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A chance to see Wild in the Lions

Boss Kerry Hardwell is delighted to have boosted Pagham’s firepower with the signing of frontman Jimmy Wild.


The former Bognor and Worthing hitman has joined the Lions from Chichester City and will go straight into the squad for the trip to second-from-bottom Hassocks tomorrow (3pm KO).


Hardwell told The Post: “He is a great signing and will no doubt give the club a massive boost.


“Jimmy’s experience at playing at a higher level will be invaluable to the squad and I hope he hits the ground running with good performances and, of course, goals.”


Hardwell is grateful to BetVictor South East Chichester for getting the move made.


He added: “I’d like to say a a big thank you to Andrew Bell and Graham Gee at Chichester for getting the transfer form done so quickly.”


Hardwell was left frustrated as Pagham were denied a win over rivals East Preston in a game that was abandoned at half-time on Boxing Day.


The Lions led 2-1 at the break through a double from Lukas Franzen-Jones after Dan Simmonds had scored from the spot for the hosts.


But Hardwell was left to question whether the game should ever have kicked off in the SCFL Premier after the teams did not emerge for the second period as conditions became unplayable at Lashmar Road.


He said: “Boxing Day football is never ideal as it’s the most busy time of year but availability from my boys was superb.


“I thought common sense should have prevailed however.


“The referee had asked both teams to warm up outside the ground on the local park pitch as the pitch was boggy – for the life of me I can’t understand why the game was even started if he and his officials had doubts over it and with the weather forecast.


“On a positive note, I was proud of all the boys with their attitudes and their performances in what was a good, competitive SCFL game.


“I must say a big thank you to Aaron Miller and the rest of my coaching staff for their work over the festive period too.”


The Lions were left to kick their heels last Saturday too after their game at Lingfield was also postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

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