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1st Team - Match centre

Peacehaven & Tels
Pagham
Full time
G Gaskin (38'), R Davidson (43'), D Simmonds (79')
Sat 4 Aug 15:00 - Southern Combination Football League - Premier Division Attendance 164

Lions start with a win at Peacehaven.

Pagham held on to win a game they should comfortably have sewn up by half-time, after conceding a late goal to give their opponents a sniff of a draw they had long since given up on.

It all started so brightly for the Lions when chance after chance fell their way early on, none of which were converted. George Gaskin and Dan Simmonds both had chances that on another day they would have tucked away with ease, but not this one. And even when Simmonds did get the ball in the net it was given offside.

And then, as so often happens, it was the home side that took the lead in their first real attack in the 28th minute. A corner was allowed to drift far too far across the penalty area and Peacehaven’s defender Jack Phillips header somehow evaded Pagham keeper James Binfield’ s desperate grasp to nestle into the net.

Pagham were not behind for too long however as Simmonds 20-yard blast came straight back off the post to the feet of Gaskin, who comfortably tapped the ball into the goal. Things got even better for the away side after 43 minutes, when a Johan Van Driel corner from the right was smashed home at the near post by skipper Ryan Davidson to give Pagham a 2-1 half-time lead.

The second half started very scrappily, but again chances fell to Pagham and both Gaskin and James Thurgar had chances saved, before Simmonds appeared to make the game safe, when he slid the ball under the keeper and into the net following good work down the left by Thurgar and a lovely ball across the six-yard box by sub Andy Chick. 3-1 to Pagham and the game looked all over.

But in the 91st minute, Davidson fouled his man on the left, earning him a booking and the ensuing free-kick was headed in off the bar by the Tye’s Brandon Kilula. Pagham played out the extra few minutes without too much trouble though, to complete an excellent opening day win!

Pagham’s Team was: James Binfield, Shay Wiggans, Mitchell Hand, Ryan Davidson, Daryl Wollers, George Bingham (Jamie Horncastle), Johan Van Driel, Howard Neighbour (Andy Chick), George Gaskin, Dan Simmonds (Lindon Miller), James Thurgar

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Key moments

38:00
Goal George Gaskin scores for Pagham
43:00
Goal Ryan Davidson scores for Pagham
79:00
Goal Dan Simmonds scores for Pagham

Highlights

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80:00 Sub On
Lindon Miller is substituted on for Pagham
79:00 Goal 0 - 3
Dan Simmonds scores for Pagham
60:00 Sub On
Andy Chick is substituted on for Pagham
60:00 Sub On
Jamie Horncastle is substituted on for Pagham
End of period 1
43:00 Goal 0 - 2
Ryan Davidson scores for Pagham
38:00 Goal 0 - 1
George Gaskin scores for Pagham
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As it happened

  • Peacehaven & Tels
  • Pagham
  • 0
  • George Gaskin Goal 38:00'
  • Ryan Davidson Goal 43:00'
  • Jamie Horncastle Sub On 60:00'
  • Andy Chick Sub On 60:00'
  • Dan Simmonds Goal 79:00'
  • Lindon Miller Sub On 80:00'

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Chichester City 11 25
2. Horsham YMCA 10 24
3. Pagham 10 22
4. Saltdean United 10 21
5. Newhaven 10 20
6. Eastbourne Town 11 16
7. Crawley Down Gatwick 11 16

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