Lancing 2 Eastbourne United 1. Eastbourne United’s six-game unbeaten run came to an end at Lancing as Mike Williamson struck in the second minute of injury time.
Eastbourne Borough loanee Max Taylor put the visitors in front on his debut but Neil Munday equalised with 15 minutes remaining and Willimason claimed all three points with time running out.
This was a valiant effort from United, though, who were missing the experience of Wes Tate, Peter Cooper and goalkeeper Russ Tanner.
Dan Hutchins deputised in between the posts and he watched on as the hosts put their first effort wide.
Aaron Capon led the line for United and had their first effort but poked Jason Taylor’s cross wide under pressure from Lancing keeper Callum Fidler and he had a diving header tipped over shortly after.
Max Taylor made no mistake just moments later, though, as he steered home from close range after Matt Geard was challenged in the area.
He almost doubled his tally after picking up a loose ball but was denied by Fidler and Capon’s follow-up effort was well blocked.
Lancing were a constant threat themselves and were level when Munday beat Hutchins following a scramble in teh six-yard box. Joe Summerbell found Fidler in fine form once again as his 20-yard effort was tipped onto the crossbar and Fidler kept out Brad Lewis’s free-kick in equally acrobatic style.
With a draw looking likely, Williams thundered in in controversial fashion as the throw-in that led to the goal looked to have come off a Lancing player.
It wasn’t to be for United, however, who drop to tenth in Sussex Division One. They host Arundel on Saturday.
United: Hutchins, Lewis, Cole, Stevens, Pollard (Gardner), Featherstone, J Taylor, Geard, Capon, M Taylor (Jarvis), Summerbell. Not Used: Ginno.