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Paine’s Pagham off the bottom after Robins win

Pagham boss Bob Paine will be looking for his young side to push on after chalking up their first win of the SCFL Premier season in midweek.

 

An inexperienced Lions side have started the season off slowly with three successive defeats which had left the side bottom.

 

But the improvement shown by the side in recent games was rewarded in midweek when Pagham defeated Hassocks 1-0 at Nyetimber Lane.

 

Lewis Jenkins bagged a second half goal against the Robins which earned Lions their first points of the season.

 

Paine will be delighted with the result which came after a 2-0 away loss to newly-promoted Steyning Town last weekend when two defensive mistakes proved Pagham’s downfall.

 

The manager, who took up the reins at Nyetimber Lane a few weeks before the start of the season, has made clear it is in front of goal where he wants to see his side improve.

 

That cause has been helped with the arrival of striker Dan O’Brien after he was granted international clearance from the United States.

 

After an early exit in the FA Cup, Pagham will have to wait until Monday to return to action when they head north across the border to play newly-promoted Alfold (3pm).

 

In SCFL Division One, Selsey will be looking to keep up their unbeaten start to the league campaign when they face a bank holiday double header.

 

First up for the Blues is a home match against Billingshurst tomorrow (3pm) before a short trip to Wick on Monday (3pm).

 

Selsey will be looking to improve on last weekend when they drew 2-2 with Storrington.

 

A Tom Atkinson header and Callum Dowdell scoring direct from the corner had twice put Daren Pearce’s side in front, only for the visitors to equalise with ten minutes left.

 

Fellow Division One side Sidlesham – who lost 2-0 at Shoreham last weekend – will be looking to gain their first win of the season at home to Storrington tomorrow (3pm) before heading to Arundel on Monday (3pm).

 

In Division Two, Bosham – who lost 3-0 to St Francis Rangers last time out – head to Montpelier Villa tomorrow (3pm) before a short trip to Ferring on Monday (3pm).

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