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Pagham blow away Fleetlands in friendly

Pagham wrapped up their home pre-season schedule with a thumping 4-0 win against a very game Fleetlands FC from the Hampshire Senior League on the windiest night of the year so far.


In a gusty first half the Coptermen (so named as they have the only ground in the UK with its own helipad, as well as a golf course) gave as good as they got.


Pagham could have been in front at the break but for some pretty wayward shooting caused by the wind.


Sam Connolly hit the bar from a Jamie Carroll cross in the 12th minute while David Crouch had a decent shot saved by the Fleetlands keeper three minutes later.


Crouch twisted and turned on the edge of the area only to see his shot well saved on the half-hour.


It was then Fleetlands’ turn and Connolly had to be at his best at the other end to clear off his own line before Jake Heryet shot wide at the Fleetlands end of the pitch.


Carroll had a 20-yard shot saved before he set up Callum Chalmers, whose strike ballooned over the bar.


Pagham started the second half with the same team on the pitch but with the wind at their backs they started to look much more threatening.


Carroll had a 25-yard effort well saved straight after the break before Chambers was hacked down in the box a minute later and Crouch stroked the penalty home to open the scoring.


Once again it took a clearance off their own line to keep Fleetlands out, this time Tom Atkinson to the rescue.


But after 53 minutes Chambers burst through on the right, cut in and beat the keeper at his far post to make it 2-0.


A Crouch header across the box fourminutes later was nodded in majestically by Atkinson for 3-0. Sub Grant Radmore made his mark after 74 minutes but his 25-yard effort was just wide before Scott Rafferty scored a ‘worldy’, smashing home from fully 35 yards for 4-0 in the final minute.


Radmore tried to copy him in added time, but his dipping swerving free-kick from even further out flew just wide.


Written by Paul Davidson

Picture: Tommy McMillan

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