A 13-point return from the last five matches has swept Fareham ladies into fifth spot in South Women's League Division 3B, level on 23 points with rivals Southampton.
They moved into a highest yet position with a splendid 3-0 win at third placed Tulse Hill & Dulwich, a result which coincided with Southampton losing 3-2 to Guildford.
Unfortunate not to get a penalty stroke early on when Vicky Field was upended by the Tulse Hill goalkeeper, Fareham forged ahead when Field converted a short corner.
Teenager Bel Capper doubled Fareham's lead after she robbed the keeper.
Tulse Hill responded after the break, but Fareham held firm before Rachael Clarke scored a stunning third goal with a reverse stick shot.
Coach Steve Lemon said: "We were excellent in the first half and deserved our lead.
"They pressed us hard in the second half and we struggled to get the ball out, but the defence held out before Rachael produced a stunning finish.
"That's 13 points out of a possible 15 since we lost to leaders Wanderers so I'm very happy with where we are heading."
Southampton took an early lead through a fifth minute Sue Merry penalty, but promotion chasing Guildford ran out 3-2 winners at the rainy Sports Centre.
Lou Hopkins created the stroke following a fine midfield passing move but, after Southampton had been depleted by a yellow card, Guildford converted an equalising penalty corner.
Two goals in quick succession gave Guildford a 3-2 advantage, but the Surrey visitors were rattled by a second half Southampton comeback which culminated in a Lou Hopkins goal.
Try as they may, Southampton were unable to score again ...
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