Eastbourne Town were brushed aside by fellow strugglers Three Bridges just 48 hours after one of their best performances of the season.
In contrast to the draw with Burgess Hill where every player performed admirably, Town looked leggy, were second to every ball and lacked any ideas going forward.
They struggled to deal with the absence of Tom Bold, Tom Gilbert, Ross Sutton and Adam Davidson and despite being desperate for the points, they didn’t once look like threatening a visiting side who have endured an equally tough time of late.
The game, which kicked off at 7.45 pm, was effectively over before the Town Hall Clock, which overlooks the Saffrons chimed for eight o’clock
Abu Touray fired home from a cutback with the Town backline appealing for offside and the lively forward played a part as his side doubled the lead.
Skipping past two weak challenges, Touray delivered an inviting cross which was headed against the crossbar.
Elliot Romain was quickest to react to the rebound and slammed home the rebound in the 10th minute.
Town’s night got even worse as Leyton Schaff and Billy Medlock were forced off because of injury, while skipper Steve Elliot failed to come out for the second-half as well.
Despite a rare spell of Town pressure after the break, the experienced Alan Tait dealt the final blow to the hosts as he wriggled free of his marker to finish off the visitors first attack of the second half.
Town are now four points adrift at the bottom of the Ryman League South with just three games remaining.
Walton Casuals are next up at the Saffrons and a win is a must for John Lambert’ side.
TOWN: Dann, Smith, Hales, Cooper, Elliot (Paul 45), Hollobone, Upton, McClean, Clarke, Medlock (Berry 36), Schaff (Crone 35)
MOM: Matt Dann (another busy night for the Town keeper)