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Leaders next for Pagham

Pagham joint-boss Tom Simmonds says the pressure is off his young side as the Lions remain in the hunt for the SCFL Premier title.


Two wins in the past week have kept the Nyetimber Lane side in second place, just one point off top spot.


Next up for Pagham is a mouthwatering clash away at leaders Haywards Heath tomorrow (3pm).


Win that – and the Lions will be in the driving seat with just four matches of the league season to go.


But Simmonds, who manages the side alongside Richie Hellen, said he believed his side were only focused on the next game.


He said: “Not many people were picking us to be one of the sides in the hunt at the start of the season so to be in the promotion places going into the last month of the season is testament to how hard everyone’s worked.


“We’ll just keep going about our business in the same way as we have done all season and see where it takes us.


“We’ve not lost in the league since December and, if we continue to do the things that have given us success in that time, we’ll certainly be there or thereabouts.”


Pagham go into the table-topping clash after seeing off one of their rivals in the past week.


In front of a crowd of more than 100, the Lions produced an inspired display to beat fifth-placed Saltdean United 3-0.


Daniel Simmonds was the match winner hitting two with James Thurgar hitting home the third with half-hour still to play.


The brace from Simmonds meant he crossed the 50 goal mark for the season.


He then followed that up with a hat-trick on Tuesday as the Lions beat Broadbridge Heath 4-0 on Tuesday.


Thurgar scored the other goal making it three in three for him.


The match was marred by three red cards after a first-half fracas, including a dismissal for Pagham’s defender Ryan Davidson, who will now miss some of the run in.


Pagham go into the Heath match on a roll and are now undefeated in 17 in the league. The Lions won the return fixture in December 3-0, with Simmonds scoring a hat-trick.

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