Hailsham Town are just one win from survival in County League Division One after a win and a loss over the Easter Period.
An impressive comeback saw them beat St Francis Rangers 3-2 on Saturday, while two games in three days proved too much as they lost 2-0 at Ringmer on Easter Monday.
The Stringers have had to contend with a gruelling schedule in recent weeks as a result of games being called doff earlier in the season, but they called on all of their reserves against St Francis.
A nightmare start saw Nathan Millroy put the visitors in front on just three minutes before Geoff Pitcher doubled the lead.
Not for the first time this season, though, manager Andy Goodchild rallied his troops and got a response as Steve Dallaway pulled a goal back in the 35th minute.
After half-time it was all Hailsham and the in-form Dan Bateman levelled the scores before Pat Johnson sealed the points.
That win means Monday’s loss at Ringmer was less damaging , and while the boss was angry to see his side concede early again, he was full of praise for the efforts of his depleted side.
“We struggled to put a team out today but I was delighted with the effort of all eleven players,” he said