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Returning Simmonds lifts Lions

FOUR goals in two games from Dan Simmonds ensured a welcome return to form for Pagham.

 

The Lions have struggled in recent weeks, winning just once in October before Saturday’s clash with Eastbourne Town.

 

But striker Simmonds, who returned to Nyetimber Lane after a spell with Wick and Isthmian South side Shoreham, ensured Pagham came away with a 2-0 victory from a trip to one of the SCFL Premier’s form sides.

 

That was followed by a 3-2 home win against AFC Uckfield Town in the third round of the RUR Cup.

 

Two early goals from Simmonds, along with a Joe Kilhams strike, put the Lions three up within 20 minutes. The visitors fought back but it was not enough to deny Pagham a place in the next round.

 

Next up for the Lions, who now sit eighth in SCFL Premier, is a home league match against Hassocks tomorrow (3pm). That is followed by a Sussex Senior Cup clash against Southern Counties East League Premier side Crowborough Athletic on Tuesday under the lights at Nyetimber Lane (7.30pm).

 

In SCFL Division One, Selsey will be looking to follow up their first league win in nearly two months with another three points at home to title challengers Little Common tomorrow (3pm).

 

Steve Bailey’s side chalked up a 2-0 victory away at Oakwood last weekend, Ryan Chittock and Jake Goulding getting the goals.

 

That was the Blues’ first victory in the league since the start of September and lifts them to fifth. But they are set for a much sterner test tomorrow when they welcome the league leaders to the High Street Ground.

 

That is followed by a trip to SCFL Premier team Haywards Heath Town in the second round of the Sussex Senior Cup on Tuesday (7.45pm).

 

In SCFL Division Two, Sidlesham will hope to bounce back from their first league defeat of the season away at second bottom Clymping tomorrow (2pm).

 

Daren Pearce’s side suffered a setback last weekend when league leaders Roffey inflicted a 2-1 reverse on them with two second half strikes. The Sids are now six points behind the top spot in fourth and will be looking to get back on track in the match at Littlehampton’s St Flora’s Sportsfield tomorrow.

 

Meanwhile, Bosham suffered their third defeat in a row after a 4-2 loss at Rottingdean Village. The Robins welcome Cowfold to Walton Lane tomorrow (2pm) eager to return to winning ways.

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