Pagham closed their pre-season campaign with a 5-2 defeat at Fareham Town.
The Lions’ last friendly was always going to be tough as games against teams from the Wessex League always are, but to give the Creeksiders a five-goal lead was a bit too generous.
And give was the right word in every way as all five of the goals came directly from Pagham mistakes!
The Lions actually started the brighter of the two sides but their attacks came to nothing other than a lob over the keeper by Ryan Hallett which drifted narrowly wide.
The game turned on a horrendous error by keeper Maciek Kason after 24 minutes, who somehow let the ball through his hands for Archie Willcox to score the easiest goal of his career.
Eight minutes later Willcox scored the second easiest goal of his career, tapping home from close range after the Lions decided collectively to forget to clear the ball.
His hat-trick came three minutes later when totally unmarked at the far post he headed home with ease – not a bad effort from a player who lined up at right-back!
Kason did make two startling saves in between these goals or it could have been worse.
It was 4-0 a minute before half-time when Gary Austin was left all alone to volley home from five yards.
Salt was rubbed into the wound three minutes into the second half when the Lions midfield inexplicably gave the ball away to Bartlett-Scott who was allowed to run into the penalty area and score easily.
A sixth effort disallowed for offside was just about the end of the Fareham dominance however as Pagham started their comeback.
First Tom Atkinson latched onto a spectacular overhead kick by Jake Heryet to power a header into the net.
Two minutes later Heryet notched his fourth goal of pre-season when his shot from the edge of the box bounced back off the post and he lashed home the rebound.
Pagham almost made it three when the Fareham keeper pulled off a good save to stop the rampaging Grant Radmore.
By Paul Davidson
Picture: Brian Bigwood