FAREHAM TOWN suffered a sixth-successive defeat as they were beaten 3-1 at Christchurch in the Wessex League premier division.
Reds boss Matt Parr was not downbeat, however.
He praised his side’s performance and believes they will find their form to avoid a relegation scrap.
‘Our performance was outstanding and only an inspired display from their goalkeeper stopped us getting something,’ said Parr.
‘I couldn’t ask any more from my players, who all came off the pitch without an ounce of energy left.
‘We have the quality and battling attitude to keep us out of trouble.
‘There is no panic because we know we are building for the future.
‘Christchurch are one of the top sides in our league and we outplayed them.’
The visitors felt Christchurch’s first goal was offside but the hosts added two more before Wayne Boud grabbed a consolation, three minutes from time.
Horndean are also hovering dangerously close to the relegation zone after losing 4-1 at Romsey Town.
The visitors’ cause wasn’t helped when substitute Nathan Paxton was sent off, only 30 seconds after coming on, midway through the second half.
‘We were poor but it didn’t help having key players missing and others playing out of position,’ said boss Dave Carter.
‘You can’t get away with that against the top sides.
‘I don’t think we have got anything to worry about because once I get all my players back we can get back up to midtable.’
Horndean conceded twice in the opening 20 minutes before Alex Miroy pulled a goal back with a 35th-minute penalty.
Paxton’s dismissal ended the visitors’ hopes and Romsey added two more goals before the end.
Basement club Hayling United remain three points adrift at the bottom after a 3-0 loss at Bournemouth Poppies.
The Humbugs’ best chance fell to striker Lenny Burney but his shot was well saved.