Manager Steve Stone felt his Fareham Town battlers were unfortunate to suffer a 2-1 Wessex League premier division defeat at Sholing Sports.
Danny Thompson converted a last-minute penalty for the Reds but it proved too little too late.
Despite the defeat Stone felt he could take a lot of positives from the game.
‘It was a much improved performance and we felt we deserved to come away with a point,’ said Stone.
‘We had a totally rejigged defence out there with people playing out of position.
‘Things seem to be going against us at the moment though.
‘After starting well we conceded a goal and then had a blatant penalty shout for hand ball turned down.
‘We also created three good chances which we didn’t take.
‘Then Sholing hit us with a second goal just before half-time from a set-play.
‘We dominated the second half but couldn’t find a way through until the very end.’
A much-changed Moneyfields slipped to a 1-0 defeat against Hamworthy United at Dover Road.
With Tuesday night’s FA Vase replay at Brimscombe & Thrupp very much in mind manager Dave Carter rested the bulk of his squad.
‘We only had two players out there who will be playing in the Vase game,’ said Carter.
‘It is still disappointing because it is the first time I have been beaten in a league game this season at either of my two clubs.
‘We should have won because we had lots of possession but didn’t create enough opportunities.
‘Hamworthy defended deep and managed to keep us at bay.’
The winning goal arrived 10 minutes from the end when Moneys failed to defend a corner.
Horndean are the league leaders at Christmas despite seeing their home game against Cowes Sports postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.