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Pagham through to RUR semi

PAGHAM prepared for their Christmas derby day clash with Chichester City in the best possible way after chalking up two wins from two in the past week.

 

The Lions have hit their stride in recent weeks, stringing together a run of eight wins from nine in all competitions.

 

Braces each for Callum Overton and Daniel Simmonds, alongside James Thurgar strike, sealed a 5-1 victory over bottom side Littlehampton Town last weekend.

 

That was followed up by a 5-0 win against Crawley Down Gatwick on Tuesday in the quarter final of the RUR cup, with Simmonds (3), Lloyd Rowlatt and Overton scoring.

 

It means Richie Hellen and Tom Simmonds side head into the match at Oaklands Park on Tuesday (11am) full of good cheer.

 

With Pagham sitting sixth in the SCFL Premier, they are still in contention for a promotion place with half the league season gone. However, that fight looks to be tighter than ever – with just eight points separating the top nine sides. With two matches over the Christmas period against teams that are in the mix, the Lions know they must keep up the pressure on those above them and keep on picking up points.

 

The match against Chichester City will be one of those tests, as Miles Rutherford’s side sit second and have won six of their last seven.

 

Fans will no doubt want to see more than the Boxing Day clash a year ago. Both sides were flying high but the match did not live up to expectation, ending in a drab 1-1 draw in front of a bumper crowd.

 

In SCFL Division One, seventh-placed Selsey have a busy Christmas period hosting a festive double header. It starts tomorrow when the Blues welcome Seaford Town to the Bunn Leisure Stadium (3pm).

 

Then, on Boxing Day, Steve Bailey’s side host fourth-placed Wick (11am) as they look to close the gap on those sides above them.

 

In SCFL Division Two, Sidlesham will be looking to bounce back after suffering back-to-back defeats for the first time all season.

 

Daren Pearce’s side were second, looking bang on course for promotion back to senior football. But a 3-2 defeat at Alford last weekend has seen the Sids slip to fourth, seven points behind leaders Roffey.

 

They have a chance to close the gap when they welcome local rivals Bosham to the Recreation Ground tomorrow (3pm) for the traditional festive clash.

 

The Robins drew 2-2 against Rustington last time out, thanks to goals from Grant Radmore and a late Jack Hardman strike.

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