Pagham won the battle of the top two in division one of the Sussex League to surge six points clear at the top.
Their 2-1 success at second-placed Rye was their 11th league win from 11 games and keeps them on course for their dream of promotion to the Ryman League.
Selsey are improving fast - they won 3-0 at East Grinstead to climb to 15th, but Chichester City are just a place off the bottom after another defeat, 5-1 at Lingfield.
In division two, Midhurst turned in one of their best displays of the season so far to win 4-2 at Wick.
In the Sussex Intermediate Cup, Bosham beat Southwick seconds 5-2 - although only after extra-time - while Yapton lost 4-2 away to Peacehaven reserves. Sidlesham won 2-1 at Rustington reserves and Hunston CC are also through after winning 4-1 at Pease Pottage.
Pagham reserves lost 2-0 at Upper Beeding in the same competition.
Our three first-division sides are all on their travels again on Tuesday - leaders Pagham go to St Francis, Selsey are at Shoreham and Chichester visit Lancing.
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