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Pagham hope to roar back in 2017 after December slump

Pagham chairman Tony Shea is calling on his Lions team to get over a disappointing December and get the campaign back on track.


The Nyetimber Lane side won just once in the league last month, a run which saw Mark Bennett’s side drop to fifth in the SCFL Premier.


Two draws over local rivals Chichester City and Wick over the Christmas period helped take the Lions back up to fourth.


But, with more than half the games gone this season, they sit 15 points behind first-placed Shoreham.


Pagham have a chance to get over the slump when they travel to second-placed Haywards Heath tomorrow (3pm).


Shea said: “I’m still happy with how things are going overall but we’ve had a disappointing December. There’s no better place to get things going again than by visiting a side that’s above us. It’s a massive game for us and we’re going up there to win.”


Pagham started the Christmas period by visiting Chichester City on Boxing Day.


In what was a drab affair, a late Scott Murfin strike sealed a point for the Lions.


That was followed by a 2-2 draw against a struggling Wick side which featured many former Pagham players. Two second half strikes from Lloyd Rowlatt and Callum Overton put the Lions 2-1 up before a late equaliser spoiled the New Year party.


Shea said: “To be fair, the performances weren’t really there.


|”The Chi match was a pretty dead game. It just looked like both sides had eaten too much turkey. But we are happy with a point.


“Against Wick, we just weren’t up to the standard that we set ourselves earlier in the season.”

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