The visitors denied their modest position in the table, frustrating the hosts for much of the first half, although both sides had chances to be ahead before half-time.
Dion Jarvis should have given the hosts the lead in the opening five minutes, but Sam Marsden matched his shot as top scorer Joe Benn took his shot off the Marsden post with 23 minutes on the clock.
The East Preston goalkeeper was called into action again just after the half hour to keep the scoring level while on the other end Shane Brazil had East Preston’s best chance of the mid- time two minutes before the break but shot straight at James Binfield after working his far behind City defense.
The first goal came just a minute after the start of the second half, a ball in front of the right side found Dave Herbert unmarked in the middle of the penalty area and despite a little hint of handball the midfielder is returned home to break the deadlock.
Nine minutes later, Benn was on hand to kick the ball home after Marsden did save Lucas Pattenden’s shot through the goal and was also called into action after the hour mark to deny Jarvis and then Scott Packer as Littlehampton looked to secure the game.
The visitors had other scoring opportunities, first with Brazil shooting past Binfield’s goal, followed by Lew Broughton unable to secure a buy on a well-worked free kick.
Golds secured the points in the 89th minute as Packer walked home by a yard after a wild Jarvis run that ended with the ball coming back from the crossbar so the substitute was not mistaken. Jarvis himself had a goal ruled out for offside in the final minute as Golds’ impressive run continued while East Preston stayed in the bottom two.
East Preston boss Simon Hull was in high spirits after the game and was pleased with the way his team approached the game.
Hull said: ‘I couldn’t have asked for more of my guys in terms of effort and application. We worked incredibly hard, the form and the game plan worked well and we created some great opportunities for ourselves.
“There are no easy games at this level so we will never allow the squad to take anyone for granted and now we are focusing on the weekend game which will be another good test for our youngster. group.”
Hull’s opposite number, Mitch Hand, was pleased with how his team fared in a tough game with one eye on the weekend.
Hand said: “We expected a tough game and that’s exactly what we got. We know Simon well and we think he would have his boys well organized and working hard and they were. had tried their luck, it could have been very different.
Looking ahead to the weekend, Hand admits there is no pressure on his side and prepares another upheaval.
Hand said: ‘We know we’re coming into the game as underdogs and we don’t mind. They are expected to win, so we’ll take the opportunity and hope for another upheaval. There will be a lot of people and it’s great to see so much momentum developing around the club and the team, it’s well deserved.
The Golds take a break from league action this Sunday as they host Whitehawk in the Emirates FA Cup first qualifying round (ko 3pm) while East Preston host Crawley Down Gatwick on Saturday.
Gold medals: Binfield, Wiggins, Hand, Clark, Peake, Jenkins, Pattenden, Humphreys, Benn, Herbert, Jarvis. Subtitles: Packer, Litterick, Layton. Not used: Gaskin, Hunting
East Preston: Marsden, Parsons, Breedon, Franklin, Howick, Robinson, Storm, Geal, Brazil, Broughton, Newhouse. Subtitles: N. Amoo, E. Amoo, Lineham. Not used: Lago, Sparks.