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Pagham show fighting spirit

Pagham gave leaders Lancing a scare in a 2-1 defeat last Saturday before bouncing back with a 3-2 win against Lingfield on Wednesday night.


Kerran Boyland put Lingfield ahead on 46 minutes but Lukas Frazen-Jones levelled eight minutes later via a shot off a post.


The hosts went in front through sub’s Jamie Bakhit 25-yard blast on the hour.


But the Lions roared back to take the win after Lindon Miller (83) thumped home from close range and then Joe Clarke struck in stoppage time when he nodded over the keeper from a long punt upfield from a dropball.


The win followed another encouraging performance against Lancing when the Lions almost snatched a point after coming back from 2-0 down for a second week running.


The hosts took the lead in the 52nd minute with a well-worked goal, Andrew Briggs scoring from inside the area.


Pagham gave away a penalty eight minutes later which was converted by the league’s leading scorer Lewis Finney.


The Lions finally showed their claws three minutes later when Jack Barnes, set up by Callum Chalmers, smashed in a 30-yard volley that Mitch Bromage tipped over.


Barnes tried his luck once again from around 25-yards out and this time Bromage could only parry, allowing Chalmers to tap home.


Boss Kerry Hardwell said: “The boys were excellent again against a strong Lancing team.


“We were sloppy after half-time which resulted in us falling two goals behind, however, the character within this group got us back into the game. We should have really nicked a deserved point right at the end.”


Hardwell was delighted with the response against Lingfield in a game played at Whyteleafe FC.


He added: “After falling behind twice in the second half we showed fantastic character again and I was so proud of all the boys for there reaction.

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