Pagham are turning to plastic as the Lions look to get their season back on track.
Officials at Nyetimber Lane had high hopes for a promotion push and cup success this term. But Mark Bennett’s side have had a terrible fortnight, losing three times, which included an injury-time defeat in the semi-final of the RUR Cup.
That curse of late-goals struck again on Saturday, when Pagham were condemned to a 2-1 defeat at home to Arundel.
Joe Shelley’s penalty had brought Bennett’s side level – but the visitors’ Harry Russell popped up in the last minute to ensure the relegation contenders took all three points.
With the Nyetimber Lane side now sitting fifth in the league, all hopes of a late push for promotion look like a long shot.
That means Tuesday night’s match against Langney Wanderers in the semi-final of the Peter Bentley cup on the 3G pitch at Steyning (7.30pm) has extra importance now.
First, though, is a run-out on the plastic pitch at Lancing in the league tomorrow (3pm), which will give the Lions a chance to get to grips with the unfamiliar surface.