A second consecutive 2-1 defeat – this time to Canterbury at the Polo Farm – has left Fareham in need of a win from Sunday’s England Hockey National South League match against Brighton & Hove at Henry Cort, 2pm.
Two goals in three first half minutes by Callum Brown-Lea earned Canterbury the win points, three gratefully received after an opening day 8-1 mauling at Southgate.
Shane Vincent, who has joined Fareham from City of Peterborough, clawed a goal back from a penalty corner just before half-time.
Fareham head coach Ben Barnes reflected: “It was a close game where either team could have come out on top.
“They took two counter attack opportunities from us being guilty of forcing it. We got ourselves back in the game by changing our shape and keeping our heads.
“Second half we continued to improve but could not get the equaliser.
“Despite losing Niall Stott and James Speke (both with broken legs) we have regrouped well but felt we need to still be more clinical in the final third, use more width to open teams up if we are to get more from our attacking play.”
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