Fareham boss Matt Parr was full of praise for his side after their 2-0 victory against Totton & Eling on the opening day of the Wessex League premier division season.
Goals from Wayne Boud and Graham Lindsey earned the Reds three points, leaving Parr purring about what could be this season at Cams Alders.
‘The lads have shown me what they are capable of and have set a standard that, if we are to win anything this season, they must produce in every match from here on in,’ said Parr.
‘Credit to them and yes, it was two of our senior players in Graham Lindsey and Wayne Boud who scored the goals, but take nothing away from the rest of the team who got stuck in and played their part.’
Dave Carter’s Horndean were several holidaying regulars short for the visit of Christchurch to Five Heads Park and his patched-up side paid the price as they lost 3-1 to Christchurch.
The visitors raced into a three-goal lead before Rob Desalt grabbed a late consolation.
‘To start the season this early caught us out as many of my squad are still away abroad on holiday,’ said Carter.
‘In fact, I’ve only just come back from mine in time to name a side.
‘Christchurch are a very good side but had we been given a couple of definite penalties, then I feel sure we would have got something out of the match.’
Hayling United also suffered an opening-day defeat, going down 4-3 to Newport IOW.
The Humbugs had gone ahead through Lee Tigwell before the home side turned up the heat to lead 2-1 after 55 minutes. Hayling came storming back, though, and Tigwell got in behind the Newport defence to equalise.
Two further strikes from the hosts looked to have put the match out of sight for Hayling but, late on, Mike Turvey popped up to make it 4-3 to leave Newport nervously hanging on for the closing minutes.
‘We went close to getting something from the match but, to be fair, Newport look a very good side and could do well this season,’ said Hayling boss Steve Poulton.
In friendly matches, Dan Woodward was on the scoresheet for Gosport Borough as they lost 3-1 to North Leigh at Privett Park and Fleetlands defeated a youthful-looking Moneyfields side 4-2 at Lederle Lane.
– DAVE KEMP