Newhaven’s eight-match unbeaten run came to an end at a wet Littlehampton Town on Tuesday evening.
The Dockers hadn’t lost in the league since the beginning of October but struggled to contain a stirring second half fightback from the Golds.
Lee Robinson had given the depleted visitors a 1-0 half-time lead, but two goals from Dan Simmonds and a Mitchell Hand penalty sealed the win for the home side.
Newhaven: Jake Buss, Jason Goddard, Terry Gacias, Lawrence Edwards, Adam Kneller, Scott Edwards, Lee Robinson, Sean Breach, Jack Webber, James Rhodes (Chris Geer), Tyler Goatcher. Unused sub: Tom Bradford.
Booked: Gacias, Kneller, L. Edwards
Referee: Barrie Small