Horsham climbed back up to second in the Premier Division with a 3-0 win in tricky conditions away to Worthing United on Saturday.
Terry Dodd netted a brace and Evan Arcihbald was also on target at a wet and windy Lyons Way in a rain-effected weekend in the Southern Combination League.
It was however a good day for the Hornets as they got back to winning ways and also saw high-flying Eastbourne Town suffer a shock 4-2 defeat at home to lowly Wick & Barnham United.
League leaders Newhaven also beat the weather and put ten past East Preston without response to remain two points clear at the top.
In the early exchanges on the coast, Horsham’s Dodd forced a save from Matt Evans, while Darren Boswell sent a drive well over.
The visitors took the lead on 17 minutes as good work between Mark Knee and Jordan Clark in the build up, before Archibald picked out Dodd’s run and he fired past Evans.
The Mavericks could have levelled before the break as a Gareth Williams’ clearance fell to Titus Patterson but his long-range effort was straight back at the visiting stopper.
In the second half, Clark’s free-kick from 25 yards out was pushed around the post by Evans.
At the other end, Williams pulled off a good reflex save to deny a Patterson header from Wayne Joseph’s cross from close range.
Horsham got their much-needed second goal on 71 minutes as a miscued Evans clearance fell to Kieron Pamment and he played through Archibald to finish past Evans.
Evans then made a couple of saves to keep United in the match until Dodd added his second two minutes from time after cutting in from a good run.
Horsham: Williams, Knee, Jones, Farmer, Hunt, Clark, Shelley, Pamment (Huckett), Boswell (Storrie), Dodd, Archibald (Lewis). Unused sub: Jarman.