PAGHAM joint-boss Tom Simmonds believes his side have nothing to lose as they look to spring an FA Cup shock and equal the club’s best performance in the competition.
The Lions travel to Isthmian South side Carshalton Athletic tomorrow (3pm) in the first qualifying round of the world’s oldest knockout tournament.
They do so off the back of a mixed week, where they lost their unbeaten start to the SCFL Premier season at home to Peacehaven & Telscombe before smashing Loxwood 4-1 away.
Simmonds believes the latter of those results puts his side in good spirits ahead of a trip to a side who sit second in the higher ranked division.
He said: “Obviously the early round against Arundel (4-0) was a must win and then going to Sittingbourne (1-0 after replay) and winning was great but we know that we will be up against a really good side.
“We will go there with nothing to fear as we’ve played and beaten a team at their level already.
“It’s a bit of a free hit, really. If we can go up there, express ourselves and play the way we can, then who knows – there have been bigger shocks than us beating Carshalton in the FA Cup.”
Pagham started their preparations with a 3-2 defeat to Peacehaven last weekend, when a brace from Callum Overton was not enough to prevent a first defeat of the campaign.
But the Lions got back to form on Tuesday when, after falling behind early on, they produced an inspired second half performance, securing the win thanks to Lloyd Rowlatt (2), Overton and Scott Murfin.
Speaking after the Loxwood win, Simmonds said: “It was a really good result. In the second half, we were superb.”
Tomorrow Pagham will be missing Daryl Wollers (suspended) but will be boosted with the return of influential figure Neil Murfin.
With a 70-seater coach travelling from the ground, they will also have a decent away following hopefully cheering them on to success.
Depending on the need for a replay, Pagham are due to return to SCFL action on Tuesday, welcoming Three Bridges to Nyetimber Lane (7.30pm).