PAGHAM’S promotion push has ended after rivals Three Bridges clinched second spot with a thumping midweek victory.
Three Bridges ran out 3-0 winners on Tuesday night to move seven points clear of third-placed Pagham with just two games to go.
Pagham could have taken the battle down to the penultimate week but threw away the advantage of a blistering start on Saturday against Eastbourne Town to drop two points.
The prolific Dan Simmonds had Pagham fans cheering twice in the opening ten minutes, adding to his large goal tally for the season, as The Lions threatened to blow away their visitors in the summer sun.
But their East Sussex opponents had their own double-quick two goal marksmen in Christopher Cumming-Bart who bagged a brace in just three second-half minutes to give Eastbourne a share of the spoils.
The draw, coupled with Three Bridges’ weekend win at home to Peacehaven and Telscombe, had left Pagham with a four-point gap before Three Bridges kicked off their promotion party in style with a handsome win over relegation threatened Arundel.
They will join Haywards Heath Town in the Isthmian League Division One South next season.
The Lions will play out their final two games of the season, away to Hassocks tomorrow Saturday before finishing their league campaign at Nyetimber Lane against Chichester City.
Both fixtures give them the chance to hold on to third spot from the challenge of Horsham YMCA and their final day visitors.
Pagham and Chichester City will also lock horns next Wednesday in the final of the Sussex RUR Cup – a final that comes one day short of 100 days since both teams qualified for the final way back in January.