Fareham took the lead inside three minutes against Olton & West Warwicks at Henry Cort – but were eventually beaten 3-1 by an efficient Midlands side, who lie third in the Western Conference log.
Chris Davey fired Fareham in front after a move created by Danny Rawlings and Jack Gilbert.
Moving the ball quickly, Fareham played some crisp early hockey, but Olton gradually worked their way into the game and after a fourth penalty corner, Peter Jackson equalised.
Fareham lost their early momentum and nine minutes into the second period Olton snatched the lead – Tom Brammer on target after a short corner had crashed against the bar.
The game had a distinct competitive edge, Fareham laying siege to the Olton goal, forcing the visitors’ to twice clear the ball off the line.
In their bid to balance the score, Fareham were guilty of running too much with the ball and creating turnovers.
Olton cashed in and sealed the points with a Jackson penalty stroke 13 minutes from the end.
Jack Stubbings scored two penalty strokes in the last four minutes as Havant trimmed Bristol University 3-1, while Chichester (whom Fareham visit on Sunday, 1pm) lost 3-1 to table topping Birmingham University, with Oli Baxter scoring.
Fareham seconds made it 11 goals in the last two Hampshire/Surrey Regional Division 2 matches with a 6-2 mauling of London Edwardians II – Aiden Page (2), Luke Gould (2), Owen Evans and teenager Fergus Jackson on target.
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