Fareham seconds hauled themselves out of the immediate Hampshire/Surrey Regional Division 1 danger zone with a creditable 4-3 win over Basingstoke at Down Grange.
A Scott Rawlings brace, added to strikes by George Davey and Callum McInally, swept Fareham to a third successive victory.
Wimborne Wayfarers go into the month long winter break in second place behind London Academicals after winning 4-2 at Wanderers.
Two penalty corner conversions by Todd Clark – bringing his tally for the season to 13 – and goals by cricket pair Conor Moores and Simon Ridley gave Wayfarers their win.
Third placed Havant II lost ground after former Fareham hit-man Nic Cope bagged a hat-trick in Haslemere’s 4-2 win.
Romsey go into the four-week break still winless in Regional 2 after a 5-1 loss to city-based HAC – Danny Miles scoring the Abbeymen’s second half consolation goal.
Hamble chiselled an encouraging 2-2 draw with third placed London Edwardians, while Southampton won 3-2 at Addiscombe. Winchester II were beaten 4-1 at Sunbury & Walton Hawks.
Southampton University closed the gap at the top of the Hampshire League when their 4-3 win over Weymouth coincided with table topping Gillingham crashing 5-3 at Trojans.
Two points separate the lead pair.
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