Neil Sherlock and Alex Twitchen are celebrating their first victory at Chichester City at only the second time of asking.
City beat Arundel 1-0 at Oaklands Park less than a week after taking over following the resignation of Adie Girdler.
Chichester are now just two points behind St Francis with four games left and although it is officially two down, they are clinging to the hope ground grading issues could mean the side finishing in the top relegation spot are saved.
Pagham are fifth and Selsey 11th after they shared a 1-1 draw at Nyetimber Lane. Joe Booker gave the Lions an early lead before Toby Pointing levelled.
In division two, goals from Ollie Pearce and Andy Newton couldn’t prevent Midhurst from going down 4-2 at home to Loxwood. The Stags had Liam Dreckman sent off.
Bosham lost by the same scoreline at home to Barnham in division three, a result which leaves the men from Mill Road fourth. Ashley Harper netted a hat-trick.
For all the local football action, see the Observer on Thursday.