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Pagham primed for promotion

PAGHAM chairman Tony Shea has played down expectations at Nyetimber Lane – despite the Lions being primed to pounce for a promotion place.


Richie Hellen and Tom Simmonds have overseen a season of change at the SCFL Premier club.


Despite a number of players leaving, they have put together a young team who this week beat Newhaven 2-0 to seal a spot in the final of the RUR cup.


With the Lions also placed fifth in the league, just two points off second, it is gearing up to be a thrilling end of the season for all those following Pagham.


But despite the Lions’ progress, the chairman down played any talks over promotion from step five football.


Shea said: “The target from my point of view was that we have to finish in the top half as that’s where we were last year.


“Richie and Tom may have their own targets in mind but, for me,, I just want to finish as high as possible


“If that means winning the league, then fantastic.”


Pagham sealed their spot in the RUR final thanks to second-half strikes from Lloyd Rowlatt and Dan Simmonds.


Next up is a home clash with East Preston tomorrow (2pm).


The Lions are also yet to hear from the Sussex FA on the results of an investigation into why the Senior Cup quarter final against Horsham a fortnight ago was postponed.


In SCFL Division One, Selsey face a tough task as they head to league leaders Little Common tomorrow (3pm) for a match at The Oval in Eastbourne.


That will be followed up on Tuesday with a trip to Midhurst on Tuesday (7.45pm).


The Blues lost ground on the teams around them last weekend as their match away at St Francis Rangers fell victim to the weather.


In SCFL Division Two, Sidlesham will be looking to get their season back on track as they welcome Ferring to the Recreation Ground tomorrow (3pm).


Daren Pearce’s side have not won since late November and have slipped to fourth, six points behind league leaders Roffey.


In the same division, Bosham’s unbeaten run continues as they welcome Rottingdean Village to Walton Lane tomorrow (2pm).


The Robins beat Montpelier Villa last time out 3-1 thanks to goals from Bradley Miles, Alex Barnes and Graeme Dowden.


That means Bosham have lost only once in their last nine matches.

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