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Lions up for the cup versus Heath

Pagham boss Mark Bennett will be hoping to sign off in style as the Lions are on the hunt for silverware.


Bennett is stepping down from the role at Nyetimber Lane at the end of the season.


But he has the chance to end his 18-month tenure with a trophy as the Lions take on


Haywards Heath Town in the Peter Bentley Challenge Cup.


Pagham go into the bank holiday Monday clash at Hassocks (11am) as the underdogs, with Heath entering the last weekend of the season in first place of the SCFL Premier.


But Pagham have found their form in recent weeks – with Bennett turning to youth as he looks to leave the club in good health.


A number of the players he has introduced to the first team have big game experience, with Pagham’s under-21s winning their sixth trophy in three years this past week after a cup victory over Seaford Town.


Before the cup final, Bennett will take charge of his final league match for the Lions tomorrow when they host AFC Uckfield at Nyetimber Lane (3pm).


Elsewhere, Sidlesham FC manager Daren Pearce said he was delighted after his side secured their first piece of silverware for xx years.


The Sids hav emade great strides on and off the pitch after their demotion to SCFL Division Two last season.


A strong league campaign fizzled out with  a few weeks to run.


But, after securing a third place finish, the Sids put all their focus into the final of the Division Two Challenge Cup.


Goals from Tom Atkinson and John Phillips sealed a 2-0 win for the green and golds against Westfield at Shoreham’s Middle Road.


Speaking after the match, Pearce said: “After a long season and missing out on the title to Bosham it was nice to end the season with some silverware.


“The lads have been first class for us this season and deserve all the credit for the cup success.


Tuesday night was another great team performance from one through to 18.”


In SCFL Division One, Selsey rounded off their campaign in style after a 3-0 win over Seaford Town.


Goals from Joe Manners, Bradley Dean and Ryan Chittock secured the win for the Blues.


That sealed a seventh place finish for Steve Bailey’s side in what has been a very competitive division.

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