A poor second half display by the Reds condemned them to a first defeat in 8 games, but left them without a win in their last four.
Redhill went into the game a place and a point behind Banstead who sat third in the table, the Reds with four games in hand. The early stages suggested it would be another tight encounter as both teams tried to take a grip on proceedings. The Lobsters started to take some control after a scrappy first 20 minutes but couldn't carve out any real clear cut chances.
The home side defended in large numbers which was an indication as to why they have been hard to beat this season. Kery Kedze playing in a more central role was trying his best to make something happen for the Reds while new man Darnell Bailey-King couldn't really get into the game, on the other flank Joel Vian's set pieces looked the most likely way the Lobsters would break through.
Gavin Gordon's men went close on the stroke of half time, Ashley Snadden broke into space from the left, his shot from 20 yards was parried by the keeper, Tony Halsey was denied as he followed up the loose ball but it was cleared for a throw, from the throw the ball came to Kery Kedze who couldn't quite keep his header down meaning it was all square at the break.
The second half couldn't of started much worse for the visitors as Banstead took the lead on 50 minutes, a mix up at the back led to a chance for Tommy Hutchings who fired home to give the hosts the lead. Again the Reds were struggling to break down a resolute Banstead defence and chances were at a premium, the best moment came with 20 minutes to go, Bailey-King showed his quality on the right, his cross was headed agonisingly wide by Tony Halsey.
Redhill's hopes were fading fast with 15 minutes to go, more individual errors left the Reds exposed and Tommy Hutchings calmly finished to make it 2-0 to the home side. A minute later it was game over more comical defending and an error by David Trivino gave Hutchings the chance to complete his hat trick which he did with a close range finish. The Reds battled hard in the last 10 minutes to give themselves a lifeline, Tony Halsey finding a consolation with 7 minutes to go when he finished from close range, but it wasn't enough to stop Banstead taking all three points.
Next up for Redhill is a home game with strugglers Walton & Hersham in a game they will feel they have to win.
Updated 12:07 - 6 Jan 2019 by Charlie Bright