Worthing claimed the inaugural Dave Kew Cup 6-4 in a remarkable ten-goal thriller at Nyetimber Lane, writes Paul Davidson.
For Southern Combination League hosts Pagham (level five), it was always going to be a tough task against Isthmian League premier Worthing (level three) as the four-team tournament reached its conclusion on Sunday.
The final ran true to expectations and after two early half-chances for the home side, the Mackerel Men grabbed the lead in the 11th minute through ex-Pagham striker Kieron Pamment.
Six minutes later it was 2-0 to the visitors when Ollie Pearce stroked home a harshly given penalty.
After Grant Radmore went narrowly wide with the only Pagham chance of the first half, Mo Jammeh made it 3-0 soon after.
Lions keeper Connor Kelly pulled off a terrific save to temporarily stop the flow but Pamment and Pearce both added their second goals before half-time to leave the Lions trailing 5-0 at the interval and facing a tough second period.
However, soon after Kelly pushed a rocket shot onto the bar, the tide began to turn Pagham’s way.
Both sides made various changes, but it was Pagham’s introduction of Callum Chalmers and David Crouch that was to make the difference.
Worthing keeper Rui Buckland managed to save Chalmers’ first shot, but not to be denied, the big forward bravely won the ball back on the right and crossed for Jake Heryet to tap home at the far post.
A minute later Worthing got their sixth when a horrendous Pagham defensive error let in sub Stevan Jovanovic, but it was not all over yet.
The Lions dragged themselves back off the floor and started to prowl once again at the opposite end.
Crouch made it two after Jamie Carroll had hit the post, and skipper Jack Barnes lobbed a perfect third after more excellent work from Chalmers.
Two more chances could have gone in for Pagham, but there was still time for Heryet to grab his second and the Lions fourth when he headed home a Chalmers cross on 86 minutes.
Pagham will host Fleet Town at Nyetimber Lane in the FA Cup the extra preliminary round on Tuesday, September 1.