Chichester City’s grip at the top of the SCFL Premier is tightening by the week – and manager Miles Rutherford will be keen to make sure his side do not slip up.
The Oaklands Park side now have a five point lead over second-place Newhaven after the challengers slipped up at home to Eastbourne Town.
Chi, meanwhile, dispatched East Preston 3-2 last weekend to make it 12 matches unbeaten in the league.
City can extend that run tomorrow when they make the trip to mid-table Peacehaven & Telscombe (3pm).
But after taking 19 points from a total of 21 in the past six weeks they will certainly head to the Sports Park expecting to come away with a positive result.
Chi will hope to repeat a dominant first half performance against EP where the result should have been more convincing on paper.
The deadlock was broken after 25 minutes when Scott Jones was brought down in the box by Jack Barnes.
Josh Clack stepped up and made no mistake from the penalty spot, tucking it away to the keeper’s left for his sixth goal in eight games.
Daniel Huet tried to reply instantly for EP but his shot flew over the bar.
Chi attacked again and Clack, who was busy all game, put in a delicious ball which Jones met at the back post, only to see his header rebound off the crossbar.
City doubled their lead in the 34th minute after a scintillating counter attack.
Kaleem Haitham squared the ball to Gicu Iordache, and the Romanian unselfishly set up Clack who slotted it away.
The hosts started the second half as they had finished the first, and would have had a third goal if it wasn’t for Scott Slaughter, who denied Clack his hat-trick.
Shortly after Chi got their just desserts and went 3-0 up when a super free kick from Dave Herbert gave the visiting keeper, George Bentley, no chance.
Further chances to add to the lead were spurned by the home side.
Huet grabbed what looked like a consolation tapping in from close range before Asa Nicholson made it 3-2 on 88 minutes to set up an anxious finish.