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Lions hungry for more goals

Pagham chairman Tony Shea believes the Lions’ scoring form will continue as the Nyetimber Lane side hunt for silverware.

 

Under the guidance of joint managers Richie Hellen and Tom Simmonds, their young side remain fighting on three fronts.

 

The past two months have been a real purple patch as Pagham have won seven out of eight in all competitions, scoring 32 goals in the process.

 

That form continued last weekend when the Lions smashed seven past a sorry Worthing United with Dan Simmonds (4), Callum Overton, Lloyd Rowlatt and Jack Parkinson getting the goals.

 

The rout lifted the Lions to sixth in the congested SCFL Premier, still well in contention for a top two spot.

 

With a trip to fifth-place Three Bridges to come on Tuesday (7.45pm), Pagham know a victory will not only keep them in touch at the top, but damage the promotion credentials of one of their rivals.

 

Key to the scoring form of recent weeks has been striker Simmonds. Despite only rejoining the club from Shoreham in October, the number nine has bagged 23 in the league.

 

This includes 16 goals in his past eight matches in all competitions – which includes three hat-tricks.

 

Pagham chairman Tony Shea said: “There’s no doubt that Dan has made a big difference since he came but I do not worry that we are relying on him.

 

“We have also got Callum, who will score 20 goals. We have plenty of goals from midfield too as Lloyd and Terrell Lewis has proved.”

 

As well as remaining in the title hunt, Pagham also have a final in the RUR Cup against Chichester to look forward to in the spring.

 

Before then, the Lions have a Sussex Senior Cup semi-final against Brighton & Hove Albion under-23s on March 13 at Culver Road.

 

Win that and The Lions will have a day out at The Amex to look forward to.

 

Shea said much of the praise must go to his coaching team for bringing on such a young squad.

 

He said: “Richie was assistant last year and when Mark Bennett said he was going to step down for personal reasons, Richie said he fancied it. But we also had the success of the youth teams to think about.

 

“They took a while to get going but, between them and coach Will Searle, they have found something which is working. I can’t praise all the backroom team enough. Everyone at the club is pulling together, I couldn’t be happier.”

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