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Pagham push on for fourth

PAGHAM’S search for consistency continues as the Lions once again failed to turn pressure into three points.

 

Mark Bennett’s side have been through a topsy-turvy year in the SCFL Premier.

 

The good news is that the Lions have reached their first final in more than a decade.

 

But, for a club which has ambitions of promotion to the Ryman League, the current league position of fourth is not as good as many would hope.

 

Pagham now have five games left – plus that cup final against Haywards Heath on May 1 – to secure a top four finish and look ahead to next season.

 

The run-in starts tomorrow when they welcome Crawley Down Gatwick to Nyetimber Lane (3pm).

 

The young Lions side will be keen to show Bennett that he can rely on them to push Pagham on after what has been a difficult year.

 

Last Saturday’s match against Newhaven was systematic of the troubles they have faced. In front of a decent home crowd, the Lions scored early – a sublime Scott Murfin free-kick was arrowed towards Callum Overton who made no mistake heading over Jake Buss in the visitors’ goal.

 

But, as has been the case for most the season, the Lions failed to make the most of the lead and a Lee Robinson strike ensured the Dockers headed back east with a point.

 

It could have been worse for the Lions as Robinson had earlier missed a penalty which, if converted, would have condemned Pagham to an unfortunate defeat.

 

The game summed up the issue for Bennett’s side.

 

Since the turn of the year, Pagham have been completely inconsistent.

 

They have won seven, drawn three and lost six of their 16 games in all competitions.

 

For a team that had hoped to be pushing for promotion, many at Nyetimber Lane will admit they have been disappointed.

 

If there is a glimmer of light, it is with the youth set-up.

 

This week Pagham’s under-21s reached the final of their age group cup after a 2-1 win over Shoreham.

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