FAREHAM lost 3-1 at Wessex League premier division leaders Winchester City after two mad moments from keeper Luke Douglas.
Matt Parr’s Reds were just 15 minutes away from earning a point against the high-fliers but two inexplicable errors of judgement proved costly.
Youngster Douglas will surely take responsibility after he ventured outside his penalty area to gift the hosts their second goal and 10 minutes later conceded an unnecessary penalty, which Gary Fulker converted.
The talented number one has given quality service this season and looked in great form before his moments of madness.
He confidently denied Zak Glasspool twice and bravely thwarted Jamie Brown.
Former Pompey defender Guy Butters saw his Winchester side just about edge the first half and a neat near-post header by Mike Dixon earned them an interval lead.
But it took Fareham just five minutes of the second half to find an equaliser.
Danny Thompson’s fine corner to the near post was met by Nathan Kirby, who powerfully headed home.
With Winchester looking vulnerable, Fareham looked set to strike a major upset.
Parr sent on Gary Austin and Mark Cotton to add fuel to his busy strike force.
But it was not to be as Sol Asakje lobbed the ball over Douglas for Brown to head into an empty net before Fulker’s penalty wrapped up the points.
At the final whistle, Parr chose to highlight the positives rather than the negatives in a Fareham performance that, on another day, would have applied the brakes to Winchester’s promotion bid.
‘I told the lads at the final whistle how proud I was to be their manager and that their performance was what makes everything so worthwhile,’ said Parr.
‘Yes, we could have won the match but the lads never gave up and even at 3-1 behind, went close to dragging a point back.
‘We can take a lot from our display and anything like a repeat performance will hopefully get us a result tomorrow night at Fleet Spurs in the Russell-Cotes Cup.’