A lack of composure cost Fareham dear against Cheltenham in National League conference west on Saturday.
That was the verdict of the Henry Cort team’s performance director Ben Barnes after his side slipped to a 2-0 defeat.
Goals from Mike Pierce and Mike Strachan were enough to seal victory for the visitors.
Barnes said: ‘The first goal was key.
‘Once we were behind, we started to chase the game and lacked the required composure to get back into it.’
Fareham enjoyed the majority of possession but were unable to create many clear-cut chances.
Cheltenham, meanwhile, put in a disciplined display and hunted for goals on the counter-attack.
Fareham keeper George Harris had to be alert and made three good saves from close range to ensure the first half ended goalless.
Fareham went close through Danny Rawlins, Shaun Baker and Ben Hibberd before Cheltenham took the lead on 43 minutes.
A shot was saved by Harris but Pierce steered home the rebound.
The lead was doubled seven minutes later when Strachan converted a fine move down the right flank.
And Fareham were unable to find a way back into the match.
Elsewhere, the club’s second string beat Chichester II 5-0, despite fielding a below strength team in the South League Hampshire/Surrey regional division one clash.
Chris Davey scored a hat-trick, while Alex Baxter, and Kent Langridge also hit the target.
The third team travelled to Gosport in Hampshire League division one and won 5-2, thanks to doubles from Luke Gould and Nick Cope and a Jude Coates strike.
Meanwhile, the fourths beat Fleet & Ewshot 4-1 in division three, with goals coming from Jamie Fox, Alan Shorthouse, George Davey and Jamie Young.
A hat-trick from Simon Tavender and goals by Tim Tavender, Oli Nicholls and Mikey Elliot saw Fareham V beat Southampton III 6-1 in the division four.