FAREHAM TOWN grabbed an impressive 2-1 win over Alresford Town at Cams Alders.
Victory took Fareham into the top seven of the Wessex League premier division.
A combination of tough-tackling from the visitors and a strong swirling wind, ensured it was a difficult afternoon for the Reds.
But they came through the test.
And on this performance at least, Matt Parr’s Reds gave every indication they will be a hard nut to crack this season.
The only time they came under pressure after lapses of concentration, they were bailed out by some quality saves from keeper Luke Douglas.
Twice Douglas was called upon to save from Alresford’s Tom Riddell, though he had no chance of saving Warren Bentley’s spot kick late in the match, after the referee decided former Fareham striker Dean Cole had been fouled in the area.
But it proved no more than a consolation for the visitors.
Fareham were already two goals ahead and in cruise control, bossing the play.
Matt Jones so nearly got Fareham off to a perfect start with a shot that Alresford keeper Chris Waller did well to keep out.
Five minutes later, Fareham summer signing Rob Tambling thrashed home an opener from the edge of the area.
The busy Jack Kirby then had a goal-bound shot blocked, before Wayne Boud created another opening for Tambling to beat Waller with a low shot that spun off the keeper into the net.
As Fareham stepped up the pressure, Rob Pitman went close, likewise Tambling who, looking for his first hat-trick with the club, beat Waller, only to see his effort scooped off the line to safety.
After the final whistle, Parr sat his players down in the centre circle and congratulated them on a fine team performance and one that he hopes will set them up perfectly for the tough premier division home clash against Bemerton Heath Harlequins tomorrow (7.45pm).
‘The lads did very well again and showed they can perform to the highest levels and win football matches,’ said Parr.
‘What we have here is a squad of players who have only one thing in mind.
‘That is to get out on the pitch and show they have managed to step up from playing at the likes of Wicor Rec on a Sunday morning to winning matches in the Wessex League with Fareham.
‘And what also sets us up nicely is the fact that they are helped along by my senior players, the likes of Wayne Boud, Ollie Warren, Luke Douglas and Matt Jones, who all pulling together to get things as they should be on match days.’
It was not such a good day for Hayling United as they suffered a 6-0 thrashing at Bemerton Heath Harlequins.