Pagham 2-3 Peacehaven & Telscombe
Pagham suffered a home defeat to Peacehaven & Telscombe 2-3 last Saturday at Nyetimber Lane to give the Tye, as they are known, their first points of the season.
It really was a question of ‘after the Lord Mayor’s Show’ as the Lions never reached the heights that they have been playing at of late.
There was no sign of a loss coming as Pagham totally dominated the first 25 minutes. Roared on by a large handful of noisy fans from the Czech Republic, to be known, I guess, as the Bouncing Czechs, Pagham made chance after chance but all they had to show for it was a solitary goal from Callum Overton after 12minutes, when he shot home from the left-hand side of the 6 yard box past a keeper who should probably have done better in his attempt to save it.
Callum had been dominating the game up to that point as he had already hit a sizzling cross into the box with no takers, had a 20 yard blast tipped over, and having broken the offside trap, had another shot saved by Tye keeper Ericksen Aga.
Peacehaven slowly clawed their way into the game which became very end to end. George Cody had a shot blocked but then immediately, up the other end of the pitch, Curtis Ford hit one over the bar. Home keeper James Binfield then made a stunning save from Ford again, before Marcus Allen levelled the score on the stroke of half-time nodding in at the far post from the last of a series of free kicks given away by the hosts.
The second half started as the complete opposite of the first as Peacehaven dominated right from the kick-off. Ford broke through the Pagham back four to start the half but totally fluffed his shot allowing Binfield to save.
In a rare Pagham attack, George Cody headed over a cross from Scott Murfin for their first chance of the half. It was the Lions turn to dominate the game now as Murfin hit a shot over the bar, but the home side were giving away too many silly free-kicks to remain on top for long.
George Bingham was booked for one of these and as it swung into the Pagham box it was not cleared and Curtis Ford tapped home in the 77th minute, at the far post past a helpless Binfield for a goal that both he and Peacehaven probably deserved. 1-2.
A dubious refereeing decision probably sealed the match when Daryl Wollers was given the red card even though he clearly got to the ball first. The flying acrobatics of the Tye forward looked to have helped the ref make his mind up, even though after consulting the linesman he gave a free-kick about 10 yards outside the box when it appeared that, if it was a free kick, it was well inside the penalty area.
Nothing came of the set piece but at the other end an off colour Murfin nodded a cross from sub Terrell Lewis, on for George Cody, straight at the keeper when it looked easier to score. Once again the ball was soon up the other end of the pitch and Curtis Ford looped a header over Binfield and into the corner, although to be fair it could just as well have been an own goal as the Pagham defenders fought to clear the ball.
Pagham threw on another forward, Josh Irish, for Murfin but nothing much happened until 8 minutes into added on time when Callum Overton was brought down by the keeper Aga who was quite rightly sent off. Overton slammed home from the spot and there was even time for Josh Irish to flash a shot across the face of the goal which on another day would probably have flown into the corner.
And that was it. A below par performance by the Lions and now on to a league game at early pacesetters Loxwood FC on Tuesday!