Parr delighted as Fareham show class

James Roden scored for Fareham. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (122660-7)
James Roden scored for Fareham. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (122660-7)
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Matt Parr insists Fareham have proved their class after denting the title hopes of Downton for the second time this season.

The Reds completed a Wessex League premier division double over the Wiltshire outfit with a 3-2 win at Cams Alders.

After trailing the joint leaders 2-1 at the interval, second-half goals from James Roden and Kieron Lewis earned them all three points.

And Parr revealed his delight at the turnaround, which owed much to a clever tactical switch by the management team.

The boss said: ‘I switched Bryn McKie inside and told the lads to play up the pitch to squeeze the middle third.

‘I thought we dominated after the break and were well worth the win.

‘It’s a mark of how this team can play that we’ve done the double over Downton this season.

‘We’ve lacked a bit of confidence at the start of games and on Saturday it was the same.

‘We conceded two sloppy goals and the break came at the right time for us.

‘But the result keeps us on the tails of the top six and sets us up nicely for the derby with Portchester tomorrow night.’

Declan McGregor had already missed a couple of good chances before he was sent clear by Matt Holmes to fire Downton into an 18th-minute lead.

It took the home side 25 minutes to muster a decent shot on target.

But they were level on the half hour thanks to Graham Lindsey’s penalty after Dougie Rowe had been fouled.

Vince Rusher curled Downton back in front within five minutes, though, and for a while the home side wobbled.

However, some wise words at half-time had the desired effect and the Creeksiders ran the game after the break.

On 53 minutes, Roden forced home the equaliser after McKie’s shot had stuck in the mud – and 10 minutes later, Lewis smashed home a loose ball for the winner.

The games involving Hayling and Horndean were postponed.