Saltdean were involved in a remarkable 10-goal encounter at Midhurst and Easebourne, ultimately going down 6-4 in a thrilling game.
The Tigers made the long trip west to take on a side who had won seven of their last eight games. They were without a host of first team players and had to make wholesale changes. In came Josh Tomkins, while he and Sam Hover started together for the first time at centre half. Matt Anderson was deployed alongside Danny Davis in the middle of the park, with Elliot Quant returning wide left.
Midhurst started on the front foot and Graham Leach had already saved well twice before Sean Dummer took advantage of a lucky rebound to stroke in the unguarded net.
Saltdean fought back and equalised after 15 minutes through Quant after good work from Davis. Leach then kept out a Rob Wimble one on one before Gary Norgate cut in and unleashed a left footed strike from the edge of the area that gave Leach no chance.
Wimble quickly added a third before Luke Sheldrick notched a fourth, beating the exposed and over-worked Leach. A tactical substitution gave Saltdean more solidarity, and from this they grew into the game... and on the stroke of half time Davis made it 4-2 from the spot after good work from Ryan Walton.
The second half started quite evenly with both sides enjoying good spells of possession. Leach had to be at his best to deny Wimble when clean through; from the resulting break Leighton Freeman was bundled in the back and Davis made no mistake from the spot.
With Saltdean now chasing the game Midhurst broke and, from a pull back Lewis Hamilton finished emphatically. Norgate added a sixth with a sublime finish before more good work from Davis allowed Sam Berry to finish well.
This result was no disgrace on a difficult afternoon for the Tigers. Danny Davis gave a truly outstanding performance with his drive and energy.
Saltdean will be hoping he stays fit to guide the younger players through this testing time. The Tigers host high-flying Littlehampton tomorrow.
Uckfield Town lost 5-2 at Clymping in Division 3, despite a first half brace from Andy McIntosh on Saturday.