Eastbourne United extended their unbeaten run to five games with victory at Broadbridge Heath in Sussex County Division one.
Jason Taylor has been in fine scoring form since returning from injury and the winger gave his side the best possible start.
It took just 90 seconds for him to find the net as he rifled past the hosts’ goalkeeper James Fisher after receiving Wes Tate’s corner 20 yards from goal.
Taylor almost doubled the lead soon after but his shot was deflected wide, while Lucas Mann and Bailo Camara were also denied.
Broadbridge Heath’s best chance fell to Ollie Moore but he failed to test Russ Tanner as he swivelled well only to fire over,
Camara and Taylor were a constant threat and Taylor once again came close to doubling the lead.
But it wasn’t until ten minutes from time when the game was made safe.
Mann was brought down inside the area by Fisher and United were awarded a penalty. Tate rarely misses from 12 yards and the playmaker duly stepped up to dispatch the spotkick and score his 11th league goal of teh season. United move up a place to ninth in the league as a result.
Elsewhere, United have been given a home tie in the second round of the FA Vase. Last year’s semi-finalists will host Horley Town at the Oval on Saturday 22 November. They play in the Combined Counties Premier