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Lions get two wins from two

PAGHAM joint-boss Tom Simmonds says he believes it is no surprise that the Lions have come out of their toughest week of the season with two wins.


The Nyetimber Lane side made it six wins from seven in the SCFL Premier when they beat league leaders Haywards Heath Town 3-0.


Then, on Wednesday, they defeated Isthmian South table toppers Lewes 1-0 in the third round of the Sussex Senior Cup – a victory which takes them into the quarter finals and stretches their unbeaten run in all competitions to ten.


With the Lions up to fourth in the league, Simmonds, who manages the side along with Richie Hellen, says the reason for a turnaround in form has been simple.


He said: “It’s no surprise to me as I know the quality that we have. It’s been a case of getting everyone fit.


“Before our current run, we had a poor stretch of four matches without a win, but then we had ten to 11 players out.”


Pagham can keep the pressure on by beating sixth-placed Horsham YMCA away tomorrow (3pm). Then on Tuesday they head to Crawley Down in the fourth round of the RUR Charity Cup (7.30pm).


While on paper, the away double-header may look daunting, the Lions will be full of pride after sealing a comfortable victory over Haywards Heath.


A second half hat-trick from Dan Simmonds sealed the victory and put Pagham within seven points of the leaders.


The joint manager said: “They didn’t really create many chances. We stifled them. I do expect them to get promoted but no one could have any argument over the result. The scoreline didn’t flatter us to be honest.”


The Heath win was followed up by a 1-0 victory over Lewes, as Ryan Davidson capped a commanding defensive performance with a 90th minute headed winner.


Simmonds said: “We know we can cope with any side from the level above.


“And, with the form we are in, and the way lads are buying into what we are all trying to achieve then we do not fear playing anyone.


“From one to 11 the boys were awesome and stood up to everything.”

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