AFC Portchester slipped to a third consecutive Wessex Leagie premier local derby defeat as they lost 5-2 against Fareham Town at Wicor Mill.
The visitors led 3-1 at the break but had to weather some heavy pressure at the start of the second half before making the game safe with two late goals.
Fareham started the brighter and home goalkeeper Jason Plomer had to race off his line to kick the ball way from the onrushing Dougie Rain.
Danny Thompson’s wicked free-kick from the right was deflected narrowly over the bar as the Reds kept up the pressure.
Matt Burt went close again for the visitors, rising unchallenged to head another Thompson cross just over the top.
Portchester danger-man Simon Woods worked himself into a good position but could only scuff his shot straight at Luke Douglas.
The home side roused themselves midway through the half and Liam Horsted sent a long-range curling effort against the bar.
Fareham stopped their revival on 27 minutes, though, with a superbly-taken goal from Bryn McKie.
AFC Portchester lost possession on halfway and McKie was released down the right where he stepped inside and curled a superb shot into the far corner.
The visitors increased their lead eight minutes later with the Portchester defence slow to react.
Thompson’s long-range speculative effort was blocked in the area and Kieran Lewis smashed the loose ball into the roof of the net.
Within a minute the hosts were left shellshocked as Dale Clark turned Gary Austin’s low cross into his own net.
Portchester gave themselves some hope, pulling a goal back on the stroke of half-time through Blu Boam.
Sensing they could still salvage something from the game, the home side piled on the pressure, with Fareham’s defence suddenly looking a little uncertain.
On the hour, Woods went clear and Douglas pushed his shot against the inside of the post.
But the visitors ended Portchester’s fightback on 75 minutes when substitute Mike Dark scored with a drive from just inside the area after a good run by fellow substitute Todd Howard.
Portchester refused to give up and , ive minutes later, substitute Robbie Pitman thumped home an angled shot to make it 4-2.
But Thompson sealed Fareham’s win with a superbly-struck free-kick four minutes from time.