Moneyfields overcame dogged Hayling United resistance to win their Wessex League premier division derby 2-1 at a foggy Dover Road.
First-half goals from Russell Rackley and Dan Gauntlett set them on their way, with Tom Reay reducing arrears for the Humbugs after the break.
Moneys boss Miles Rutherford said: ‘It was a poor game and we blew hot and cold.
‘We made hard work of it but fair play to Hayling, they kept going.’
Hayling remain bottom of the table but boss Lee Paul was encouraged by the display.
He said: ‘Though we lost, it was very encouraging and we have still got 19 games to play.’
The visitors settled first, with the pacy Reay going close.
At the other end, Pabs N’Doye missed the target after a mistake by Nick Edgington.
Midway through the first half the home side made the breakthrough when a stunning strike from Russell Rackley raced into the top corner.
United’s Leroy Williams bounced a shot off the crossbar but five minutes before half-time the hosts tightened their grip on the points.
Hayling cleared a ball off the line but Gauntlett lofted the rebound into the top corner.
The Humbugs hit back just two minutes after the break when Charlie Walker put Reay through and the striker fired underneath Dave Hook.
Tony Harrop kept Hayling’s hopes of a comeback alive with a couple of terrific saves as the home side continued to press.
George Gregory headed over and Gauntlett saw an effort cleared off the line as Moneys kept threatening to the final whistle.
n Fareham and Hamble ASSC meet in the Wessex League premier division at Cams Alders tonight (7.45pm).
The two sides were locked at 1-1 in December when the Reds’ floodlights failed.
‘This will be a good test for us because we need to put a winning run together,’ said Fareham boss Matt Parr.
The hosts are without Jimmy Cuthbert (work commitments) and Dan Byrne (ankle).