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Lions seal Senior Cup semi spot

Pagham are just one step away from running out at a Premier League ground after their ten men downed Horsham in the quarter final of the Sussex Senior Cup.

 

The Lions have been in fine form all season. With three months of the season to go, they remain in contention on three fronts.

 

Remarkably, this includes the Sussex Senior Cup, after the Lions overcame all the odds to defeat Isthmian South side Horsham 3-0 on Tuesday night.

 

The victory, achieved with ten men for 70 minutes, was sealed with two goals from Callum Overton and a stunning strike from the edge of the box by Dan Simmonds.

 

It was even more remarkable for the performance of keeper James Binfield, who made four or five top class saves as well as repelling a penalty.

 

It means Pagham now go into the last four along with fellow SCFL Premier side Saltdean United, Brighton & Hove Albion under-23s and Crawley Town.

 

Win in the semi finals, and a May date at The Amex stadium awaits the Nyetimber Lane side.

 

The Lions already have a cup date to look forward to, playing Chichester City in the final of the RUR Cup.

 

Before that, though, thoughts must turn to the league, where the Lions are sixth in a very competitive fight for the top spots.

 

With applications and ground-grading not necessary to seal promotion, those at Nyetimber Lane have a difficult decision to make on whether Pagham are ready to take the step to the next level.

 

Chairman Tony Shea said: “I’m delighted with the progress that has been made and big thanks must be made to everyone involved with the club.

 

“We must think long and hard, though, if the club, the players and the management team are ready for promotion. I’m not prepared to go up if we lose a large number of players.

 

“If we keep progressing then we will have those conversations, but so far I haven’t had those conversations with them.”

 

First, however, they must take care of things on the pitch. The next four days sees Pagham have two very winnable games from which they must take maximum points if they are to close the gap on the sides above them.

 

Tomorrow, Worthing United visit Nyetimber Lane (3pm) before East Preston make the short trip along the coast on Tuesday (7.45pm). Both sides are in the bottom six. And with eight teams in contention for the top two spots anything less than two wins would be a let down.

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