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Lions face promotion dilemma

Pagham chairman Tony Shea says the club remain in two minds if they will push for promotion this term.

 

The Lions are undefeated in ten in all competitions and still in the hunt for three trophies. But, hopes of bringing the SCFL Premier title back to Nyetimber Lane suffered a blow last weekend when Pagham drew 1-1 at lowly Arundel.

 

That result leaves the Lions in sixth, 12 points behind league leaders Horsham YMCA but with two games in hand.

 

Pagham have a chance to close that tomorrow when they welcome mid-table Broadbridge Heath to Nyetimber Lane (3pm).

 

With many of the top teams still to play each other, seven sides remain in contention and all have hopes of lifting the county league title at the end of April.

 

The prize could be even greater, with a change in the rules meaning the teams that finish in the top two of the division would be automatically promoted to the Isthmian South regardless of their ground grading,

 

Even with this and the side losing just once in 21 matches in all competitions, Shea said Pagham officials remained unclear if they were committed to taking the club to a higher level.

 

Speaking to the Post, he said: “We’re still no clearer at all as to whether we will go for it.

 

“We’re still in two minds. At the moment I would like to say we would go for it but that’s still to be confirmed by committee members and the club as a whole.

 

“As it is, the top two go up so we will take it if we are there. We are pushing for it.”

 

The Lions will need to avoid similar stalemates to last weekend.

 

They thought they had struck early in a bid for three more points when Dan Simmonds scored after just two minutes.

 

But Arundel fought back and equalised through Josh Biggs just moments later.

 

Try as they might, the Lions could not find the winner in a game that was low on quality and on chances.

 

In SCFL Division One, struggling Selsey return to league action seeking their second win in five matches.

 

Steve Bailey’s side head to fifth-bottom Storrington tomorrow (3pm) looking to reverse their poor run which has seen them slip to eighth.

 

The Blues more than held their own last time out against league leaders Little Common in the division one cup. But after taking Common to extra time, two late strikes denied Selsey a place in the semi finals.

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