Lions roar into Sussex League title contention

TWO away wins in four days have propelled Pagham into the thick of the Sussex Football League title race.

Victories and clean sheets at Hassocks on Saturday and at Shoreham on Tuesday night left John Price’s in-form team in third place in division one – just three points behind leaders East Preston.

It’s an exciting time at Nyetimber and while Price insists no-one will get carried away, he saluted a squad he felt were the hardest-working in the division.

Pagham have won ten and drawn one of their past 11 league games and it’s only a series of postponements that have stopped them catching up with the leading group before now.

They host seventh-placed Redhill on Saturday looking to put further pressure on the top two.

Manager Price said: “We were excellent at Hassocks, where it’s always difficult to get something. We got 2-0 into the lead then saw the job through by defending solidly.

“Then at Shoreham, on a bumy, horrible surface, we hit the post, had 15 corners and showed great patience before going on to win confortably in the second half.

“The goals are being shared around and we’ve tightened up defensively.

“It’s lovely to be moving up the table but you’re only as good as your last game. I won’t let the players get carried away.

“But what I would say is I don’t think there’s a harder-working team in the league.

“We train hard and have a fit bunch of lads and a great spirit.”

Joe Briggs and Howard Neighbour got the first-half goals that harmed Hassocks.

And it was Joe Booker, Neil Murfin and James Temple who sank Shoreham with three strikes in 14 second-half minutes.