Potent Pagham hit YMCA for four.
By Tony Shea
Two games, two wins, eight goals scored, none conceded. A dream start for Pagham's new managerial team of Richie Hellen, Tom Simmonds & coach Will Searle.
After cruising past Arundel in the FA Cup last week, the Lions roared to joint-top of the table with a comfortable win against a visiting side featuring the likes of the experienced Joe Shelley & Keiron Pamment.
Neither of those two had much influence on the game as Pagham attacked from the off. Joe Kilhams' runs down the right wing almost bought a first goal on 7 minutes as he was cynically hacked down. The free-kick from Scott Murfin was only just saved by YM 'keeper Aaron Jeal.
Dave Brown did provide threats for the visitors, Joe Booker at his best to head away as a stinging shot came in.
Joe Shelley's cross-in was met by Sam Schaaf, but the YM striker shot well over.
21 minutes in and the first goal came from the penalty spot. Scott Murfin had the legs taken from under him in the area, referee Mr Spence pointed to the spot & Murfin gleefully sent his spot-kick into the back of the net.
Josh Irish could have scored twice in two minutes as the Lions pressed on for a second goal. Jeal did his best to repel those chances, but had no hope of saving from Irish's header on 29 minutes which doubled the score.
Concern all round for the Lions a while afterwards as Scott Murfin needed attention as he was again taken out of the game. With Murfin revived by the magic sponge, play turned to a YM attack through Sam Schaaf. His shot bought out the best of saves from Lions' keeper James Binfield.
The Lions thought they'd have another penalty on 38 minutes, as Josh Irish went tumbling in the area, the referee was having none of it, with Irish being adjudged to have dived.
In a competitive but not nasty game, Pagham's Lloyd Rowlatt was unlucky to be booked on 40 minutes for a niggly foul. Kieron Pamment was luckier a few minutes later, when an apparent elbow on Joe Kilhams went unpunished.
With Ryan Davidson heading away a last-gasp attack from the visitors, the half came to an end.
HT - PAGHAM 2-0 Horsham YMCA.
No changes on either side, but YM came out much the stronger after the break. Joe Shelley shot just over the bar, whilst Sam Schaaf hit the side netting.
Pagham 'skipper Jamie Horncastle's strike on 53 minutes showed intent but missed the intended target.
Kieron Pamment's return to Nyetimber Lane ended on 58 minutes, being replaced by Phil Johnson. No reflection on Pamment, but YM boss Peter Buckland was obviously unhappy at this stage, his side looking very ordinary.
With his shift over, Scott Murfin left the field a few minutes later to calls of "Well done" to be replaced by Calum Overton.
Josh Irish tried his luck against Jeal only for the ball to end behind the goal. On came Cody for Irish as the Lions looked to mix things up a bit with twenty odd minutes to go.
Another familiar face appeared as Liam Humphreys came on for YM to replace Luke Gedling.
A superb save from James Binfield stopped Schaaf and kept the Lions two goals to the good as the Lions were virtually camped in the YM half by now.
Cody's run and shot went just wide on 73 minutes, with more goals promised by the Lions.
YM captain Tom Gilbert was very vocal after a Lions attack which saw them almost score another. So vocal was he that Referee Mr Spence showed him a yellow card.
Calum Overton's shot wide on 84 after good work by Cody was just the prequel to the Lions third goal. With Overton turning provider, Cody swept home a superb strike on 87 minutes putting the game well beyond the visitors.
A goalmouth scramble at the other end was all the visitors had to show before Pagham scored their fourth. Overton was tumbled in the area, and he stepped up to score to leave the Lions full of pride at the end.
Pagham; J.Binfield, J.Kilhams, J.Booker, G.Bingham, R.Davidson, J.Horncastle, L.Rowlatt, A.Chick, J.Irish (G.Cody 67), S.Murfin (C.Overton 61), J.Van Driel; T.Gannon, D.Crouch, D.Wollers
Horsham YMCA; A.Jeal, D.Carden, G.Harding, T.Gilbert, C.Cooke, L.Gedling, J.Shelley, B.Curtis, S.Schaaf, K.Pamment, D.Brown; P.Johnson, A.Dugdale, M.Cave, L.Humpreys, D.Evans
MATCH REPORT BY JON ROSE
PHOTO'S BY ROGER SMITH