Fareham Town hauled themselves out of the Wessex League premier division relegation spots with a crucial 1-0 win over Blackfield & Langley at Cams Alders this evening.
A Callum Laycock header just before half-time proved enough to give the Reds three precious points.
The win lifted them above Christchurch and maintained the gap on bottom club Totton & Eling, who also won.
‘This is a massive win for us,’ said Fareham manager Matt Parr.
‘It is the first time since virtually the start of the season that we have been out of the bottom two.
‘It wasn’t pretty at times but if we are to stay up, we will have to fight for everything.
This win only strengthens our belief further that we can stay upFareham Town boss Matt Parr
‘The players showed that they are up for it after this performance.’
Parr thought it wasn’t going to be the Reds’ night again when Bradey Norton missed an early penalty after Ash Tattersall had been brought down.
Norton made up for it by providing the cross for Laycock to head home.
‘In the second half it was backs to the wall stuff at times but we held out,’ said Parr.
’This win only strengthens our belief further that we can stay up.
‘We can’t rest on our laurels, though, because there is still a lot of hard work to be done in the remaining games.’
Meanwhile, Horndean manager Dave Carter was left frustrated after the referee refused to allow their game against Alresford Town go ahead.
Match official Paula Wyatt adjudged the Five Heads Park pitch to be too dangerous and called the game off shortly before kick-off.
‘The referee wasn’t happy with some of the pot holes and divots in the pitch,’ said Carter.
‘We played on the pitch a few weeks ago when it was wet and when it dried out quickly it caused problems.
‘We spent an hour and a half working on the pitch trying to put it right but the official still wasn’t happy.
‘Both teams were there and wanted to play but it just didn’t happen.
‘I am amazed but these things happen.
‘Our groundsman Mick Oliver reckons he has experienced nothing like it in his 60 years with the club.
‘Not only can we expect a big fine from the league but we also have to find a time to replay the game.
‘We are running out of spaces to fit extra games in.
‘Fortunately our next four games are away.’