Pagham pointless after Crows fly to victory

Pagham travelled to Crowborough looking to extend their three-match unbeaten run - but poor finishing and poor defending left them heading home pointless after a 4-2 Sussex League division-one defeat.

The Lions got off to a flying start, Connor Geoghegan heading over from four yards and Josh Clack having a snapshot saved.

They did take the lead after seven minutes as Geoghegan smashed home from a free-kick.

However, the lead didn’t last long as a penalty was dispatched after Bradshaw’s rash challenge after ten minutes. Then the hosts grabbed two goals from needless free kicks to lead 3-1.

Pagham had a great opportunity to reduce the arrears before half-time as they broke three-on-one but Joe Briggs chose to shoot instead of squaring to the better-placed Daren Pearce or Clack.

Pagham tore into their hosts at the start of the second half with Briggs and Pearce denied by fine saves - but disaster struck as from a Pagham corner the hosts broke to make it 4-1.

Still the Lions tried to get back into it and a triple substitution was the final gamble as James Temple, Callum Cutler and Tom Jefkins were all introduced.

Briggs reduced the deficit with a fine header from a Pearce corner before Temple volleyed over and then Cutler had a fine shot saved before the last chance fell to Howard Neighbour, who blazed over.

The final whistle sounded to end a poor day for Pagham.

This Saturday Pagham travel to division-two side Saltdean looking to progress in the RUR Charity Cup.

It’s been an indifferent start to the league campaign for the Lions so the cup is a welcome distraction and a chance for John Price’s side to get back to winning ways and bounce back from a poor display.