Eastbourne United boss Paul Daubeney refused to give up on promotion despite defeat at Southwick on Saturday.
Daubeney’s men had been on a tremendous run of form of late but last weekend defeat left them six points behind third placed side Dorking Wanderers having played three games more.
He said, “We will keep going until it’s mathematically impossible. Dorking still have to play Hailsham, East Preston and Littlehampton. It’s still possible they will drop points but we have to do our bit. We have to play better than we did at Southwick.”
Striker Liam Baitup gave United the lead at Southwick after the began brightly against their sixth placed opponents.
The home side hit back through impressive youngster Lewis Finney and he scored his second after the break following a defensive lapse from the usually reliable Peter Featherstone.
They extended their lead when Finney teed-up Idriz Adedoja to score. Pete Cooper fired home to make it 3-2 deep in injury time.
On Tuesday United have a friendly at Ringmer.