Lions maul the Tigers!
By Tony Shea
Goals from Lloyd Rowlatt, Dan Simmonds and Terrell Lewis saw off Saltdean on Saturday afternoon.
Whilst their reserve side were getting battered at Nyetimber lane, Pagham’s first team were away down the coast grabbing an excellent win at Saltdean United. Lining up with newly returned James Thurgar (back from Horsham) in place of the recently departed George Cody (to Wick), the Lions started well and went in front in the 16th minute with a good goal from Lloyd Rowlatt, a 20-yard half-volley into the top corner.
Pagham, playing their first game without club legend Scott Murfin, who has moved back to Chichester City, kept the pressure on and doubled their lead from the penalty spot through Dan Simmonds in the 24th minute. A lovely through ball from George Bingham to Thurgar set him clear, but he was brought down by the Tiger’s keeper as he went around him. With Saltdean looking to get back into the game, they were awarded a dubious penalty in the 40th minute, converted by Rob O’Toole to halve the Lions lead at the break.
With both sides giving it their best in the second half, the Pagham central defenders, Joe Booker and Daryl Wollers were having excellent game sat the back as they kept the Saltdean strikers away from the Lions goal.
It wasn’t until almost the last kick of the game that Pagham made it safe with a superb strike from sub Terrell Lewis. Lewis, who had only come on for James Thurgar in the 85th minute, scored with a tremendous 30-yard volley with only his second touch of the ball, his first having been a clearance from inside his own penalty area.
Pagham’s team was: James Binfield, Joe Kilhams, Ryan Cox, George Bingham, Daryl Wollers, Joe Booker, Lloyd Rowlatt, Andy Chick, Dan Simmonds, Callum Overton and James Thurgar. Subs: Terrell Lewis. Joe Ashmore, Johan van Driel and Neil Murfin.