DERBY HONOURS were shared as Fareham Town and Horndean drew 0-0 in the Wessex League premier division at Cams Alders.
It was the second time this season that the two sides have failed to net against each other.
The draw ensured Fareham maintained their unbeaten start to 2012 and manager Matt Parr felt it was a fair result.
‘We had two very good chances to win it in the first half and Horndean had the same in the second,’ said Parr.
‘Both teams were hard to break down because we know each other so well.
‘Horndean took control of the midfield after the break and we lost our supremacy.’
Dave Birmingham made a good debut at full-back for the Reds.
Horndean manager Dave Carter was disappointed with the way his side played in the first half.
‘It wasn’t a good start from us and we were very sloppy,’ said Carter.
‘We tried to play too much football on a heavy pitch.
‘In the second half we went more direct and turned them around.
‘We missed two one-on-ones and hit the woodwork.’
Dan Hayes went close to winning it for Horndean, 10 minutes from time, when his shot rebounded back off the inside of the post.
Haye’s misery was complete in the final minute when he was sent off for a second bookable offence.
Two late goals cost Hayling United as they lost 3-1 at third-placed GE Hamble.
The Humbugs shook their high-flying hosts by racing into a third-minute lead.
Lee Tigwell headed in Aaron Kinchen’s cross.
Goalkeeper Lloyd Patilla pulled off a good penalty save midway through the half but the home side equalised before half-time.
Two goals in the final seven minutes then condemned Hayling to a first defeat under new manager Steve Poulton.
‘It was another good performance even though it was backs to the wall at times,’ said Poulton.
‘Against most sides in our league that would have been good enough to win but the top six sides possess so much firepower it is difficult to keep them out.’