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Pagham move on in FA Cup

Pagham joint-boss Tom Simmonds is urging his side to keep their feet on the ground despite his unbeaten side producing an FA Cup shock to progress to the next round.


The Lions produced two fine performances to eliminate the higher division Sittingbourne after a replay in the preliminary round of the competition.


Next up is a trip to Isthmian South side Carshalton Athletic on September 2.


But, before then, Pagham must return to the SCFL Premier, hosting Peacehaven & Telscombe tomorrow (3pm) before travelling to Loxwood on Tuesday (7.45pm).


But Simmonds, who took up the reigns alongside Richie Hellen in the summer, is urging his unbeaten side not to get too carried away with Tuesday’s 1-0 win, secured by a late goal by the returning Terrell Lewis.


Speaking to the Post, he said: “We have started really well and are unbeaten so far but  it is only a start and we have simply laid the foundations.


“We are taking one game at a time and now our full focus is on Peacehaven and then on to Lockwood. The key is not to get too far ahead of ourselves.”


The replay only happened after a Scott Murfin strike secured a 1-1 draw at home to the Isthmian South side.


Then, at Sittingbourne, Lewis struck with ten minutes to play to secure a place in the next round and another pay cheque of £1,925 for the club.


Simmonds said: “On Tuesday we were superb. They came at us from the start but we did really well to stay in the match. Then at half time we changed a few things around.


“We always knew that we would have a chance or two if we managed to stay compact and when that chance came we took it.”


A further £3,000 could be banked by the Lions if they beat Carshalton in a week’s time.


Simmonds said: “It’s massive for us. We have got a real good team spirit here even though it’s quite a young group. For us to play the way we did and beat a lot more experienced side over two games will do wonders for us.”


He added: “The money is great for the club as, like every club at this level, you want to win as many games as you can as that money goes a long way.”

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