PAGHAM joint-boss Tom Simmonds vows his young Lions side will continue to take each game as it comes – despite his side suffering their first defeat in 11.
The Nyetimber Lane side had strung together a fine run which included winning eight of nine matches – including a 1-0 win over Isthmian South leaders Lewes in the Sussex Senior Cup – to take them up to fourth in the SCFL Premier. But that streak was brought to an end last weekend when Pagham suffered a 2-0 loss away at Horsham YMCA.
The Lions – who have dropped to sixth after the defeat – lost out on a chance to bounce back when their RUR Cup quarter final at Crawley Down Gatwick was postponed in midweek. It will take place this Tuesday (7.30pm).
Before then is a local derby with Littlehampton Town in front of a home crowd tomorrow (3pm). Despite the Golds sitting bottom with just three wins all season, Pagham know they cannot afford to take chances if they want to get back to winning ways.
Simmonds said: “We will take each game as it comes. We have got to this point dealing with each one as it comes so I don’t see any reason for drastic changes to the side.
“We have an unbelievably young squad with the average age around 21. If we can keep the group together, then there’s no reason why we cannot be where Lewes are now. That’s where we want to be.”
Central to the Lions run has been the form of striker Dan Simmonds, who has scored 12 in eight league games since his return to the club. Tom Simmonds said: “Dan has been massive for us. He had signed for us at the start of the season but left when he got offered the chance of playing at a higher level.
“Since he has come back from [Isthmian South side] Shoreham, he has had a big impact on the side. With him back up front we have tinkered the way we play a little bit. But it’s not just Dan, it’s also Shay Wiggins and James Thurgar who have had an impact. Since we have had those three in the side we have lost just once.”
Simmonds needs no reminder that defeat came last time out – which makes the match at Littlehampton a very important game.
* Elsewhere, SCFL Division Two side Sidlesham lost the chance to close the gap on league leaders Roffey as their clash was cancelled last weekend.
The Sids, who are third, face Alfold away tomorrow (3pm) looking to make up ground as they are seven points off the top spot.
Bosham host second-place Rustington at Walton Lane tomorrow (3pm) a week on from drawing with Ferring 3-3.