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Lions on the lookout for new boss as Paine walks

Pagham must move on quickly from manager Bob Paine’s departure if they are to pull themselves away from relegation trouble.


The former EP boss joined the Lions just a few weeks before the start of the season and assembled a young but inexperienced side.


In recent weeks, the team has started to click – although Pagham still sit second bottom of the SCFL Premier.


With Paine departing the club last week for personal issues, officials are stiill no closer to announcing a replacement.


But with no game until Tuesday, when they head to Whitehawk in the Sussex Senior Cup, chairman Tony Shea knows he has time to make a decision on the club’s future.


Pagham’s poor run continued last weekend when they were defeated 4-1 at third-place Horley Town.


But there were more positives in midweek in a 4-3 victory over high-flying Newhaven in the RUR Cup in midweek.


Attacking right from the first whistle they had the first two chances of the game.


Just after 20 minutes they took the lead when Tom Chalaye nodded in from a corner.


Ten minutes later it was 2-0 as Jack Barnes scored from inside the six-yard box.


The final act of the first half was yet another Pagham goal, with Joe Clarke brilliantly lobbing the Dockers keeper from distance as he broke down the right.


Into the second half and a fourth goal just had to come.


Jake Heryet supplied it just before the hour mark, turning his marker inside out before blasting the ball home from the edge of the box.


The game changed with 20 minutes to go as the referee awarded Newhaven a penalty for a foul in the box, with Ebou Jallow crashing in from the spot.


It could have been 5-1 soon after, when Heryet had a goal disallowed for offside.


Newhaven’s Ian Robinson then scored twice late one, the second in injury time.


But Pagham played out the last three minutes at the other end of the pitch with some comfort.


They now have a free weekend before the trip to east Brighton on Tuesday.

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