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Pagham still aiming high

Pagham chaiman Tony Shea says the Lions are still in it to win it despite sitting 11 points off the top.


The Nyetimber Lane side started the season with lofty ambitions and for the first few months of the season were more than up to the challenge.


But a disappointing December saw Mark Bennett’s side fall off the pace and they currently sit fourth.


Recent weeks have seen the Lions pick up their form again, with Saturday’s 3-1 home win over Horsham YMCA making it five unbeaten in the league.


With 14 games to go – starting tomorrow away at Littlehampton Town (3pm), Shea is confident his side can lift themselves up the table by the end of the season.


Shea said: “The management still think they can win it.


“That’s the aim, obviously it’s a big ask but we want to finish as high as possible and keep working as hard as we can.”


Pagham’s 3-1 win at home to Horsham YMCA last weekend came courtesy of goals by Kieron Pamment (2) and George Cody.


But the victory was soured with a bad injury to Liam Humphreys, who injured his ankle after falling badly.


Shea said: “Liam has torn ligaments in his ankle. It didn’t look good at the time it happened but it was dealt with really well by the emergency crews on site.


“We wish him all the best.”


Next up for Pagham is a short trip to Littlehampton, a side that Bennett knows well, having guided them to the SCFL Premier title two years ago.


The Lions have already beaten the Golds twice this season. But Town have improved and are slowly pulling themselves away from the relegation zone.


Shea said: “They’ve added a few players we had at the start of the season and I know they are trying to build a side for next season.


“There’s a lot of friendly rivalry but it is a game that I expect us to win.”

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