Perfect week for Pagham - helped by 14-0 win

Tom Atkinson helped Pagham reserves to a huge win   Picture by Roger Smith
Tom Atkinson helped Pagham reserves to a huge win Picture by Roger Smith
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Pagham’s weekend went well as all their three teams turned in great performances.

Gary Block’s first team finally got their revenge on Dorking Wanderers after two cup defeats there in recent weeks.

In the Sussex League division-one fixture, taking all three points in a tightly-fought 4-2 victory.

Despite a run of injuries of late and reserve players being drafted in, Block got the best out of the players as Scott Murfin scored a double while Michael Asare and Ryan Morley notched the others.

Meanwhile the reserves were hitting Bosham reserves for 14 in a one-sided Reserve Section Challenge Cup first-round clash. Top scorer Jamie Rose and Samid Gashi each hit four, Tom Atkinson notched a hat-trick and five assists, while Rob Linkham, Carl Turney and Sam Dowsett completed the scoring.

Sunday saw the under-18s taking on Wick & Barnham at Nyetimber Lane and they made their presence felt, bulldozing into a 4-0 half-time lead.

From the restart the youngsters made the running to run out 9-0 victors. It would have been more but for the visitors’ goalkeeper.

Dave Cough scored a well-deserved hat-trick, Sam Connolly bagged two and Josh Irish, Danny Greenslade, George Cody and Jake Stanley were the other scorers.

ROGER SMITH

Pagham 2 Crawley Down Gatwick 1

Sussex League division one

One down after a minute, the Lions clipped the wings of the visitors with a second-half display that deservedly grabbed all three points.

Gary Block’s side, still missing some influential players, were forceful and resiliant to ensure a second win in a row.

Falling behind to a shock first-minute goal, the Lions quickly got back into the game.

Ryan Morey had a masterful game on the left, running rings round his opposite number. On the opposite wing, Josh Clack’s pace caused all sorts of problems for the visitors and it was unfortunate the Lions didn’t get a quick equaliser.

With Nathan Hawker playing out of his skin in his first start for the Lions, the home side were looking bright. Crawley Down did have some pressure, James Binfield coming to the rescue with a string of timely saves.

Michael Asare had a shot cleared off the line, while Crawley Down could have gone 2-0 up as the ball was pinged back and forth across the Pagham area.

Ten minutes into the second half the equaliser came from a Clack cross. Andy Brown bustled his way into the area and a powerful header gave Seb Bos no chance in the visitors’ goal.

Four minutes later the Lions were awarded a penalty in controversial circumstances. Matthew Gates needed lengthy treatment for the visitors, but referee Barrie Small had already pointed to the spot after Morey was bought down.

With Gates having to leave the field injured, and Mo Shuga’a substituted, apparently on the advice of the referee, Scott Murfin was finally able to return to the job in hand for Pagham and despatch a confident spot-kick past Bos.

Bos did well to keep out a shot from Pagham after sublime approach work from Morey. Josh Alcock shot well over for Crawley Down, while Binfield followed this up with another good save from a visitors’ shot.

Asare almost added to his tally as a Clack cross was just headed off target and a Lions shot pinged off the post.

Pagham now look forward to a visit to Shoreham on Saturday.

PAGHAM: Binfield, A Brown, N Hawker, Broadbent, J Hawker, O’Connor, Clack, Asare, Wimble, S Murfin, Morey. Subs: Garnett, Irish, Maskell, Richer.

JON ROSE