Matt Parr lauded his ‘patched-up’ Fareham as they netted a third consecutive Wessex League premier division win last night.
Goals from Sam Doswell and Bryn McKie sealed a 2-0 triumph over New Milton Town at Cams Alders.
And Parr was delighted after he had been forced into a raft of changes – one down to Wayne Boud celebrating the birth of son Alfie earlier in the evening.
‘With a patched-up side, I thought we did exceptionally well,’ said the Reds boss.
‘In fact, had we taken more of our chances we could have had at least half a dozen.
‘But at the end of the day, another three points helps move us up the table.’
The young players drafted in to the Reds’ side settled quickly and Doswell tucked them ahead on 10 minutes as New Milton failed to clear a cross.
Another youngster, keeper Todd Howard, then preserved the lead with a full-length stop from the visiting winger Adam Roberts.
Graham Lindsey and Dougie Rowe then went close to extending Fareham’s lead before McKie blazed a glorious chance over the bar from point-blank range.
As half-time approached – and with as New Milton searching for a leveller – Callum Holloway flashed a shot just wide.
The visitors came out fired up after the break and Howard – playing just his fourth first-team game – again showed his potential when beating out a volley from Roberts.
In an effort to give Lindsey more support up front, Parr then brought Tom Winzar off the bench.
And after both he and Lindsey had squandered further chances, Winzar won a free-kick on the edge of the box and up stepped McKie to blast the ball home.
Fareham Town: Howard, Austin, Cuthbert, Roden, Doswell, Hibberd, Cripps, Stevens, Lindsey, Rowe, McKie. Subs: Lilley, Winzar, Spears, Bunton
New Milton Town: Hannides, Blackburn, Embree, Barge, Pidgley, De’Ath, Eggerton, Brooker, Holloway, Donaldson, Roberts. Subs: Sampays, Rands, Thomson, Curtis