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FA Vase tie next for Lions

PAGHAM skip league action again tomorrow when they travel to Southern Counties East Premier Division Bearsted in the FA Vase.


The Lions face the Maidstone outfit without the holidaying Joe Shelley in what will be a first-ever Vase match for the hosts.


The Nyetimber Lane side go into the game after getting back to winning ways with a comfortable 3-0 Southern Combination Premier League victory at Loxwood on Tuesday night.


The victory leaves the Lions in fourth spot in the table on 12 points, one behind rivals Chichester City in third but having a game in hand. Shelley, a recruit from Horsham, bagged his first goals for the club since his arrival after Ryan Morey gave the visitors the lead on the half hour.


Two goals from Shelley, one from the spot, made sure for Mark Bennett’s outfit. And Scott Murfin missed a penalty into the bargainy It follows the end of the FA Cup dream but Bennett will have had no complaints following the 3-0 first qualifying round FA Cup exit against a physically stronger, more experienced Hamlet outfit.


But he can take heart that his depleted side will take plus points from the experience of playing such difficult opponents into the rest of the campaign. Lions missed the steel and guile of Shelley, who was cup tied for this clash, as well as the steadiness of the versatile Ruben French. But either way the game was effectively over at half-time with the visitors leading 2-0 through Gavin Tomlin and Mark Weatherstone, with the fomer adding the third on 75 minutes.


Pagham travel to Wick on Tuesday night in the league.

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