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Pagham finally win on road

Pagham finally ended their 13-month wait for an away win as they climbed out of the bottom three on Tuesday night.

 

The Lions beat local rivals East Preston 2-1 to pick up their first victory in the league on their travels since December 12, 2018 – a run stretching a whopping 19 games.

 

The Southern Combination League Premier triumph followed Saturday’s 2-0 success at Nyetimber Lane over Steyning Town.

 

Kerry Hardwell’s side have the chance to make further progress tomorrow when they are at home to Langney Wanderers (3pm) bidding for a hat-trick of wins.

 

Lions broke their hoodoo against EP in a feisty affair.

 

Sammy Ndlovu fired EP into a 13th-minute lead but Lukas Franzen-Jones broke free and on to Toby Funnell’s long pass over the top and crashed the ball home to equalise five minutes later.

 

Funnell fired home a 54th-minute 25-yard free-kick to clinch it.

 

Two players were sin-binned before the final whistle as tempers flared.

 

The previous win was clinched after two first-half goals did the damage.

 

Steyning hit the Pagham bar as early as the fourth minute to let the Lions know they were in for a game.

 

But the home team went in front after ten minutes through an excellent solo goal from recent signing Callum Chalmers after he charged down the left wing, cut inside and beat the goalkeeper at his near post with a lovely calm finish.

 

It was 2-0 in the 24th minute with another cracker.

 

Toby Funnell swung in an excellent cross and Harry Prisk teed up Kieron Howard to drill into a top corner.

 

Excellent defending kept Steyning at bay in the second half.

 

Pagham goalkeeper Jordan Matthews made one fine save and Lewis Jenkins hacked another effort off the line.

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