Lions unload on the Dockers!
By Tony Shea
This time the lights didn’t go out as Pagham swept aside their hosts on a cold but dry evening at the Trafalgar Ground, unlike the first time this fixture was attempted 10 days previously that ended prematurely just after half-time in total darkness.
It looked as if Newhaven had taken a very early lead as league top scorer Lee Robinson had the ball in the net after just one minute, but his effort was disallowed for offside. It didn’t take Pagham long to reply though, as a lovely run and shot by Callum Overton was pushed out to the feet of James Thurgar who made no mistake from 5 yards to give his side the lead in the 5th minute. It was almost 2-0 two minutes later when a curling shot from Dan Simmonds hit the post from 25 yards out and flew wide.
With Newhaven now having most of the ball and Pagham looking dangerous on the break, the next goal could have come at either end. In fact, it was Newhaven that equalised in the 25th minute when Lee Robinson smashed home from the spot after he had been brought down in the area. Lions keeper James Binfield then kept the scores level with a tremendous low save from Newhaven’s Kyle Woolven.
But it was the Lions who were next on the scoresheet when Lloyd Rowlatt curled a shot in from the edge of the area which the home side keeper Jake Buss made a hash of and appeared to fumble behind for a corner. The ball though had other ideas and much to most people in the ground’s surprise, including the players, had in fact nestled in the back of net. 2-1 to Pagham after 29 minutes.
James Binfield was back in action a few minutes later, making another excellent low save from Robinson, but two more half-chances were to fall to Pagham, both not taken, before the referee blew the whistle to end a very entertaining half.
H/T 2-1 to Pagham.
The second period started with the game swinging from end to end. First Binfield made his third quality save of the evening, before Dan Simmonds saw a stinging shot fly just over the bar after he had been set-up once again by Callum Overton.
On the hour mark the Lions carelessly gave the ball away in midfield and Newhaven struck for the equaliser, Woolven giving Binfield no chance from the edge of the box. But this only seemed to annoy Pagham who took the lead back just over a minute later. James Thurgar made a great run down the left and finished with an excellent cross that Overton volleyed
goalwards. Keeper Buss made a good save but could only palm the ball back to Overton who whacked the ball back past him for a 3-2 Pagham lead.
It was almost deja vue four minutes later when Dockers keeper Buss dropped an Andy Chick free-kick at the feet of Overton but he could only watch as his shot hooked just past the post. But it wasn’t long before goal number four came along for the lions, when Dan Simmonds shot low under Buss in the 72nd minute. Pagham were rampant now and playing the ball around a dispirited Dockers team with ease and it wasn’t to anyone’s surprise when Callum Overton was crudely brought down in the box for Dan Simmonds to slide the ensuing penalty into the corner of the net for a 5-2 win to the Lions.
Pagham’s team was: James Binfield, Shay Wiggans, Ryan Cox, George Bingham, Ryan Davidson, Joe Booker, Lloyd Rowlatt (Joe Ashmore), Andy Chick, Dan Simmons (David Crouch), Callum Overton and James Thurgar (Joe Kilhams).
Match report by Paul Davidson.
Picture by Kyle Hemsley.