PAGHAM chairman Tony Shea is hoping for a plum tie after the club showed great spirit to defeat higher division opponents in the Sussex Senior Cup.
The Lions fought like their namesakes to overcome Ryman South outfit East Grinstead Town 3-2 to cruise into the third round.
That was despite being down to ten men for much of the second half after Lloyd Rowlatt was dismissed for a deliberate handball.
Scott Murfin and Callum Overton put the Nyetimber Lane side 2-0 up in the first half before the Wasps were stung into action.
But Kieron Pamment grabbed the winner to send the Lions roaring into the next round. Speaking to the Post, Shea said it was a “great performance”, adding: “It gives us heart for this year and beyond.
“It shows we can play at a higher level.
“I have to credit [manager] Mark [Bennett] and the lads for getting up there for an early kick off and pulling out one of the best performances of the season.
“I’m a very happy man and a very proud chairman.”
The draw for the next round takes place tomorrow evening on BBC Sussex.
Shea added: “We’d love to get Bognor or Brighton at home in the next round.”
The Lions continued their excellent league form last Saturday with a 3-0 victory away at Hassocks. Joe Shelley, Pamment and Murfin grabbed the goals for a win which keeps the Nyetimber Lane side in second, two points off top spot.
There’s no game Saturday for The Lions but they return to action on Tuesday, with a visit to Worthing United in the quarter finals Peter Bentley cup (7.45pm).
Shea said: “We’re after any kind of trophy this year, that’s what we all work so hard behind the scenes for every year.
“We’re desperate for any trophy. It’s a big game for us, we’ll be strong for it.”