Barnes hails Fareham spirit

Fareham goalscorer Josh Godfrey Picture: Mick Young
Fareham goalscorer Josh Godfrey Picture: Mick Young
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Ben Barnes praised his side’s character as Fareham came from a goal down in difficult conditions to see off Guildford in the National League conference west.

Goals from Josh Godfrey and James Seager cancelled out Dan Platter’s opener for the visitors as the Henry Cort side extended their unbeaten run to five games.

That sees Fareham move up to fifth in the league standings – a position that might have seemed unattainable just weeks ago after three successive defeats to their league campaign.

Confidence has been steadily growing in the Fareham ranks, however, and performance director Barnes is delighted with the character being shown by his side.

‘I am delighted with the result given the conditions,’ he said.

‘We would have liked to have scored more goals in front of a good home crowd but it was not to be.

‘We can and should still improve on moving the ball into the opposition’s D.

‘However, we still managed to get a result and nullify Guildford’s threat on the break in the second half.

‘We are now playing with a lot more confidence than when we started the season and this result means we are unbeaten in the last five.

‘Next week’s game away to Bath is a big challenge but we are playing well and there is competition for places so we can look forward to this match and see if we can get a result and extend our unbeaten run further.’

Fareham started strongly and dominated possession but fell behind on 18 minutes after a mistake by Danny Rawlings.

His misplaced pass set up a Guildford counter-attack, which Platter converted with ease.

The visitors’ lead lasted only four minutes, however, when Godfrey had enough time and space to convert Jamie Rawlings’ cross following a free hit.

Three minutes later, Fareham took the lead when Seager made no mistake – shooting low and left into the net – from a penalty corner.

In the second half, the hosts continued to dominate, with Godfrey and Jamie Rawlings going close.

However, Fareham were unable to extend their lead further as Guildford stayed strong to limit the damage.