Fareham have ended their England Hockey Western Conference season on a positive note with a nerve jangling 3-2 win at Havant and a drama packed 3-3 draw with Team Bath Buccaneers.
They survived a late penalty stroke miss to cling on to a double-clinching victory at Havant and scored in the dying seconds to share the spoils with Bath.
The Havant derby burst into life with three goals in the opening ten minutes - a Niall Stott penalty corner conversion and a second goal by George Davey soon after wiping out the early lead Matt Cox gave Havant from a short corner.
Fareham called the tune in the opening 35 minutes and when teenager Will Jones scored his maiden goal straight after the second half restart it looked curtain for Havant, 3-1 down.
But Havant bossed the second period without penetrating the Fareham defence for long periods.
Fareham played for last nine minutes with ten men - Stott being yellow carded - and conceded a second through Portsmouth Grammar School's Ethan Hoddle.
Havant looked set to snatch a draw when they got a late penalty stroke, but Maciej Janiszewski fired wide of George Harris's goal to enable Fareham to run out 3-2 winners in front of a big floodlit crowd.
Chris Davey went from zero to hero and snatched a late equaliser in Fareham's 3-3 draw with Team Buccaneers.
The local window cleaner was disciplined by Fareham after his double yellow card in the recent 4-2 defeat by champions Exeter University, but wiped the slate clean with his dramatic equaliser against Bath.
Fareham made a superb start with Luke Cornish scoring in the opening minute, but Bath hit back immediately through Adam Croutear and turned round 2-1 up through a Cameron Heald penalty stroke.
"We looked to be impatient before half-time, but very much deserved to be back in the game in the second half," reflected Fareham coach Ben Barnes.
James Seager came off the substitute's bench and restored parity in the 56th minute - a fine individual move with Martin Gough.
Only for Croutear to score a third for Team Bath two minutes from time and against the run of play.
But with the umpires checking their watches, Fareham got their equaliser with a splendid team goal scored by Chris Davey and involving Danny Rawlings, Cornish and younger brother George.
Barnes said: "The whole team stepped up in the second half and the momentum had shifted in our favour. The tempo of the game went up markedly.
"We've had good results in the last three games, and hopefully we can take plenty of positives into our England Hockey Cup semi-final at Reading on Sunday April 8 and the Hampshire Cup the following weekend."
Scott Rawlings scored twice as fifth placed Fareham seconds drew 3-3 at Haslemere, where teenager Fergus Jackson was also on target.
A 3-2 win over Southampton University has also taken Fareham into the Hampshire Open League Cup semi-finals against Winchester II on April 15. Andover play Haslemere in the other tie.
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