Danny Curd delivered a knockout blow to league leaders and top scorers Bognor Regis on Tuesday, with a first half winner.
This was no backs against the wall clash though, with home ‘keeper Kieron Thorp incredibly making his first save in second half injury-time.
After holding high-flyers Maidstone to a 1-1 draw in Kent at the weekend, Town once again proved themselves against the league big boys.
Boss Danny Bloor said, “We’ve been threatening a result here like this for a while now, especially since the 3-2 Boxing Day defeat to Whitehawk.”
Curd troubled Bognor throughout, and tested ‘keeper Craig Stoner in the 11th minute, who tipped over his rifling effort.
Bognor skipper Ben Johnson nearly produced a sublime finish seven minutes later but his flicked effort hit the bar.
Then in the 26th minute, Curd hurried centre-back Stuart Axten, whose clearance hit the striker’s knee and bounced invitingly into space before him. Curd led the charge for the loose ball, and chased by three defenders, calmly curled an effort past Stoner.
Without a save to make, Thorp looked unlikely to be troubled going into half-time, as Town’s defence comfortably dealt with a goalmouth scramble in the 44th minute from a free-kick.
As expected, Bognor were stronger after the break.
Town were forced to sit back and look to take advantage on the counter-attack. In the 76th minute, Matt Geard set Ross Treleavan free on the right, who swept past a defender with ease. His side-footed effort stung Stoner’s finger as he tipped over. Bognor’s Johnson and ex-Town creative player Ashley Robinson looked dangerous on the wings, and continued to pile the pressure on Town with their delivery.
However, Steve Elliot, was astute in dealing with these alongside his makeshift centre-back partner, Steve May. The last five minutes were a tale of Bognor attacking and Town defending. However, Bognor could only bring Thorp into action when he claimed a high cross, and two minutes later, collected a soft shot in the 94th minute.
Town held on for an impressive result and inflict Bognor with only their third league loss of the season.
Town: Thorp 8, Denton 8, Storrie 8 (Brooks 85’), Elliot 8, Geard 8, May 8, Davidson 8, Kirkwood 8, Curd 9, Percival 8 (Crabb 60’), Treleavan 8
Subs not used: Hollebone, Fogden, Godfrey Booked: Kirkwood, Curd
Att: 264 MoM: Danny Curd – led the team alone upfront