Fareham's lead at the top of South Women's League Division 3B has been cut to a solitary point after a 3-2 defeat at Havant, which elevated the host club to third place on the log.
The damage was done in the first half with Havant wiping out an early Fareham lead to score three times before the break to turn around 3-1 up.
Fareham trimmed the deficit to 3-2, but despite a furious late assault were unable to salvage a point.
The result leaves Fareham only one point ahead of Weybridge-based Old Georgians, who thrashed Hailsham 8-0. Havant lie three points off top spot.
The visitors dominated the initial five minutes and were rewarded when Heather Batten picked up a loose ball, turned her defender and slipped the ball into the Havant goal.
Havant's response was immediate and they drew level minutes later after Kim Tyrell had created a turnover with her reverse stick in the middle of the pitch.
She drove forward, passing to Charlotte Gammon who drove into the circle, drew Fareham goalkeeper Jilly Toovey and finished with real class.
Despite both sides mounting a good number of attacks, it was Havant who was more clinical. Two more really excellent team field goals from Havant took them into a merited 3-1 internal lead.
Poppy Herbert got Havant's second, with Cat Evans completing a well worked move for the third.
Havant struggled to recapture their first half spark after the break, but kept Fareham at bay iuntil five minutes from time when Vicky Field scored the visitors' second and set up a frantic finish.
Fareham forced several unconverted penalty corners in the closing stages, but Havant stood firm to inflcit the league leaders' second defeat of the season.
Match highlights: www.youtube.com/watch?v=kmdR4IsippU
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