Pagham management duo Richie Hellen and Tom Simmonds have signed on for another year as the Lions look to go one better next season.
Fans flocking to Nyetimber Lane have been treated to some excellent football this SCFL Premier campaign as the young side put together a promotion push. Despite falling off the pace in the final month, the Lions sealed a third placed finish with a 1-1 draw against neighbours Chichester City last weekend.
The Callum Overton strike, which levelled the match after Jimmy Wild’s opener for Chi, also meant that Pagham scored 100 goals for the league campaign for only the second time in the club’s 115-year history.
Even with just seven points separating them from promotion to the Isthmian South and losing heavily to Chi in the final of the RUR cup, the chairman said he was delighted with the season.
Shea said: “We are over the moon with third place finish. It has been a very competitive league this season so to be third and to be in with a shout until right to the end has been superb. I’ve been really pleased with how things have been going all season.
“We have recently secured the services of the management team and we have started speaking to players so we are ready to push on for next season.”
Fellow SCFL Premier side Chichester City, meanwhile, had to settle for a sixth place finish in the division. Miles Rutherford’s side were also in contention for a top two finish for much of the campaign. But four losses in their final seven games saw Chi slip down the table and left many at Oaklands thinking just what could have been.
Fans can reflect fondly on a cup win and a record-breaking FA Vase run to the last 16.
In SCFL Division Two, Sidlesham put themselves in a strong position to return to senior football at the second time of asking.
Daren Pearce’s side secured second spot in the competitive division after a 3-1 victory away at Bosham on Bank Holiday Monday, after goals from Jake Goulding, Thomas Atkinson and Harry Gregory.
Combined with a 4-0 victory away at Upper Beeding on Saturday, Sids finished one point ahead of Jarvis Brook in third.
With the Recreation Ground meeting step six requirements, it’s now up to the Sussex FA to decide if Sidlesham will be promoted to SCFL Division One next season.
11Bosham had to settle for a fifth place finish but they did lift the Division Two Cup after a 1-0 win over champions Rustington.