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“Much better” – Pagham Lions return to winning ways in style

PAGHAM look to have steadied the ship in style, smashing 12 goals in two games just three days apart.


Mark Bennett’s side had been through a bit of a rough patch, losing two crucial games and drawing with league leaders Shoreham, which left them slightly adrift from the top of the SCFL Premier.


But the Lions have come roaring back – smashing six past Worthing United away last weekend, which lifted them back up to third.


A few days later, they repeated the trick at home, convincingly dispatching Loxwood in the RUR charity cup quarter final.


The two wins set up Bennett’s side nicely for a key game at Nyetimber Lane tomorrow, as they host fifth place Eastbourne United (3pm).


Chairman Tony Shea said: “We’re really pleased with the way they have responded after those two losses against Eastbourne Town and AFC Uckfield. We have been a different class in the last couple of games


“The score flattered us a bit against a very good Loxwood side. But we are into a second semi final of a cup competition now, which we’re all delighted with.”


He added: “We owe Eastbourne a beating after losing in the first game of the season over there. They had four shots and beat us 4-3. I still don’t know how we lost that one.”


Pagham’s return to winning ways started against Worthing United last Saturday.


Kieron Pamment netted a first half hat-trick, which makes it 18 so far for the campaign and puts him top of the league’s scoring charts.


Not to be outdone, Ryan Morey repeated the  three goal trick in the second half.


And despite a late consolation for the Mavericks, the Lions secured a 6-1 win and made the journey back with all three points.


Former Bognor Regis man Morey remained in ruthless form on Tuesday night for the visit of Loxwood in the charity league cup.


He bagged a brace in the 6-0 victory, with Liam Humphreys (2), Scott Murfin and Pamment rounding off the scoring.


Next up the Lions is Eastbourne United, a side that sit one point and two places behind them in the SCFL Premier. A win could take the Lions into second above Haywards Heath.


Then it’s all eyes on to the crunch Boxing Day grudge match against local rivals Chichester City at Oaklands Park.

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