Pagham 3-1 Crawley Down Gatwick
Pagham's third win on the spin was well deserved as Crawley Down Gatwick were grounded at Nyetimber Lane.
With Scott Murfin absent injured, Joe Kilhams joined Callum Overton up front for the Lions. Overton could have had a hat-trick within the first few minutes, had it not been for the offside flag robbing him of glory.
Nick Sullivan's run on 11 minutes had Russ Malton homing in on James Binfield in the Lions goal. With the chance fading away, back the ball came to Pagham, who were giving 'Down keeper Seb Bos plenty to do.
This pressure told just after the quarter-hour, an inswinging corner headed home by the towering Daryl Wollers.
The lead lasted all of two minutes, as Kieron Greg's right sided shot whistled into the back of the net.
The Lions then had a trio of corners, all of which were cleared before Joe Kilhams' shot on the turn almost beat Bos.
The visitors weren't without some attacking intent of their own, and a header just after the half hour pinged back off the post.
With the game going either way, Kilhams shot across 'Downs goal before another free-kick gave the Lions the lead at the break. A foul on Callum Overton was rewarded with a free-kick to the Lions. Up stepped Lloyd Rowlatt & smacked the ball past Bos.
No changes at the break, with the visitors starting better. Mike Belli could have scored without the agility of James Binfield saving the corner.
Joe Kilhams' great run three minutes in fed the ball to James Horncastle, only for the Lions' skipper's shot to go not quite where intended.
Out raced James Binfield on 52 minutes as Russ Malton looked to equalise.
Three minutes later and the Lions got their third. Terrell Lewis' approach work fed Kilhams, who in turn got the ball to Callum Overton who made no mistake from close in.
Lewis himself tested Bos with a stinging shot that the 'Down keeper did well to save.
Overton hit the bost, and Lewis struck a shot against the bar, as the Lions looked for a fourth.
Dan Sullivan had to be quick to head off the line for the visitors as the Lions just kept attacking and attacking.
George Cody had by now replaced Kilhams, adding more pace to the Lions midfield. None of this pressure was telling by now though, not helped by a controversial moment on 75 minutes. A foul for Pagham was resolved by the referee with a drop-ball to the consternation of fans and players alike. As the ball was sportingly pinged back to the visitors' keeper by Andy Chick, a 'Down fan was heard to doubt the sportsmanlike gesture, just adding to the confusion.
With five minutes of normal time left, the Lions were awarded a penalty. A handball decision went against the visitors, and the Lions fans looked forward to a fourth goal. Callum Overton struck the ball from the spot, only to see it miss the target.
George Cody tried again for the Lions, a shot being well held by Bos. Just time for Jack Parkinson to make a late late appearence for Pagham, replacing Callum Overton before the whistle blew on a valuable victory for the Lions.
Pagham; J.Binfield, G.Bingham, J.Van Driel, R.Davidson, D.Wollers, J.Horncastle, L.Rowlatt (N.Murfin 79), A.Chick, C.Overton (J.Parkinson 88), J.Kilhams (G.Cody 65) T.Lewis; D.Crouch, J.Booker
Crawley Down Gatwick; S.Bos, D.Sullivan, S.Barton, W.Peaurdux, B.Couney, S.Pakham, R.Malton, M.Belli, N.Sullivan, J.De Meyer, K.Greg; M.Pelling, S.Cane, F.Lorri, O.Leslie
MATCH REPORT BY JON ROSE