Davo's delight as Pagham beat Lewes 1-0 on the night!
By Tony Shea
Ryan Davidson capped a commanding defensive display with the header that knocked Bostik League South leaders Lewes out of the Sussex Senior Cup.
After beating Haywards Heath on Saturday, the Lions were again the better side on the day. Although the referee was much to the fore, dishing out free-kicks like early Christmas gifts, Pagham roared to a deserved victory.
Early pressure came from the visitors, but Pagham looked the more likely to score. Rooks' keeper Chris WInterton was kept busy as Callum Overton & Dan Simmonds looked to get the first goal.
Early problems for the visitors when Bouwe Bosma went in to challenge Johan Van Driel & came off worse. He struggled on for a few painful minutes before being replaced by Gifford.
Andy Chick's through ball to Overton just after the quarter hour came to nought, but a few minutes later the Lions went closer. A tremendous ball in from Van Driel saw Overton fire in & Winterton almost fumble the ball.
A terrible shot from Lewes' Wilfried Grimaud was followed by a Davidson header away from a George Landais strike.
Winterton was forced out of his area just after the half hour with Callum Overton lurking.
A strike from Izuchuwu Owute went just wide of James Binfield's post as the Rooks looked to pile on the pressure just before the break. Again though, it was the Lions who finished the stronger. First a goalmouth scramble could have seen Pagham take a deserved lead before a free-kick was pinged off the post by Dan Simmonds.
The Lions did scramble the ball into the net just on half time, but the referee blew for an infringement a second or so before the "goal". Goal-less at the break, and the Lions with more to be happy about.
No changes at half time, with Lewes starting with a shot from Landais that Binfield did well to hold. Landais tried again with a cross that Ryan Davidson headed away.
Chances came and went at either end, the Lions wasting a corner before a looping shot from Lewes' Jamie Brotherton was caught by Binfield.
A mazy run by Harry Reed was curtailed by Dan Simmonds robbing him of the ball. Tremendous defensive work from Joe Booker on the hour saw off another Lewes threat just as James Binfield made a great save moments later.
Defence turned into attack for Pagham on 64 minutes, as they pressed forward against more agile opposition. Callum Overton was unlucky when chasing a through ball that went just too far ahead of him. A corner to the Lions saw Winterton having to clear his lines twice in a row.
Andy Chick then fed Dan Simmonds the ball that saw Simmonds shoot just wide of the mark. A free-kick with 15 minutes to go was pinged against Lewes' defensive wall. Dan Simmonds again tried his luck, Winterton blocking the shot.
Harry Reed blew his chance when clean through on 84 minutes, as Pagham skipper Jamie Horncastle fell under a challenge in the area.
With the spectre of extra time looming, Jonte Smith headed just across the Lions goal.
Into time added on & Pagham turned the odds upside down & tore them to bits for the second game running. A corner swung into Lewes' area, Ryan Davidson saw his chance, heading past a non-plussed Winterton to send the Lions into round 4 of the Senior cup & the Lions fans into a frenzy of cheers and celebrations.
Pagham; J.Binfield, S.Wiggans, D.Wollers, J.Booker, R.Davidson, J.Horncastle, J.Van Driel (J.Ashmore 77),A.Chick, D.Simmonds, J.Thurgar, C.Overton; R.Cox, J.Kilhams, G,Bingham, D.Crouch
Lewes; C.Winterton, H.Reed, B.Bosma, I.Okwute, M.Hurley, L.Cotton, W.Grimaud, J.Smith, R.Conlon, J.Brotherton; C.Coppola, F.Chappell, R.Barclay, D.Gifford, H.Parker
Match report by Jon Rose.
Photo by Roger Smith.