A third minute goal by Adam Watts was enough to send St Albans City to defeat and keep Eastbourne Borough at the top of the Vanarama South table.
But in a pulsating Bank Holiday battle at a rain-drenched Priory Lane, Watt’s match winning glory was tempered when he was forced to limp off with a hamstring injury in the 37th minute.
It was a dream start for Borough who won a corner on the left and Simon Johnson’s flag kick to the near post was superbly headed home by Watts.
In what could only be described as an eventful opening Lloyd Foot was shown a yellow card a minute later for a clumsy challenge on City’s James Comley.
But Borough always looked capable of getting a second goal and visiting keeper Joe Welch was cautioned for handling outside the area as he went down at the feet of Richard Pacquette.
Borough almost paid the penalty for a defensive mix up in the 24th minute which saw Lee Clarke nip in on the left and turn the ball into the side netting.
At the other end Dean Sinclair headed inches wide after a superb cross from the right by Johnson.
St Albans came out in the second half with all guns blazing and a diving Lewis Carey was unable to hold a sizzling low drive from Sean Shields but the ball was cleared to safety.
Minutes later Shields was denied by a magnificent last gasp challenge from Ian Simpemba as he was about to tap in a cross from the right.
But at the end of the day Borough were well worthy of their fourth win against the best side they have faced this season.
And while Watts emerged as the match winning home hero, Borough were also indebted to a flawless display at the back by Simpemba.
Eastbourne Borough: Carey, Hamilton, Beale, Foot (Lovett 62), Simpemba, Watts (Aldred 37), McCallum, Sinclair, Pacquette (Charles 81), Johnson, Walker. Subs not used: Bown, Lok
St Albans: Welch, Kyriaou, Chappell, Clarke, Martin, Locke (Buchanan 89), Green, Comley, Frendo, Shields, Wales (Taylor 74).
Subs not used: Keenleyside, Coulton.
Ref: Carl Brook
MoM: Ian Simpemba
Tommy Widdrington’s men will hope to keep their winning run going on Saturday when they travel to Maidenhead. See Friday’s Herald for all the latest Borough news.