It’s no Rye rout but win perks up Pagham

Michael Frangou wheels away after his winner for Pagham against Rye  Picture by Roger Smith
Michael Frangou wheels away after his winner for Pagham against Rye Picture by Roger Smith

Pagham returned to winning ways as Michael Frangou scored his second goal in three games to defeat Rye 1-0 in division one of the Sussex League.

The visitors started the more positively with Daren Pearce providing last line of defence as an eighth-minute strike arrowed goalwards.

Time and again keeper James Binfield was the Lions hero - until the home side, with Malcolm Harwood in charge following John Price’s resignation, seemed to decide to take the game to the visitors.

Josh Clack went on a mazy run, only for Sturey’s sturdy challenge to stop him, earning a yellow card.

Scott Murfin went close with a header, while Rye could muster only a free-kick which went straight to Binfield.

The visitors picked up the pace and a double corner almost resulted in a half-time lead, but Archibald missed a sitter, much to the fury of the Rye management team. Brad Derry went close for the Lions.

The second half began with Pagham going for it shots but shots were going awry.

Rye kept Binfield busy while Pagham had a succession of free-kicks to try to break the deadlock.

One of these on the hour saw the ball pushed behind for a corner as the Lions inched closer.

The goal came on 78 minutes, Frangou taking advantage of a rebound from a Murfin shot to shoot past a stranded Nessling.

On came Liam O’Connor to replace Derry, and Frangou went close again with seven minutes left.

A late booking for Ruben French marred a good afternoon for the Pagham defender.

O’Connor and Frangou again tested Nessling as the Lions moved a point clear in seventh place in thetable.

PAGHAM: Binfield, Hawker, French, Pearce, Booker, Bradshaw (Davidson 54), Clack, Newman, Frangou, S Murfin, Derry (O’Connor 77). Subs: Jordan, Hallett, Bunker.

* Pagham lost 2-1 at home to East Preston in their RUR Cup quarter final last week. Brad Derry’s first-half strike wasn’t quite enough to see the Lions through. Pagham led at the break but Lee Barnard and, in extra-time, Darren Boswell put EP through.

This midweek saw the Lions draw 0-0 at St Francis. They sit seventh in division one.

JON ROSE