MILES RUTHERFORD celebrated Moneyfields’ 3-1 derby triumph over Fareham and insisted: We deserved it.
Dan Hayes sent the rivals in all square at the break after George Gregory had fired Moneys in front at Dover Road.
Then, with their boss expecting to share the spoils, Conor Bailey and Warren Hunt rattled home a quick-fire double to win it.
Rutherford said: ‘We deserved it because of our first half display.
‘Although, I honestly felt we would have to take a draw before the lads stuck to it and won it with their two late goals.’
Fareham’ assistant manager Mickey Cripps thought his side were worthy of a point, though.
He said: ‘We were chasing the game and the third goal finished us.
‘But the lads did well and for me they deserved at least a point for their efforts.’
Moneyfields opened at full tilt with Dean Blake and Warren Hunt engineering a move which left Fareham at the mercy of Bikram Singh.
However, Singh somehow steered his close-range header wide.
Moments later Gregory went even closer for the hosts but his header rattled the Reds’ crossbar.
At the other end, Fareham goal-machine Graham Lindsey was twice denied by fine saves from Dave Hook before Moneyfields stepped up the play.
Fareham’s defence failed to deal with the unmarked Gregory, who neatly controlled the ball before volleying it past keeper Adam Redman to open the scoring.
Hunt, Gregory and Blake all went close to doubling the lead before, on the stroke of half-time, Moneys were hit with a sucker punch.
Against the run of play, Hayes blasted an equaliser across Hook and into the corner.
Sean Dark twice went close to giving the Reds the lead after the break, only for Hook to make two more fine saves.
Dark and Hayes were then replaced by Mark Cotton and Wayne Boud, with the latter soon drawing another fine stop from Hook before the hosts powered to victory.
Bailey crashed a shot into the roof of the net and, to make absolutely certain, Hunt charged clear to thump a third and his 34th goal of the season so far.
Elsewhere, Hayling went down 3-1 at Poole Town.