Rustington’s last-gasp winner was no more than they deserved as they won 2-1 in a pre-season friendly at Pagham on Tuesday night.
A friendly this may have been, but the visitors fought tooth and nail for every ball, although Pagham themselves showed some great moves, most notably through Charlie Marshall.
Daren Pearce could have struck the first goal when a Ross Woolf cross ended with the Pagham skipper shooting just over.
The scoring was opened just after the half-hour as the visitors’ build-up play saw a shot struck past 16-year-old James Binfield in the Lions goal.
The Lions struck back, Paul Jones shooting narrowly wide and Woolf having two chances as the half drew to a close.
Multiple substitutions came within ten minutes of the re-start as Pagham boss Carl Stabler looked to shake things up.
Rustington were more than holding their own, peppering Binfield’s goal with shots. Matt Wood shot at the Rustington keeper before Pearce equalised with two minutes left.
Right on full-time came the goal of the game as a fierce shot from the left hit the net, leaving a blameless Binfield to rue his luck.
PAGHAM: Binfield, Booker, Jones, Pearce, Ward, Woolf, Marshall, Frangou, Broadbent, Simmonds, Buckland, Robinson, S Murfin, Wood.