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FA Vase hope for Pagham

Pagham will be hoping a change will be as good as a rest as they head into the FA Vase off the back of two of their poorest results this term.

 

The Lions head to Kent tomorrow to take on Southern Counties East League Premier Division side Erith Town in the FA Vase first round (3pm) before a league visit to East Preston on Tuesday (7.45pm).

 

The trip to Crayford, which is the home of the dogs, could not come at a better time for the Nyetimber Lane side.

 

While their season has not gone fully the way of the four-legged mammals just yet, joint-managers Richie Hellen and Tom Simmonds will be looking for a strong showing to kick-start a faltering campaign.

 

The Lions’ hopes of silverware took a real blow in the last week.

 

First there was a 2-2 draw at home to relegation battlers AFC Uckfield Town in the SCFL Premier, a result which leaves them tenth, 12 points behind the top two.

 

That was followed by a 5-1 hammering at Crawley Down Gatwick in the Peter Bentley Cup, a defeat which ended the Lions’ spell as holders of that particular trophy.

 

Tomorrow’s opponents have struggled so far in the league, sitting third bottom of a competitive division.

 

The Lions will take heart from the fact the Dockers have just won one of five league games at home this term.

 

But Pagham make the trip without a number of key players who have succumbed to injury.

 

Their ranks have been boosted with Shay Wiggans returning to the fold from Littlehampton Town.

 

The defender started the AFC Uckfield match, a game which saw the Lions go 2-0 up thanks to a Scott Murfin penalty and Jamie Horncastle strike.

 

But, after Ryan Cox and then Callum Overton were dismissed, the Lions’ nine men conceded and own goal and a late equaliser to deny them all three points.

 

Luck also deserted them on Tuesday when, despite dominating much of the play and creating more chances, Crawley Down Gatwick were ruthless in front of goal.

 

Going in 2-0 down at half time Murfin halved the deficit. But the Anvils scored three more without reply to dish out a real hammering.

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