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Weakened Pagham dumped out of cup by struggling hosts

THE LIONS endured a fruitless trip to the capital after they were dumped out of the Buildbase FA Vase in the first round away to Southern Counties Eastern Premier League side Erith Town.

 

The hosts had struggled at home all season with five defeats in front of their own supporters already, including an FA Cup loss against Burgess Hill Town.

 

But injury-hit Pagham were unable to make it a Sussex cup double, trailing 1-0 at half-time and any ideas of a comeback were dashed with three more goals after the break.

 

After the second heavy cup defeat in a week, following the 5-1 thrashing at the hands of Crawley Down Gatwick in the Peter Bentley Cup, Pagham will look to build on Tuesday’s battling draw with East Preston with a trip to high-flying Eastbourne Town tomorrow.

 

Pagham took the lead in the midweek fixture with a 16th minute goal from Dan Simmonds against relegation candidates East Preston but couldn’t hang on for all three points.

 

The home side equalled through Hayden Hunter after 63 minutes for a result which leaves Pagham in mid-table and the hosts just above the bottom three places.

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