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Lions keep up at top of table

The LIONS stayed in the hunt with the early Premier Division pacesetters after holding their nerve in a topsy-turvy fixture away at mid-table Uckfield.


Starting with all the confidence of a team who were undefeated in eight leagues games to start the season, Pagham bossed the early stages on Saturday with George Gaskin tapping home on 25 minutes from a dangerous centre by Jack Rowe-Hurst.


The Lions refused to sit on their lead and pushed for more goals which duly arrived within sight of half-time when Rowe-Hurst turned from provider to scorer with a delicious piece of skill to pluck a deep ball out of the air before lobbing the Uckfield keeper from 18 yards.


But the visitors couldn’t hold on to their two goal advantage until half-time, conceding in first-half stoppage time to give the hosts hope.


Tempers flared on the half-time whistle and the Uckers would have to marshal the rest of their comeback without manager Anthony Storey, who was banished to the stands.


Seven minutes into the second half and the home side were level when The Lions could not relieve sustained pressure and Uckfield equalised despite claims for offside in the scramble.


Momentum was now well and truly with the home side and another untidy goal saw Uckfield take the lead for the first time on 64 minutes.


Not for the first time this season, Pagham showed they have plenty of resilience and levelled the game again five minutes later when Howard Neighbour nodded home a Johan van Driel corner to set up a barnstorming finish with both teams pushing for the three points.


And it was to be Pagham’s day when another corner was turned home by Callum Overton on 80 minutes despite Uckfield claims it had not crossed the line.


The Lions can go ten undefeated when they play Langney Wanderers at home tomorrow.

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