PAGHAM chairman Tony Shea insists he is not getting carried away despite his side sitting second in the SCFL Premier Division.
The free-scoring Lions have been unstoppable in recent weeks, netting 20 goals in their past four matches and conceding just two.
That fine form has propelled the Nyetimber Lane side up the table and in contention for a title challenge.
With the club also in the semi finals of the RUR Cup and the last eight of the Sussex Senior Cup, things are looking rosy for the Lions.
Next up is a trip to eighth-placed Peacehaven & Telscombe tomorrow (3pm), a side that are just five points behind them.
For Shea – who admits he took a chance in appointing former assistant Richie Shea and 24-year-old Tom Simmonds to the post of joint-manager – the progress is very pleasing.
Speaking to the Post, he said: “Things are going really well.
“All the players have just started to realise how Richie and Tom wanted to play. It’s taken a little while to get there but now we are seeing it all in action. As well as the results on the pitch, there has been lots of hard work off it.
“We have worked really hard to get games on and have got a good backroom team.
“The whole club is going in the right direction.”
Shea was buoyed by a fruitful festive period, which included a 5-1 victory over Loxwood last time out – with Lloyd Rowlatt, Terrell Lewis, Joe Booker and Dan Simmonds (2) getting the goals. That came after a 5-0 demolition of Chichester City on Boxing Day.
Shea said the victory, which lifted his club above their local rivals, was ‘massive’, adding: “I felt the nerves on Christmas Day night. You never want to lose to your local rivals especially when it’s a big game over Christmas.
“We all know each other very well. Scott Murfin left us to go there earlier this season and they also have players like Josh Clack and Reuben French who have played for us.
“It was a game which we didn’t want to lose and to be fair we took our opportunities very well and deserved the win.”