Scott Murfin’s hat-trick was the icing on the cake as Pagham’s class told in a 5-2 FA Vase win against the county league division-two leaders Worthing United to earn them a first-round clash at home to Spelthorne Sports. And the Lions are also in the next round of the Sussex Senior Cup.
The Mavericks came to Nyetimber Lane having won their past three games, but the Lions were also on a fine run of form which had taken them to second in division one.
Gary Block’s men attacked from the off, but early chances mainly came from dead-ball situations.
The first goal came on the quarter-hour, Murfin racing into the area and being upended for a spot-kick which he tucked away.
Keeper James Binfield was being kept busy at the other end with Sam Blundell looking threatening.
Goal number two came on 27 minutes, a pinpoint cross from Josh Clack being rifled home by Jake Hawker.
The goal of the game came just after the half hour, Luca Coleman-Carr striking a superb effort from long range that had the crowd giving him a grest ovation.
A few minutes later, the visitors narrowed the deficit when a goalmouth scramble saw the ball bundled home by Sam Blundell.
But the Lions struck back almost from the restart, Clack again the provider for Murfin to head home Pagham’s fourth.
At the start of the second period, Binfield proved his worth with a string of fine saves for Pagham.
Worthing keeper Matt Grimstone saved well to deny Murfin just on the hour.
Binfield went into the book as he raced out of his area, catching his opponent. The referee took his time before awarding a booking rather than the sending-off some had expected.
Binfield atoned with a classy double save to stop the Mavericks closing the gap.
Michael Asare’s great approach work gave Pagham their fifth and Murfin completed his hat-trick.
Worthing showed why they’ve lost only once in the league as they got another back through Aaron Hasan’s fine header.
On 71 minutes, Jack Hayward’s two-footed challenge on the Lions’ Andy Brown was leniently treated by the referee, who showed yellow.
Asare for Pagham and Blundell for Worthing both missed the target before Clack would have made it six for the Lions had Grimstone not pulled off a reaction save.
The next round is on November 1.
PAGHAM: Binfield, A Brown, French, Davidson, Hawker, N Murfin (O’Connor 69), Clack, Coleman-Carr, Asare, S Murfin (Rowlett 62), Morey. Subs: Hawker, Bunker, Richer.
Pagham 2 Shoreham 1
Sussex Senior Cup R1
Having beaten the Musselmen 1-0 in the league a few weeks ago, a quick return match could have allowed the visitors an early chance of revenge.
Josh Clack put paid to that within a minute with a fine opening goal. But on four minutes an injured Scott Murfin, hat-trick hero in the previous game, left the field to be replaced by Rob Wimble.
Shoreham came back into it but it was still the home side who looked the better team.
Neil Murfin left the field injured on the half hour and a competitive game saw more than a few bookings and on 36 minutes Jamie Craddock picked up a second yellow card, leaving Shoreham a man down.
A flashpoint just after the restart left the referee sorting out a melee in the Shoreham area. After a booking for Matt Fleming, the game continued with Pagham exerting pressure.
Michael Asare went down under a challenge but continued after treatment as the Lions searched for a second goal.
The visitors scored next, Wes Millis heading home. Pagham struck back, Rob Wimble capitalising on excellent Clack approach play to score.
There was more injury woe for the Lions as Jake Hawker’s fine start to the season was curtailed when he had to be replaced by Andy Brown.
An acrobatic tip over from Binfield denied Shoreham as did a fine save from a Kai Bishard shot on the turn.
Wimble struck one effort just past the post, while Shoreham had the ball in the net on 86 minutes, only for a foul on Binfield to rob them of a levelling goal.
Luca Coleman-Carr picked up an unneccesary booking a minute later before a shot wide by Fleming proved Shoreham’s last chance.
PAGHAM: Binfield, Hawker (A Brown 62), French, Bunker, Davidson, N Murfin (Garnett 27), Clack, O’Connor, Asare, S Murfin (Wimble), Coleman-Carr. Subs: Hamilton, Richer.
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