Fareham are bracing themselves for a potential battle for National League survival after suffering a second consecutive Western Conference defeat.
Team Bath Buccaneers, runners-up to perpetual champions Cardiff & Met last season, beat them 4-0 at Henry Cort, where two goals inside three second half minutes decided the outcome.
The result has left Fareham propping up the table, with only one goal scored against ten conceded – and facing a crucial visit from Chichester on Sunday afternoon, 1.30.
Still bruised from their 6-1 mauling at newly promoted Old Georgians, Fareham made an encouraging start, but fell behind in the 16th minute to an open play goal by Oli Woodcock.
Team Bath bossed the remainder of the first half, enjoying territorial pressure but failing to break down a resolute Fareham defence.
Fareham’s best period came in the opening phase of the second half when they forced four unconverted penalty corners alongside squandering the chance of equalising when Alex Boxall set up the Davey brothers, who were unable to make it count.
Predictably, Fareham counted the cost as Matthew Boote and Oli Woodcock scored twice in three minutes before John Verity bagged a late fourth goal.
Disappointed Fareham coach Ben Barnes reflected: “It isn’t panic button time yet and we have played two good sides in Old Georgians and Team Bath, who are always top two.
“We improved on last week’s performance (at Weybridge), but gave away far too much possession again at key times and were made to pay for it.
“We were beaten by a tougher, stronger side and we did not match the pace of their game. “However, we have a young side and I am sure we will learn form this.”
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