Pagham boss Kerry Hardwell was not too downhearted after he suffered his first defeat since taking charge as manager.
The Lions went down 1-0 to AFC Uckfield Town in a game which will not live long in the memory.
Uckfield edged the win with a 31st-minute goal when Matt Barbosa found some room on the right-hand side of the penalty area and beat Lions keeper Jordan Matthews at the near-post.
Matthews made an excellent save early in the second period to keep out Uckfield but there were few chances.
Lions sub Jake Heryet had a late effort blocked.
Hardwell said: “The boys matched a team that can go third in the table if they win their game in hand and who have been together for a long time.
“I felt the boys deserved to get something out of the game.
“This week, three points are a must. ”
The Lions host bottom side Loxwood tomorrow (3pm) in a crunch clash.
Selsey returned to action with a 2-1 home win over Southwick in SCFL division one.
Max Davies scored with a superb half-volley from a Ryan Morey run and cross for the opener after 20 minutes.
Scott Rafferty added the second six minutes later after curling home from 18 yards after being played in.
The Wickers replied and put Selsey under pressure in the second half but the hosts dug in to claim the win.
The Blues’ Tuesday night game was postponed against Oakwood and they go to Arundel tomorrow.
In division two, Bosham lost 3-0 at home St Francis Rangers. They head to Rottingdean Village tomorrow (2pm KO).