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Lions end year with yet another defeat

Pagham’s poor end to the 2018/19 continued right to the bitter end as the Lions rounded off the season with defeat to lowly Eastbourne United.

 

In what has been a season of two halves at Nyetimber Lane, Tom Simmonds side went from promotion contenders at the end of November to mid-table obscurity by April.

 

Injuries and the departure of crucial players to other teams contributed to the miserable run of form after the festive break.

 

Since Christmas, Pagham won just two of 20 matches in the SCFL Premier, a streak which saw them tumble down the table.

 

A 3-2 loss to relegation-threatened Eastbourne United in the final match of the season was the club’s ninth loss in a row.

 

Goals from Liam Brady and Alfie Davidson looked to have bagged Lions a point.

 

But such has been Pagham’s form in the second half of the season, a late winner for the visitors surprised no one and ensured Eastbourne United preserved their league status for another season.

For Lions, who finished the season in 11th, the close season will be give plenty of time to reflect and rebuild.

 

The departure of joint manager Richie Hellen last month means that Tom Simmonds will take on all duties in the dugout.

 

His task will be to bring some experienced players into the club to complement an exciting crop of youngsters who have inspired Pagham to under 18s and under 21s success in recent seasons.

 

In SCFL Division One, Selsey completed a good season with a 3-0 win over Worthing United.

 

Ollie Hambleton put the Blues in front with a well-taken strike from 15 yards out in the first half.

 

The victory was sealed in the second period when Tom Jefkins struck on the hour mark before Ryan Morey added a third ten minutes later.

 

It means that Daren Pearce’s side ended the season in fifth spot, a good return for a club which enjoyed an excellent run in.

 

Fellow Division One side Sidlesham will also be happy with their campaign, despite a 3-1 loss to Wick last weekend.

 

A 10th place finish for Steve Bailey’s side on their return to senior football means the club exceeded expectations for the year.

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