Fareham Town boss Matt Parr reflected on his side’s first Wessex League premier division point and promised: Our season starts now.
Graham Lindsey’s goal earned the hosts a 1-1 draw with Folland Sports at the third time of asking, following defeats to Whitchurch United and Winchester City.
Parr said: ‘We did well.
‘I’m pleased with the point – it was a fair reflection of the game.
‘This is really the start of the season for us.’
The first chance of the game arrived on five minutes when Fareham’s Wayne Boud tried his luck from long range, but his strike failed to trouble visiting keeper Ben Kneller.
Folland’s Jamie Barron then fired a free-kick over on 10 minutes, while George Colson came close to breaking the deadlock for the hosts moments later, when his long-range effort was stopped.
Fareham were ahead soon after, though, when Rudi Plummer did brilliantly down the right wing to find Graham Lindsey, who made no mistake from close range.
The hosts’ lead didn’t last long, however, as Fareham keeper Luke Douglas punched a Follands shot into the path of Matt Burt, who made no mistake with the equaliser to ensure both sides entered the interval on level terms.
The visitors’ second-half substitute, Richard Gregory, fired a long-range effort just wide after the hour mark.
At the other end, Boud’s corner for the hosts found skipper Ian Humble but his header was desperately cleared off the line.
Colson and Plummer then had chances in the closing stages but Parr’s men were forced to settle for a maiden point – rather than all three.
Elsewhere in the Wessex League premier division, Dan Hayes and Ellis Martin’s goals earned unbeaten Horndean a 2-2 draw with Newport.
Meanwhile, winless Bognor lost 2-1 in the Ryman League premier division despite Alex Parsons’ composed strike.