Gosport Borough edged to a close-fought 2-1 win at Southern League Poole Town on Saturday.
Justin Bennett gave the Privett Park outfit a first-half lead from the penalty spot after Neil Martin was adjudged to have handled at a corner.
The hosts made six changes at the break and were rewarded with an equaliser.
Borough failed to defend Micky Hubbard’s corner and Michael Walker headed home.
Triallist Matt Paterson grabbed a winner for Gosport, though – neatly nipping in to round the keeper and fire home.
‘It was a good work out on a very hot and humid day,’ said assistant manager Mick Catlin.
‘Poole are a good side capable of stretching you on their massive pitch.
‘We are pleased we defended well, particularly in the first half when they passed the ball better and had more possession.
‘For all their possession our keeper Nathan Ashmore hardly had a save to make.
‘In the second half, we saw more of the ball and by being direct caused them a few more problems.
‘We opened them up on a number of occasions and could have scored more.’
Stuart Green missed a great chance in the closing stages and Jack Odam headed against the crossbar.
Paterson, who spent a month on loan with the Hawks last season while with Conference Premier Aldershot Town, is a free agent.
Borough were pleased with his efforts and will take another look at him against Sholing on Tuesday night.
‘We are having a look at him and may try to tie down a deal,’ said Catlin.
‘He worked very hard and certainly took his goal well.
‘At 24 he is the right age and is a good lad with a good pedigree.’
Paterson made five appearances for Southampton in 2008-09 before signing for Southend United.
After loan spells with Stockport County, Hamilton and Forest Green Rovers he moved to Burton Albion in August 2012.
A year later he signed for Aldershot, scoring twice in 12 appearances.