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Lions ready for 2017/18

Pagham chairman Tony Shea is confident his new management duo can deliver good times to Nyetimber Lane.

 

The Lions had high hopes of a promotion push in the SCFL Premier last term.

 

But inconsistency cost them dear and, following a poor run after Christmas, Pagham finished in fourth.

 

There was some cheer, though, after Mark Bennett’s side sealed the Peter Bentley Cup for the first time in more than 20 years.

 

This time round Bennett is not in the dugout – but Shea has been keen to maintain some consistency, promoting last year’s assistant manager Richie Hellen and under-21s boss Tom Simmonds to the top job.

 

With the majority of last season’s squad signing on for another year, the chairman believes his club can match the showing of last year.

 

Shea told the Post: “There is no target this season although I hope we can match how we did last year.

 

“Like everyone at any club in the country, I’m absolutely hoping to get some silverware.

 

“We have got the reserves and under 21s which is all geared towards the first team and that’s the way we are playing it.

 

“If they get any silverware, all the better. There’s no pressure on the managers to do that but, if we can nick a cup then great, while every side goes into the season with the aim of winning the league.”

 

Pagham’s ranks have been boosted with the addition of Chichester City’s Jamie Horncastle and Tom Gannon, a former Crawley Down player who has recently moved to the area.

 

Both have featured in the Lions’ pre-season fixtures which included a 4-1 win over Cowes at Nyetimber Lane on Saturday and a 4-2 victory over SCFL Division One side

 

Selsey on Wednesday. Pre-season preparations continue tomorrow with a home double header against Fareham.

 

Shea said: “We’re really pleased with how things have gone in the pre-season.

 

“The joint manager situation is going fine. It is helped that both were involved in the setup last year so they both know about the club and the players. That’s worked really well for us and at the moment there’s no issues at all.”

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