Sussex League: Lions roar back with a win

Pagham manager John Price was delighted with the win at Littlehampton  C120344-4
Pagham manager John Price was delighted with the win at Littlehampton C120344-4

OUR weather-hit Sussex League teams got back into action as the rain stayed away in midweek - with mixed fortunes between them.

Here are the reports from county league division one.

Littlehampton 0 Pagham 2

Pagham last played exactly a month ago but showed no signs of rust on their trip along the coast.

Littlehampton were second in the table and had been going well, but came unstuck against the Lions at the St Flora Sportsfield.

First-half goals from Josh Clack and Jake Hawker were enough to give Pagham victory and see them move up to seventh in the table.

Lancing 1 Chichester City 0

It was more than a month since Chichester City had played but they went into Tuesday’s game knowing that victory would see them move eight points clear of their opponents.

Lancing had been dragged down to fourth from bottom following a six-point deduction. But the home side will have been delighted that James Wotherspoon’s first-half strike was enough to claim victory and ease their troubles.

Selsey 0 Arundel 2

Arundel have had a difficult season so far - third from bottom, without a league win since September and having to play home games away because of bad flooding. However, they tore up the formbook on their visit to Selsey and stunned their mid-table hosts to earn a much-needed win.

A goal from Luke Jearum on the stroke of half-time was followed up with a strike from Lewis Jenkins midway through the second half to take all three points.

This weekend, all our local sides will hope the drier weather allows a full set of games.

Pagham, Chichester and Selsey are all on their travels in division one - to Hassocks, Hailsham and St Francis respectively.

Midhurst go to Little Common in division while Sidlesham entertain Southwick in division three.

In the West Sussex League, badly hit by the downpours of the past couple of months, scheduled fixtures for this weekend in the premier division include Bosham v West Chiltington and Lavant v Hunston Comm Club.

See next week’s Observer for all the reports - weather permitting.