The big game of the weekend in the Bostik League North took place on Friday night when second-placed Bowers & Pitsea hosted leaders AFC Hornchurch at the Len Salmon Stadium.
And in front of a terrific crowd of 410, the Urchins` advantage at the top was cut to seven points after a 1-0 win for the hosts.
Former Hornchurch striker David Knight forced visiting `keeper Sam Mott into a decent save early on, but in general, it was the Urchins who edged the opening period of the game, with home keeper Callum Chafer saving well from Olu Oluwatimilehin.
However, with 6 minutes of the first half remaining, Bowers broke the deadlock when Jamie Dicks fired low and hard past Mott.
Bowers produced a solid second half performance and almost doubled their lead when Mott superbly saved a Knight free-kick.
But the home side held firm and cut the deficit at the top of the table, and while Hornchurch are still favourites to win the title, Bowers now possess a six-point lead over third-placed Potters Bar Town.