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Pagham pumped up for derby

Pagham will go into their crunch Boxing Day derby against Chichester City with added incentive as the Lions seek their first win in more than a month.


Hopes were high at Nyetimber Lane that this season would see a push on all fronts with promotion the ultimate aim for an ambitious outfit.


But those hopes have faded in recent weeks, with Pagham losing out in the last 64 of the FA Vase as well as seeing their undefeated record in the SCFL Premier end.


Now on a run of three defeats in a row, Pagham’s hopes of recording their first win since mid-November against Hassocks have been dashed by the weather.


Lions, who are now seventh, will try again tomorrow when they play Lancing on the 3G at Culver Road (3pm)


Then it is back to Nyetimber on Boxing Day for that much-anticipated clash with league leaders Chichester (11am).


The two sides have already met at Nyetimber Lane this season in the Peter Bentley Cup. While the match ended in a goalless draw, it was Chi who progressed after a nervy penalty shoot-out.


In SCFL Division One, Selsey and Sidlesham will also lock horns for their own Boxing Day derby (11am) with both sides in need of three points.


Blues have been surging up the table in recent weeks, rising to fifth after three wins from four.


Meanwhile, Sids are at the other end of the table, with Steve Bailey’s side sitting seventh bottom in what is a tight division.


The match at Selsey’s Bunn Leisure Stadium will be extra special for the managers of both sides who only six months ago were managing the opposing clubs.


Both Selsey and Sids will be short of match practice though having played just once each in the last month.


In SCFL Division Two, Bosham look to have put their early season difficulties behind them as they pull away from the foot of the table.


The Robins welcome bottom side Ferring to Walton Lane tomorrow (2pm) having won their last three in the league.


The latest came away at Worthing Town last weekend when an early goal from Conor Crabb and then a second half strike by James Ruston sealed all three points.


The result has lifted Bosham to fifth bottom. With tomorrow’s opponents winning just once all season the odds should be in the Robins’ favour to make it four wins on the bounce.

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