Fareham are off the mark – and off the bottom of the National Men’s League Western Conference table.
A 3-0 win at Chichester was their first win of the season and takes them into ninth place in the log and above newly promoted University of Bristol, albeit on goal difference, going into the mid-season break.
Relieved Head Coach Ben Barnes emphasised how important the win over Chichester was.
“You could feel the relief in the group afterwards, not just the players and management, but the guys from the club who made the short trip into West Sussex,” he said.
“What was even more pleasing and encouraging was the quality of the performance. “Chichester have some very dangerous players but we kept them quiet by defending as a unit.
“In the past month we have steadily improved, but had little to show for it – against Chichester it was a culmination of the group’s efforts.
“There is still plenty of work to do to avoid relegation, but getting off the bottom and keeping in touch with the teams around us is very significant going in to the Christmas break.”
Fareham took a 22nd minute lead through James Seager and increased it early in the second half with a goal created by the three Rawlings brothers.
Jamie aerialed the ball to elder sibling Danny, who set up younger brother Scott to score his first Western Conference goal.
Seager’s third goal wrapped it up for Fareham, whose second team completed a double over Chichester with their first Hampshire/Sussex Regional Division 1 victory.
George Davey (2), Callum McInally (2), Ben Cooper, Kieran Page and Tom Seabold scored for Fareham, who remain bottom despite their victory.
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