Good things come to those who wait is the phrase. Fareham Town will be all too familiar with the saying and it was very apt for Pete Stiles' side who ended 14 years of hurt against Gosport Borough with a convincing 4-1 win in the Russell Cotes Cup derby.
February 2003 was the last time Town triumphed over their fierce rivals and after years of hurt at the hands of their neighbours, Fareham had their revenge and emphatically so.
Mick Catlin's Gosport produced a tired and uninspired display as the teams met for the 124th time - the first encounter since 2013.
Gosport resident and Gosport Borough Youth coach, Scott Hamilton was the main scourge, grabbing a brace while George Davis and Matt Simm weighed in with further goals.
Yet again Gosport were dumped out of a cup competition by a side from below them in the non-league pyramid and again their main protagonist was someone they knew all too well.
Yet Gosport deserved no better. A very flat display from a heavily changed team was punished by a determined home side set on not just reaching the quarter-finals but also restoring lost pride. Lee Molyneaux was ineligible as was James Thompson but Catlin made several further changes giving many regulars the night off.
Scott Hamilton set Fareham underway after just seven minutes, rifling a low shot past Lewis Watch after some good work from Tattersall down the left. Gosport offered little in response and just a few minutes into the second half Hamilton made it two from close range.
George Davis' clinical finish for the Wessex Premier side just after the hour effectively won the game despite Jordan Whiteley sliding in a consolation goal. Matt Simm crowned a memorable performance and night for Fareham late on with a fourth rounding Watch and scoring a simple goal, only minutes after former Gosport striker Callum Laycock had hit the woodwork with a glancing header.
It was a memorable night for the home side in which not only had they ended 14 years of hurt against Gosport but also inflicted their biggest win on Boro in 30 years. Whilst the Russell Cotes Cup isn't the biggest priority for Gosport, the manner of the defeat and the lame display will have been bitterly disappointing.
And with the two division difference between the teams, who knows when the next Derby between these teams will be. Consequently, it is now Gosport having to wait for their chance to redress the balance in the Derby. But uppermost in their minds is a busy, upcoming league schedule as "Project Survival" continues.
FAREHAM: Douglas, Jones, Yokata, Davis, Hardy, Eames, Simm, Holmes (Captain), Hamilton, Robbins, Tattersall. Subs Used: Laycock, Castles, Kessack
Subs Not Used: Benjamin, Harding.
GOSPORT: Watch, Walters, Medway, Wakely, Kent, Ward, Watts, Dugan, Onwauchwu, Whiteley & Morby. Subs used: Camp, Wilkinson, Stone. Subs not used: Lis & Price.
Updated 07:53 - 23 Nov 2017 by Site Manager
PICTURE: Tom Phillips