Eastbourne United lost their fifth game in a row and have failed to win any of their last eight after another defeat away at Pagham.
It was Scott Murfin’s 21st minuite penalty that did for United this time round, whose lack of attacking threat is starting to become a worry.
They were scoring goals for fun at the strat of the seaosn but have found the net just three times in their last five matches.
Wes Tate was once again the main threat but credit must go to a stubborn Pagham backline for keeping the creative spark inUnited’s side at bay.
For the hosts, the story couldn’t be more different. Despite all their main rivals winning, they remain fifth in Sussex County Division One, while United’s recent run of form leaves them languishing in 11th.
Things will have to improve if they are to realise manager Simon Rowland’s ambitions of a top six finish.
Th eboss will be encouraged by the number of chances created by his side, though. On another day the scoreline could have read double figures as both sides threatened throughout.
A dangerous ball from United was well dealt with in the first minute but it was an early signal of their intentions.
They had to be alert at the other end as Pagham’s Ryan Morrey hit the side netting.
United keeper Adam Sargent was in fine form and Bailo Camara stung James Binfield’s palms at the other end.
There was little Sargent could do after Murfin was brought down in the area and fired home the resulting spot-kick. That was to be the last of the afternoon’s goals.
Tate tried to force the issue once more but to no avail, while Sargent was once again alert to keep them in with a shout as the clock ticked down.
It was not to be, though, as Binfield produced a fine double save right at the death.