Pagham’s home season ends in style

Scorers Matt Wood and Michael Frangou celebrate   Picture by Roger Smith
Scorers Matt Wood and Michael Frangou celebrate Picture by Roger Smith

Pagham wrapped up their home Sussex League division one campaign for 2013-14 by claiming an unlikely point against Ringmer after being 2-0 down until time added on.

Neil Murfin was restored to the Lions side, with Michael Frangou dropping to the bench.

Early pressure came from Pagham, with both Neil and Scott Murfin having chances to open the scoring.

A Lions corner was scrambled away, while Jake Hawker headed just over for the home side.

Hawker was later given a talking-to following a tackle on Jake McLean. The Ringmer player was left in a heap, but the referee chose not to show a yellow card.

The visitors opened the scoring on 28 minutes, Jamie Bunn cooking up a goal from nowhere.

A free-kick from Seb Saunders fed Mclean, but his toothless shot went wide of James Binfield’s post. Saunders repeated the feat as the visitors went all-out to get a second before half-time.

And they did just that with five minutes to go as Saunders’ missile shot into the net.

Ringmer had an effort bundled off the line soon after the restart, while Jack Bingham’s shot for the Lions should have brought their first goal.

Josh Clack was unlucky to be judged offside but the Lions were looking more positive.

Frangou, on for Bingham, won a free-kick just outside the area which Clack clattered narrowly over the bar.

Ringmer had a free-kick which pinged round the Pagham area before being smacked over the bar. Jordan Stubbings snuffed out a Pagham attack led by Frangou.

Stubbings fumbled the ball but was able to recover as the Lions looked for a goal. Time and again the Lions raided Ringmer’s half, only for the blue line of Ringmer defenders to repel them.

Binfield pulled off the save of the match, acrobatically tipping over a shot from Seb Saunders with three minutes left. Then just as it looked as if the Lions would end the home season with a loss, two quick goals gained a point.

Frangou pounced to strike his third goal in two games on 89 minutes, then Matt Wood’s short-range shot a minute later finished a frantic game.

With just a visit to Dorking to come on Saturday, the Lions will finish somewhere between seventh and ninth.

Dave Jordan’s Pagham reserve side faced a Hassocks side vying with Saltdean for the reserve premier title.

The youthful second string went behind in the 36th minute. But they fought tooth and nail and got their reward with a sweet goal in the 89th minute to take a point.

JON ROSE

Chichester City are set for a creditable mid-table division-one finish. Their league campaign closes at Horsham YMCA on Saturday.