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Lions roar back to grab point at Oval

Pagham staged a thrilling fightback to earn a 2-2 draw at Eastbourne United but were left ruing a late chance to snatch the win.

 

The Lions trailed 2-0 to goals from Sam Crabb and Paul Rogers at The Oval but Toby Funnell pulled one back on 77 minutes and Jake Heryet got the leveller with four minutes left in the Southern Combination League premier clash.

 

There was still time for a winner but Cian Tilley could not find the unmarked Lindon Miller in stoppage time as United keeper Jordan Hawkins made a vital interception.

 

Pagham boss Kerry Hardwell said: “The boys deserved a point after all the hard work they put in and we could have had three at the end of the game but a draw was a fair result.

 

“With a few changes to last week’s squad the boys really did battle throughout and it’s great for me as I now have 19 or 20 players I can call upon at anytime to put a shift in for me and the club.”

 

Pagham’s win took them up to 14th after last Saturday’s game but they head to table toppers Lancing tomorrow.

 

Hardwell said: “We’ve now picked up 13 points out of the last six games and find ourselves slowly climbing the table.

 

“We head to Lancing this week, which will no doubt be a tough test, but we go there full of confidence hoping to get something from the game.”

 

Crabb opened the scoring after 52 minutes when he headed home a free-kick and nine minutes later United broke away and doubled their tally through Rogers with a shot across the goal and into the far corner.

 

Pagham thought they had pulled one back in the 68th minute when Miller scored from a sublime Lukas Franzen-Jone pass only to see it wiped out for offside.

 

After 77 minutes they did halve the deficit when sub Funnell blasted a shot home at the near post.

 

On 86 minutes Heryet got clear on the right and after cutting inside, shot hard towards the goal, only to see keeper Hawkins parry the ball.

 

It went straight back to Heryet to gleefully slam home the equaliser.

 

Selsey returned to action with a superb 2-1 win over Bexhill United in SCL division one.

 

United took the lead through Jamie Bunn direct from a corner after two minutes.

 

Selsey levelled through Ryan Morey when he rounded the keeper midway through the half after being played in by Callum Dowdell and slotted home.

 

The game appeared to be heading towards a draw until the last ten minutes when Bexhill had a player dismissed and James Cowan scored from the resultant free-kick.

 

Selsey head to Shoreham tomorrow (3pm KO).

 

In division two, Bosham are at Rottingdean tomorrow (2pm KO).

 

The Robins lost 3-2 at home last Saturday to Rustington.

 

Adam Thompson struck in the 60th and 88th minutes as the hosts produced a much improved second-half display after trailing 3-0 at the break.

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