Eastbourne Town missed a host of chances as they lost 3-2 at home to Herne Bay on Bank Holiday Monday.
Town, who performed so well to keep a clean sheet in the FA triumph against Chessington and Hook on Saturday, looked to be on track for Ryman League Division One south victory.
Striker Danny Curd added to his goal tally as he opened the scoring with a glancing header from Richard Greenfield’s cross on six minutes.
Chances came and went and halftime arrived with Town holding their slender 1-0 advantage.
The second period was a poor show from Danny Bloor’s side. On 65 minutes George Landis levelled for the visitors with a weak low shot from the edge of the box.
Ten minutes later and Town were behind. A long throw from the right caused problems in the Town defence and James Campbell fired home a goalmouth scramble.
On 80 minutes Herne Bay struck the killer blow as Andy Irvine’s first-time effort beat home goalkeeper Sam Reed.
Ben Billings, who came on for Matt Geard pulled one back at the end when he curled in an effort from the left. It was not enough however to save Town from a full-time dressing down from boss Bloor as his battle-weary players trudged from the pitch.
TOWN: Reed, Lansdale, Sutton, Austin May, Elliot, Greenfield, (S Crabb), Strevett, Curd, (Howell 61), Geard (Billings 80), M Crabb.
See Friday’s Herald for full match report and reaction