Pagham planning another assault on Sussex League summit

Pagham FC's squad for 2012-13  Pictures by Chris Hatton
Pagham FC's squad for 2012-13 Pictures by Chris Hatton
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PAGHAM boss John Price says there is no reason why his team shouldn’t challenge again at the top end of Sussex League division one next season.

Last season saw the Lions finish in fifth position - 11 points off eventual winners Peacehaven & Telscombe. At one stage they led the pack.

The close-season message from Price is a very positive one: his view is the Lions should be challenging for honours next season and he said: “I definitely see us looking to build on our strong finish this year.”

Asked if Pagham’s final league position was a fair reflection of their performances, Price said: “I think our position reflected our strengths, but my first full season in senior management showed me that we need to stop dropping silly points against the so-called lesser teams.”

It was dropped points against the likes of Sidley, home and away, and local rivals Selsey that derailed the Nyetimber Lane outfit’s title bid. Price declared these poor results as the low points of an otherwise very consistent season.

In contrast, Pagham seemed to perform admirably when top sides were in opposition.

A 2-1 victory against league winners Peacehaven and an FA Cup draw against Carshalton were the high points in the 2012-13 season. Price said: “This shows that on our day we are a match for very good sides.

“My final assessment of last season would be that it was a good learning curve, and finishing as the top local side is a good foundation to push on for promotion next year.”

With promotion being talked about in the Pagham camp, Price was questioned on what was needed for this to become reality - and whether he would be looking to add to his playing staff.

“Every manager is always looking to add quality to his side,” he said. “I am looking to keep all of last year’s squad and add two or three top quality players to push us on towards our aim of being closer to glory next year.”

All in all, Price’s first full season in charge has to be considered a success - but he is urging the team not to rest on their laurels and he believes his side can make a promotion push when the new season comes around.

JAMES SANDFORD