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Paine pleased as young Pagham start picking up

Pagham boss Bob Paine promised it would take time – but it appears his young Lions side are starting to find their stride.

 

The former EP manager took charge at Nyetimber Lane just a few weeks before the start of the season.

 

With an entirely new squad Paine warned there would be a tough start as his young charges took time to gel.

 

After two months of the season, the club are second bottom of the SCFL Premier.

 

But things have taken an upturn in the last week with a 2-2 draw against Langney Wanderers thanks to goals from Jared Rance and skipper Jack Barnes.

 

That was followed by a 2-0 victory over league rivals Little Common in the first round of the Sussex Senior Cup.

 

It means Pagham have now lost just once in five in all competitions and sets them up well for a trip to third-place Peacehaven in the league tomorrow (3pm).

 

Paine will want to see his side start as quick as they did in midweek against the Commoners after a superb first half that wielded two goals but could have been at least four.

 

The fifth minute saw Pagham cause total chaos in the visitors’ penalty box after two shots were hacked off the line.

 

Dylan Jelley then saw his volley hit the bar before Tom Chalaye saw a shot kicked off the line.

 

On the half-hour mark, Joe Clarke hit the bar from a corner and then watched in amazement as the rebound hit the post before being cleared.

 

A goal arrived shortly after when a wicked cross from Rance flicked off a defender into the net.

 

Shortly afterwards, Rance was at it again, spinning into the box before being blatantly brought down for a penalty, which Chalaye smashed home to seal the win.

 

However, the Lions have been dealt a blow as striker Dan O’Brien has returned to the United States for personal reason.

 

The front man joined the club in the summer after moving to the UK. He made seven first team appearances despite spending four weeks out with an injured knee before appearing as a substitute in the Little Common win.

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