Lions claim Eastbourne scalp to make county cup progress

Pagham eased their way into round three of the Sussex Senior Cup as Ryman League Eastbourne Town were well-beaten at Nyetimber Lane.

The Lions took their chances to claim another impressive scalp, while Eastbourne were guilty of missing the chances they had.

The first goal came in the 12th minute as Dan Simmonds ghosted in from the right to shoot past Callum Christie in the visitors’ goal.

Pagham’s recent spate of injuries got worse on 40 minutes, as a hamstring injury forced off the unlucky Michael Frangou.

In the final minute of the half Pagham’s Wes Hallett pulled off a superb stop from the onrushing Nathan Crabb.

Goal number two for the Lions came just before the hour, James Temple guiding the ball home for his ninth of the season.

This prompted a change of keeper for the visitors as Toby Godfrey replaced Christie, who’d been struggling with a knock for most of the second half.

The Lions pressed on and the third goal came direct from a free-kick. Greg Robinson made the most of a rare starting place with a superb shot that Godfrey saw only when the ball was in the back of the net.

Late on, Temple’s run and shot deserved better than being scrambled away and the game ended with a trio of chances for the visitors, all wasted, and a well-deserved victory for the in-form Lions.

Tuesday night’s Sussex League first-division action included another defeat for bottom side Chichester City. They lost 3-1 at Hassocks, conceding all three in the first half.

On Saturday, Pagham host Lingfield in the John O’Hara Cup and Chichester are on the road again in the league, heading to St Francis Rangers.