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Lions look for a cup lift after another league loss

Pagham will be hoping to continue their fine run in knockout competitions in the hope that it will help bolster their struggling league form.


The Lions are currently second-bottom of the SCFL Premier as Bob Paine’s young side continue to find their feet.


Pagham continued a theme of good performances but without picking up any points last weekend when they were unlucky to lose 1-0 to second-top Peacehaven & Telscombe.


Paine’s side will have some respite this weekend, though, when their attention turns to the Peter Bentley Cup with Pagham heading to Eastbourne United (3pm).


Knockout competitions seem to have brought out the best in the young Lions so far this term, with three of their four wins coming in cups.


To get a positive result Paine will be hoping his side can improve their conversion rate, with ten league matches so far delivering just six goals.


That poor form continued last weekend when Pagham had a prime opportunity to take points off a Peacehaven side who played much of the match with ten men.


It was the home side which started the stronger and Pagham keeper Tom Crook had to make several smart saves to keep them at bay.


Peacehaven got what proved to be the winning goal in the 26th minute.


Mike Lloyd raced down the right, cut inside and saw his cross deflect off Dylan Jelley, which completely wrong footed the Lions keeper.


The game swung Pagham’s way four minutes later when home defender Scott Marshall was sent off after a studs up knee-high tackle on Jared Rance.


Although Lions dominated the game for the rest of the first half, they were unable to cause too much trouble for the home defence.


That continued in the second period as Rance and Chalaye both were denied and Lions – much to their frustration – were unable to make their man advantage count


–In SCFL Division Two Bosham host Wadhurst United in the Sussex Intermediate Cup tomorrow (3pm) looking to reverse a run of three matches without a win.


The Robins suffered a heavy 7-0 loss to Copthorne last time out in the league.

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