Steve Cammack was the hero as his goal gave Fareham Town a 1-0 Wessex League victory over Fawley.
Matt Parr’s Reds were forced to make a change after just five minutes when Mark Cotton went off injured.
And his replacement Cammack was quick to make his presence felt, linking up with skipper Matt Jones to give Rob Tambling an opportunity that he fired over.
Cammack then cut a path through to set up Wayne Boud, who wasted a great chance by firing wide.
As the second half got underway, Tambling was inches away from converting a Boud cross at the near post.
And just when it looked as though Fareham would have to share the points, Cammack broke the deadlock. He followed up his first shot that had hit the crossbar to rifle in the rebound and earn his side three valuable points.
‘We had a game-plan to stop them scoring and took the only real chance that came our way to win the match,’ said Parr. ‘It wasn’t pretty by our usual standards but the three points moves us further up the league table.’
n Horndean suffered last minute heartbreak as they slipped to a 1-0 Wessex Premier defeat against league leaders Winchester City.
The hosts looked on course for a surprise point when disaster struck at the death.
Aaron Fennemore’s tackle was adjudged inside the area and the visitors made no mistake from the penalty spot.
‘It was heartbreaking,’ said Horndean manager Dave Carter. ‘We have more than matched a side who are top of the league and favourites to win it by a mile.’