PAGHAM chairman Tony Shea has set his sights on a strong finish to the season after the club’s hopes of silverware ended for another year.
A youthful Lions side came out second best against AFC Uckfield in the quarter final of the RUR Cup in midweek.
Even the return of leading scorer Dan Simmonds from injury was not enough for Pagham as goals either side of the break sealed the 2-1 win for the in-form visitors.
All focus is now on the league with the Lions having the perfect chance to show the rest of the SCFL Premier what they are about when they welcome second-place Newhaven to Nyetimber Lane.
The message from Shea to joint managers Tom Simmonds and Richie Hellen is simple: pick up as many points as possible and improve from the current position of tenth.
He added: “The aim is to pick up as many points as we can in the run in.
“I know the guys are using a few younger players and giving them a chance so it’s a good opportunity to look at them as the pressure is off us with not being in the hunt.”
Pagham were left disappointed from the midweek RUR cup defeat which was played in testing conditions under the lights at Nyetimber.
Shea said: “We wanted to go as far as we can in that competition. We knew we would have a hard game against Uckfield and we know it will be another tough one at Peacehaven [in the semi final].”
Pagham’s ranks have been boosted in recent days with the additions of former players Liam Brady (Arundel), Jordan Matthews (Chichester City), George Bingham (Wick) and Peter Beadle.
The quartet were denied making the reappearance in the white and black after last weekend’s match against Arundel was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.
Shea said: “If truth be known, we are slightly disappointed from not carrying on where we left off last year.
“We had a great finish last year finishing third and went into the season very positive. We are a very hard team to beat and have to finish teams off if we are to pick up points.
“”I think we have drawn 13 games in the league this season – that’s too many if you want to get promoted. We’ve been beaten only four times but have got to finish teams off.
“I do feel there are very fine margins in the leagues and think ten teams are in same boat as us – if you win a match you go up a few spots so we have lots to focus on.”