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Paine: Pagham will start picking points up soon

Paine_ Pagham will start picking points up soon

Pagham boss Bob Paine is confident the club will pick up after a difficult start to the season.

 

The new Lions manager is playing catch up on his peers after only taking the reigns at Nyetimber Lane a month before the start of the SCFL Premier.

 

That has showed in Pagham’s first four games as the club have scored just once in four, with three defeats along the way.

 

But, after showing glimpses in taking Southern East Counties Premier side Tunbridge Wells to a replay in the FA Cup, Paine believes his young squad will soon start showing delivering results.

 

They have a prime opportunity in the next few days with a game away to newly-promoted Steyning Town tomorrow (3pm) before a home clash with Hassocks on Tuesday (7.45pm).

 

Paine said:

 

“I think we always knew the first month or so would be a challenge given we were late into the job.

 

“We have had to rebuild the squad and had a tough start.

 

“There have been passages in all the games when we have played good football.

 

“But we have had a difficult start against two sides that will likely be in the top six at the end of the season and a good team in the FA Cup.

 

“Overall, though, I’m pleased with where we are at and with Steyning and Hassocks ahead we will be looking to get something from those games.”

 

Paine said he was looking to take the positives from two ties against Tunbridge Wells in the last week.

 

They took the lead in the away tie when George Cody slotted under the home keeper.

 

That chance was set up by Hayden Hunter, who signed during the week, and was making his debut a year after he had originally signed for the Lions but didn’t play because of injuries.

 

But a freak goal in the second half for Tunbridge Wells took the game to a replay, which Pagham lost 2-0 at home

 

Paine said:

 

“We looked at the first two league games and knew they would be challenging and the cup game away was always going to be tough.

 

“But to get a draw shows what we are capable with if we keep on being persistent and moving in the right direction.”

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