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Pagham wait for FA probe

Pagham chairman Tony Shea said the club would wait patiently for the results of an investigation after their Sussex Senior Cup quarter final tie with Horsham was postponed at late notice.

The Lions were set to host the Isthmian South side at Nyetimber Lane on Tuesday evening.

But, after a number of Horsham players were involved in a car accident outside London, the match was called off about 45 minutes before kick-off as the visitors had only five players at the ground.

With the Sussex FA now undertaking a probe into the situation, Shea said Pagham were still unsure what the next step would be.

He said: “The Sussex FA are looking into it.

“We’re waiting on news on whether there’s a rematch or whether we go through and the match is not played.”

The situation around the late postponement could be seen as an unwelcome distraction ahead of a big week for the Lions.

With no match last weekend, Pagham slipped to fourth in the SCFL Premier as teams around them picked up points.

It means that going into this weekend there are just three points separating second and seventh.

Tomorrow, the Lions will travel to Three Bridges, a team who are sixth and have taken ten points from the last 12.

But, with striker Dan Simmonds set to return, a man who has scored ten goals in his past four matches, Pagham fear no one.

Shea said: “It is a big week. Hopefully, Dan will be back after missing the Peacehaven match due to a family wedding.

“It is a massive game. We’ll be doing everything we can to try to win the game.

“We’ve been in good form so there’s no reason why we will not put in a good performance.”

Attention will then turn to another cup on Tuesday when Pagham welcome Newhaven to Nyetimber Lane in the semi- final of the RUR Cup (7.30pm).

That is if the FA do not insist on the Senior Cup match with Horsham to be played then.

Shea said: “If it is them [Newhaven], we will approach that as we do any other. We’d like to reach a cup final as it’s good for everyone at the club.”


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