HORNDEAN showed they could compete at Wessex League premier division level with a 2-1 comeback victory at Alresford Town.
Dave Carter’s team made the trip to Arlesbury Park in confident mood after progressing in the FA Cup by beating Verwood Town.
But the home side had shown their mettle with a 4-2 win over title-favourites Winchester City in midweek.
Horndean went behind to a wonderful overhead strike from the impressive Warren Bentley early on.
Aaron Fennemore and Nathan Paxton went close as Horndean roared back.
They equalised when Torr Spicer met Bryn McKie’s pinpoint corner to bury a header high into the Alresford net.
And Horndean grabbed the winner when Dan Smith cracked a shot home from 25 yards.
Carter hailed a superb Horndean victory and is looking for his side to continue their good form with two big matches this week.
Today Horndean host Fareham (3pm) before returning to FA Cup action on Saturday.
Carter said: ‘It was a great day for us to have beaten a very good side and a confidence builder for our league match against Fareham this afternoon and again on Saturday when we play Bridport in the FA Cup.
‘The lads are as determined as me for the club to make the grade in the Wessex Premier League.
‘Our performance at Alresford was just a taste of what we hope is going to be a very eventful season.
‘Yes, we should have won the match more convincingly.
‘But once we had the lead, there was no way my defence was going to surrender it.
‘That’s the spirit we need to get us through a long season with an amount of success.’