tattershall and Rob Tambling off the bench.
And Fareham did manage to pull a goal back on 89 minutes – when substitute Tom Winzar hammered the ball in from close range.
But Bemerton defended deep to secure the points, with Reds’ Rob Stock sent off in the dying moments for a second bookable offence.
FAREHAM: Douglas, Wall, Barnes-Andrews, Pittman, Jones, Stock, Boud, Kirby, Dark, Stevens, Cuthbert. Subs: Tattershall, Redman, Tambling, Winzar, Vickers.
BEMERTON: Toomer, Metcalfe, Eves, Newman, Fisher, Mankin, Young, O’Keefe, Slade, Sanger, Williams. Subs: Thomas, Crisp, Cottel