Fareham go into Sunday’s derby against Havant rock bottom of National League South 1 following a crushing 8-1 defeat by Oxford Hawks.
Ravaged by injuries – Niall Stott and James Speke have broken legs, Danny Rawlins has broken his thumb and Adam Bloomfield is nursing a broken toe – Fareham have conceded 18 goals in their last three matches.
Head coach Ben Barnes described the Oxford defeat as “a bad day. The guys are hurting so it’s essential we re-group for the Havant match on Sunday.”
Fareham found themselves 2-0 down after 12 minutes and were three adrift by half-time as Oxford, who began the match in last place, homed in on their first win of the season.
The visitors managed to stem the tide for 20 minutes or so in the second half and forced six unconverted penalty corners.
“We fell away badly in the last quarter,” conceded Barnes, who saw Oxford score three times in as many minutes with Alex Copestake finishing with four goals as Oxford built an 8-0 lead.
Rob Wilson got Fareham’s consolation goal from a short corner three minutes from time.
Fareham seconds are propping up Hampshire/Surrey Regional Division 1 after a 3-2 home defeat by Teddington in which Andy Allen scored twice.
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