Pagham boss can't wait for SCFL Cup campaign to start
Pagham manager Kerry Hardwell is delighted to have his players back in training and playing friendlies - and now wants to make an impression in the new one-off SCFL Cup.
The Lions host Steyning in their opening group game this Saturday having faced Arundel and Worthing in warm-up games. The Lions beat Arundel 3-2 in the first game back at Nyetimber Lane, but lost 7-0 to a strong Worthing outfit at Woodside Road.
Speaking after the friendly win over Arundel, Hardwell said: "It was a good workout for the group of 16 lads.
"We had played an in-house game on the Tuesday night as well to try to give the 20 first team players we have as much game time as possible heading into the tournament which starts on Saturday.
"We also had an away fixture at Worthing on Tuesday and we were very thankful to Adam Hinshelwood and Worthing for sorting the fixture.
"It’s been quite a weird one with all the boys coming back fairly fit but not having match fitness and there’s no point in running the boys into the ground like you would in pre season. So we’ve just been playing games to try to get the boys back ready for the first game of the cup.
"On a positive note two U18s have come into the first squad, Owen Andrews and Morgan Mockford Allot, and they have done great."
Pagham in the SCFL Cup
Saturday 10th April
East Preston v Lancing
Pagham v Steyning Town
Tuesday 13th April
Lancing v Pagham
Steyning Town v East Preston
Saturday 17th April
Pagham v East Preston
Tuesday 20th April
Lancing v East Preston
Steyning Town v Pagham
Saturday 24th April
East Preston v Pagham
Lancing v Steyning Town
Tuesday 27th April
East Preston v Steyning Town
Pagham v Lancing
Saturday 1st May
Steyning Town v Lancing
SEMI FINALS - w/c Saturday 8th May
Winner Group B v Winner Group C
winner Group D v Winner Group A
FINAL - w/c Monday 17th May