Fareham coach Ben Barnes praised his side’s never-say-die attitude despite their National League conference west defeat at the hands of Team Bath Buccaneers.
The Henry Cort side, who opened their account with a 3-1 win against Barford Tigers the previous weekend, travelled west to last season’s runners up as underdogs.
But they returned home disappointed not to have got something from the game after a spirited display on the road.
Fareham went 2-0 down when Tim Davenport and Liam Sandford struck but reduced the deficit thanks to an Alex Boxall effort.
The visitors were then camped in the hosts’ half as they searched for an equaliser.
But their hopes were dashed when Davenport scored on the counter-attack with three minutes to go.
‘I was disappointed we lost the game,’ said Barnes.
‘We need to be able to take our chances in front of goal and sharpen up our penalty-corner routine.
‘However, I was pleased with our commitment and team spirit throughout the game.
‘And we rattled Bath in the second half by keeping our shape and discipline.
‘The third goal flattered them at the end.’
Despite having the majority of the possession in the first half, Bath rarely threatened the Fareham goal until three minutes before the break, when Davenport converted a penalty corner.
This gave the home side the initiative after the restart, enabling them to score through Sandford.
But, to their credit, Fareham refused to give up and reduced the deficit with the goal of the game.
Boxall applied the finishing touch after good work from Chris Boyland and Chris Davey.
The goal turned the match on its head, with three Bath players yellow-carded and Fareham putting pressure on the home goal.
However, it was Bath who went on to seal victory after Davenport broke free to put the game beyond Fareham’s reach.
n Fareham Ladies endured a difficult afternoon on the first day of the South Club’s Women’s League as they went down 8-0 to Basingstoke in division 3B.
Havant’s ladies also suffered defeat, going down 2-1 at Woking in division one.
Verity Holder equalised for the Barncroft Way outfit before Woking netted the winner with their second penalty corner goal.