Horndean crashed to a 3-0 defeat against Christchurch at Hurn Bridge in the Wessex League premier division.
Striker Torr Spicer pulled up in the warm up with a calf injury, leaving the visitors lacking a cutting edge.
‘We played some good football but Torr’s absence left us with no-one to finish it off,’ said Horndean boss Dave Carter.
‘It didn’t help that we gifted Christchurch all of their goals.’
Gavin Spurway did well on his debut after joining from Blackfield & Langley, while Aaron Fennemore went closest for the visitors with a shot that was cleared off the goal line.
Fareham Town lost 3-1 at Bournemouth Poppies, though manager Matt Parr was encouraged by their performance.
‘It was a big improvement on some of our recent performances,’ said Parr.
‘The signs were there that things will soon turn around.
‘There were lots of positives to take out of the game.’
Two goals in six minutes, late in the second period, put the Poppies in charge before Rob Pitman gave the visitors a lifeline, 10 minutes from time, with a terrific finish.
The Reds conceded a third goal as they left themselves open, chasing the equaliser.
Hayling United had to settle for a point despite leading twice in their 2-2 home draw against Laverstock & Ford.
‘We were quite lucky in the end, with Lloyd Patilla pulling off two fantastic saves to keep us level,’ said Humbugs manager Lee Paul.
Lee Tigwell put the home side ahead with a spectacular 30-yard volley but Laverstock levelled from the penalty spot.
Josh Case restored the Humbugs’ lead in the second half but they were pegged back a second time.
Luke Middleton’s strike proved in vain as Moneyfields lost 2-1 at GE Hamble.
Moneys had Louis Savage sent off for two bookable offences – both dissent – but manager Miles Rutherford felt his side deserved something from the game.
‘We were a better side with 10 men because we knew we had to be,’ said Rutherford.
‘When we play with a bit more tempo we can be a threat to anybody.’