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Semi final showdown for Lions

Pagham chief Tony Shea says his side will ‘go for it’ as they look to seal a spot in the final of the Sussex Senior Cup for the first time in their history.


The Lions have been in sparkling form in the county knockout cup – with the run to the last four seeing the SCFL Premier side knock out Isthmian South sides Lewes and Horsham on the way.


But Pagham will have their work cut out in their bid to reach the show-piece final at the American Express Community Stadium, having to defeat Brighton & Hove Albion’s under-23s side on Tuesday night (7.15pm).


With hundreds of people expected to pack into the Sussex County FA headquarters in Lancing for the match, the Lions chief believes his side will put in a good performance against a team which is full of youth international players.


Shea said: “It’s great to be in the semi-final. It will be really tough game but it will be magical if we can get to the final


“Obviously they are a decent outfit, they are all professionals and it will be very hard task. But we will go for it and enjoy the occasion.”


Pagham’s preparations for the match were dented when their league match against Broadbridge Heath last weekend was postponed because of the snow.


With some of the other sides around them managing to get on the pitch, the Lions have now slipped to seventh.


But, with six points separating Pagham and Three Bridges in second, the Nyetimber Lane side know that they are still in contention of a top-two finish.


They are helped in that task by having the best goal difference in the league, having smashed more than 70 goals so far.


Tomorrow, the Lions travel to play mid-table Lancing in the league (3pm) looking to close the gap on the sides above them.


With the Lancers having lost their past five games, Pagham will be favourites to bag all three points on the artificial surface at Culver Road.


Then, three days later, they will return to Lancing to play the Seagulls’ young guns for that semi-final.


With Brighton’s under-23s regularly facing off against fellow Premier League youngsters, Pagham will need to be at their best if they are to spring a surprise.


The winners will play League Two side Crawley Town, who defeated SCFL Premier side Saltdean United 6-0.


Tickets, which are only available on the gate, are £10 adults, £5 seniors, £3 juniors.

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