James Liddiard scored the only goal of the game for IW II.
Fareham IX 4, IW II 1
IW II’s seven-game unbeaten run came to an end on Saturday at joint table-toppers Fareham — but the scoreline was harsh on the visitors who remain fourth in the league.
Despite being Fareham’s junior development side, the home team fielded nine senior players, many of whom were clearly from higher teams, although they did look disjointed.
IW nearly took the lead, but Simon Butler couldn’t quite reach a cross from Barry Lloyd, while the latter hit a post later in the half.
Fareham began to find their rhythm and took the lead midway through the half from a penalty corner. This was soon doubled when a forwarded dribbled into the area and slotted home to give the hosts a 2-0 half time lead.
The hosts extended their lead after half time but IW were very much in the contest, and were given a boost when Gurit man of the match Tom Speer saved a penalty flick. The visitors made them pay, when James Liddiard scored with a reverse stick strike.
Butler nearly made it two but his shot from a penalty corner whistled just wide, while Colin Simmonds, Lloyd and Carl Joyce also went close.
Fareham settled the contest near the end when a forward grabbed his second with a neat run and finish. The final result was tough to take for the Island, who more than matched their opponents.