A depleted Eastbourne United side failed to win for the sixth game in a row as Chichester City took full advantage to take all three points from the Oval.
Despite going in front through youngster Charlie Osborne, Dan Pollard was forced off through injury to further weaken a squad already down to its bare bones, prompting a nightmare six-minute second half spell which saw the visitors score two crucial goals.
Manger Simon Rowland was forced into making five changes to the side that lost to East Preston the previous week, with Andy Corrigan and Jason Taylor returning to the side along with Simon Catt, whose last appearance in a United shirt came in March 2013.
The recently re-signed Wade Eason took his place up-front while there was a debut for Alex Smalldone at left-back.
Despite the changes, United got off to the best possible start with a goal inside the opening five minutes.
A perfectly weighted through ball from Wes Tate split the visiting defence and was met by the equally perfectly timed angled run of Charlie Osborne, who showed confidence beyond his years to steer the ball into the back of the net.
United enjoyed the majority of the play in the first half but when Pollard had to be carried off after falling awkwardly on his ankle things started to unravel.
Two minutes later Dan Hagerty was left unmarked by the makeshift United defence and he duly dispatched past Russ Tanner, while Alex Ansa got in behind to put the away side in front.
Kele Buay and Dave Smart were introduced with 15 minutes to play in an effort to change the game and Buay came centimetres from equalising deep into time added on. It wasn’t to be, however, and United drop to 12th in Sussex County Division One.
Their sights are now set on gaining revenge tonight as they prepare to host Chichester once more in the third round of the Peter Bentley Cup.