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Fareham Town made progress in the FA Cup with a 3-0 derby success over Wessex League premier division rivals Hayling United.

Goals from James Roden, Bryn McKie and Jack Kirby ensured Fareham booked a visit to Southern League outfit Wimborne Town in the preliminary round.

But it was a miserable weekend for the Humbugs.

They surrendered home advantage as problems with the College Ground pitch saw the match switched to Cams Alders.

And not surprisingly boss Steve Poulton was unhappy with the performance from his team.

‘Our marking was abysmal and we virtually handed Fareham the tie by not marking as they took a two-goal lead,’ said Poulton.

‘I didn’t see enough from my side to ever look like pulling the goals back.

‘It is a massive disappointment, given the quality players we brought here to perform.

‘But we are here (at Fareham) again on Friday for a Wessex League Cup match.

‘I will be making sure the team I select will at least be able to hold their heads up afterwards – whatever the result.’

Fareham’s Roden was given all the time and space he needed to meet a Dave Birmingham corner to open the scoring on the half-hour mark.

And almost before the celebrations were over, Hayling’s defence stood back and watched McKie turn and power home number two from the edge of the penalty area.

Everything Hayling tried usually broke down in the final third of the pitch.

But skipper Josh Case, whose fine example was ignored by many of his team-mates, at least forced Fareham keeper Luke Douglas into a flying save.

Hayling sub Gavin Keogh forced Douglas into another spectacular save late on in the contest.

That was before Fareham added gloss to the victory with a late wonder strike.

Kirby took a pass from Wayne Boud and rocketed his shot into the roof of the Hayling net.

Fareham boss Matt Parr was delighted with the win, as the club pocketed the £1,000 prize money for progressing through the extra preliminary round.

Parr said: ‘It is important for this club to go as far as we can in the FA Cup.

‘I thought my lads more than deserved to win by the margin they did.

‘We have to play Hayling here again on Friday in the league cup.

‘So I will be expecting more of the same from my team.’

HAYLING: Hutchings, Black, Vince, Case, Gadd, Baker, Martin, Kinchen, Easton, Burney, Tigwell. Subs: Turvey, Keogh, Luff, Faye

FAREHAM: Douglas, Martin, Birmingham, Shrimpton, Lewis, Jones, Roden, Hibbert, Lindsey, Tattershall, McKie. Subs: Pitman, Boud, Thompson, Kirby, Burt, Stevens, Redman