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Lions must end away day jinx

Kerry Hardwell has warned Pagham must end their away day hoodoo after a 2-1 loss at Crawley Down Gatwick.

 

The Lions took the lead four minutes after the break when Lukas Franzen-Jones scored with a venomous shot from the edge of the penalty area after being set up nicely by Joe Clarke.

 

The Anvils lost their goalkeeper Sam Smith to injury and striker Oscar Weddell took over the gloves but Pagham never had another shot on target.

 

Instead they slipped to defeat as Oli Leslie nodded in on 66 minutes and then Michael Bell fired home the winner four minutes later.

 

Pagham’s last away win in the league was on December 22, 2018 – 19 games ago!

 

Boss Hardwell, who only took charge in November last year, says that run has got to change if they are to stay in the Southern Combination League premier.

 

Hardwell said: “Our away form must improve immediately.

 

“For Pagham not to win a league away game in 2019 is totally unacceptable and something I must take responsibility for.

 

“We asked the lads to build momentum after last week’s performance and I couldn’t knock their efforts but we just lacked that extra bit of quality that we had in the final third the week before.

 

“Lukas Franzen-Jones is starting to really show us his qualities.

 

“We go into this week’s home against Newhaven knowing they are a fantastic team with great qualities, especially in the final third, so we will need to be at our very best to pick up points.”

 

Fifth-placed Newhaven visit tomorrow. Their midweek match was abandoned due to floodlight failure.

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