Lions into Quarter Finals of the RUR Cup
The Lions were given an almighty Halloween scare as the visitors came from 3 goals down to almost cause a cup turnaround.
That those three Pagham goals came in the first quarter hour showed how even the rest of the game was. With Dan Simmonds in a lone role up front for the home side, he led the line well, and scored twice within two minutes to give them an early lead. Goal number one came from a build up that ended with Uckfield 'keeper Dann given no chance from close range. A flying cross from Andy Chick provided Simmonds' goal number two, with a third from Joe Kilhams on 16 minutes meaning the game could have been all but over there and then. It wasn't until nearly the half hour that the visitors had their chance, the ball hastily scrambled off Pagham's line. A shot from Sam Cooper went well over Pagham's bar a while afterwards before a penalty to Uckfield bought them back into the game. With Matt Black upended in the area, referee Mark Spence had no choice but to point to the spot. Cooper tucked the spot-kick away, to give Uckfield some hope at least.m Dann had to race from his area shortly before the break, as Pagham again threatened.
No changes at the break, Dean Stewart-Hunter going on a mazy run toward the Lions' area. Pagham's defence was equal to the threat, hacking the ball away to safety. Matt Dann could have gifted the Lions a fourth, as a Lloyd Rowlatt free-kick was spilt with the goal at Pagham's mercy. Shooting boots left at home meant the score remained unchanged. Uckfield were desparately unlucky on 52 minutes, an opportunistic shot flying agonisingly across goal. Joe Kilhams tried his luck for the Lions, only for the shot to ghost over the bar. Joe Ashmore's game for Pagham came to an end on the hour. Already having suffered a bloodied nose in the first half, Ashmore then was accidentally poleaxed by Lions' keeper Magee. Off he went, with George Cody replacing him. Just over twenty minutes to go, and a very dubious penalty was awarded to Uckfield. What looked to be a dive in the area fooled the referee, who pointed to the spot. Justice was almost done as Sam Cooper missed the penalty, only for Dean Stewart-Hunter to capitalise on a goal-mouth melee to shoot home. With memories of Ucfkield's last gasp equaliser in the previous meeting between the two sides, a nervous atmosphere took over Nyetimber Lane. Andy Chick was probably lucky to escape a Pagham booking as he took out Hickman-Smith, whilst the Lions did receive a booking late on as Dan Simmonds saw yellow. With the game heading into injury time, a superb fingertip save from Magee kept the Lions in the game, and in the RUR cup for another round.
Pagham; K.Magee, N.Murfin, R.Cox, R.Davidson, D.Wollers, J.Horncastle, L.Rowlatt, J.Ashmore (G.Cody 62), D.Simmonds, J.Kilhams (S.Murfin 79), A.Chick; J.Booker, J.Van Driel
Uckfield Town; M.Dann, D.Stewart-Hunter, C.Norman, L.Snashall, S.Hickman-Smith, R.Welch, B.Paton, E.Cormack, M.Black, M.McLean, S.Cooper; R.Welch, M.Barbosa, A.Storey, M.Astle