Eastbourne Town climbed to the summit of Sussex County Division One for the first time this season after a fine win at high-flying Pagham on Saturday.
After the disappointment of last weekend’s exit in the FA Vase, John Lambert’s men responded in the perfect manner to leapfrog Littlehampton Town, who were held to a draw at home by Broadbridge Heath.
Town were due to face Littlehampton themselves on November 22, and when it was confirmed last week that the fixture had been postponed because of Littlehampton’s involvement in the Vase, it looked like Town might have to bide their time in their pursuit of top spot.
But they have been relentlessly tugging at the heels of the league leaders and this latest win was their ninth in the last 10 league games.
Matt Maclean did what he does best and racked up his seventh league goal of the season to open the scoring in the 13th minute.
There would be little action for the remainder of a cagey opening period but the hosts came out quickly after the break and Josh Irish levelled the scores just five minutes after the interval.
Parity would be short-lived, however, as Dan Smith put Town back into the lead three minutes later and that was enough to secure the three points. Town go to St Francis to face Haywards Heath in the Sussex Senior Cup tonight.
Town team v Pagham: Nessling, Hollobone, Sutton, Maclean, Turner, Henson, Ellis, Darby, Upton (Baitup), Smith (Welch), Dryer