SHOREHAM Football Club secured a first away victory since September when they won away to Newhaven on Monday.
The Mussels have struggled on the road this season and this success was just their third away from home all season.
Shoreham won through substitute George Rudwick’s 33rd-minute strike, while Newhaven finished the game with just nine men.
Mussels player-boss Kane Louis spoke of his delight as his side broke their barren away run and said: “It was great to get the win in this one.
“A lot of the squad were really disappointed after losing at home to Hailsham on Saturday and wanted to get the victory.
“We fully deserved the win and everyone performed really well.
“It’s difficult to understand why we have struggled on the road this season but we definitely need to improve away from home next season.
“Newhaven have been in good form of late and we knew it was going to be a really difficult test.
“I think the way in which we lost on Saturday gave the players that extra incentive to go on and win this one.”
Shoreham were dominant in the first half and could have gone in with more than a one-goal lead at half-time.
Mussels’ goal came from Rudwick on 33 minutes. He had only been on the field for five minutes when he saw his right-footed shot nestle in the bottom corner.
Shoreham thought they had doubled their lead a minute before the break when Dejaun Best tapped into an empty net. However, the referee pulled the game back as Newhaven goalkeeper Jake Buss had handled outside the area and was shown a straight red card.
Despite the man advantage, Shoreham struggled in the second half.
Keeper Josh Measor, who was called into the Mussels starting line-up late in the day, pulled off a fine stop to deny the home side from a free kick.
Newhaven finished the game with just nine men after Craig Bunch was shown a straight red card after an altercation with Alex Laing.
The victory leaves Shoreham eight points clear of third-from-bottom Ringmer, with just three games to go.
Mussels travel to Chichester on Saturday.
SHOREHAM: Measor; Stevens, Edwards, Allan, Gregory; Richardson, Fleming, Myers, Laing; Goldson, Best. Subs: Rudwick (Goldson), Laughlin (Richardson), Lombard, Taylor.