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1st Team - Match centre

Saltdean United
D Simmonds (24', 56'), J Thurgar (60')
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Sat 7 Apr 15:00 - Southern Combination Football League - Premier Division Attendance 117

Lions win battle of the Big Cats!


On a day when the Lions could easily have notched double-figures, they still managed more than enough to see them past promotion rivals Saltdean United.

A series of early Saltdean corners all came to nothing and both sides created several half-chances, none of which were converted before the Lions started to take complete command.

Inevitably it was Pagham top-scorer Dan Simmonds who gave his side the lead after 24 minutes, when he was first to react to a high, spinning deflected shot to smash home from 5 yards. And Simmonds could have had his and Pagham’s second after 32 minutes when he just failed to get his toe to a James Thurgar flick across goal.

More than a few Lions attacks were negated by the offside flag before Simmonds wasted two excellent chances in time added on at the end of the first half. Firstly, he drove his shot high, wide and handsome and then, second time around, he shot well wide of the target, both times having been put clear, and onside, one-on-one with Tigers keeper, Rikki Banks.

As the whistle went for half-time Simmonds left the field with his head held low in sheer disbelief.

The second half started with another couple of chances for the Lions top-scorer, both saved by keeper Banks, the first at the striker’s feet and the second pushing away a fierce drive from the edge of the box.

On 55 minutes Simmonds finally got his name on the scoresheet once again after a crisp Pagham move from one end to the other. Ryan Davidson won the ball in defence and hit a long ball down the right wing for Callum Overton to chase. His excellent cross was hit onto the post by James Thurgar and Simmons, following up, had the simple task of putting the ball into the net for a 2-0 lead.

Two minutes later it was 3-0 when another excellent cross by Overton was converted with some panache at the far post by Thurgar.

Pagham keeper James Binfield was forced into his first real save in the 74th minute when he managed to clear an excellent low drive from Saltdean’s Lucas Franzen-Jones and despite three late substitutions by the Lions the game looked like it was petering out at 3-0. Pagham were having none of it though and the excellent Lloyd Rowlatt (twice) and sub Kieron Playe-Howard could have added to the total before the final whistle went.

Pagham’s Team was: James Binfield, Shay Wiggans, Daryl Wollers, Ryan Davidson, Joe Booker, Jamie Horncastle (Joe Kilhams), James Thurgar (Tom Jefkins), Andy Chick, Dan Simmonds (Kieron Playe-Howard), Lloyd Rowlatt and Callum Overton. Subs not used, George Bingham and Johan van Driel.

Key moments

Goal Dan Simmonds scores for Pagham
Goal Dan Simmonds scores for Pagham
Goal James Thurgar scores for Pagham


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75:00 Sub On
Kieron Playle-Howard is substituted on for Pagham
65:00 Sub On
Tom Jefkins is substituted on for Pagham
60:00 Sub On
Joe Kilhams is substituted on for Pagham
60:00 Goal 3 - 0
James Thurgar scores for Pagham
56:00 Goal 2 - 0
Dan Simmonds scores for Pagham
End of period 1
24:00 Goal 1 - 0
Dan Simmonds scores for Pagham
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Pagham
  • Saltdean United
  • 0
  • Dan Simmonds Goal 24:00'
  • Dan Simmonds Goal 56:00'
  • James Thurgar Goal 60:00'
  • Joe Kilhams Sub On 60:00'
  • Tom Jefkins Sub On 65:00'
  • Kieron Playle-Howard Sub On 75:00'

Team selection

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Haywards Heath Town 38 83
2. Three Bridges 38 82
3. Pagham 38 75
4. Horsham YMCA 38 71
5. Eastbourne Town 38 69
6. Chichester City 38 68
7. Peacehaven & Tels. 38 68

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