TOTTON & Eling paid the price for missed chances against a clinical Moneyfields side on Saturday.
Having boosted their hopes of Sydenhams Premier Division survival with victory at Horndean in midweek, the fourth-to-bottom Millers came a cropper 4-2 at Millers Park.
T&E started the stronger with Conor Thorne and Dougie Rowe forcing smart saves out of visiting goalkeeper Cameron Scott.
They deservedly took the lead when ex-Eastleigh and Winchester midfielder Matt Gray reacted first to a poorly cleared corner and his low drive through a packed penalty area squirmed under the unsighted ’keeper.
But ten torrid minutes of Moneyfields pressure undid the Millers as strikes by ex-Saints trainee Bobby Scott, Conor Bailey and Pabs N’Doye turned the game on its head.
Richard Morse, who had earlier headed Rowe’s cross against the bar, pulled one back for the Millers before half-time.
T&E substitute Dan Smith fired at the ’keeper when well-placed and Gray came close to a second with a shot from distance before Moneys put the game to bed.
N’Doye delivered a ball from the left which Ed Zanin should have dealt with. But, inexplicably, the defender turned it past his own goalkeeper, Kevin O’Rourke, to round off a frustrating day.
With second-to-bottom Fawley drawing, T&E are five points clear of the relegation zone having played three games more than the Oilers.
Tonight they host 17th-placed Christchurch who led twice against reigning champions Blackfield & Langley on Saturday before being pegged back to 2-2.
Player-boss Kev Gibbens and new signing Josh Parry salvaged a point for the Watersiders, who have dropped to seventh on goal difference from Bemerton.
The Harlequins continued their good run with a 2-1 home win over AFC Portchester – Joe Sanger and Tyler Brockway goals sandwiching Danny Thompson’s reply.