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Under 21's - Match centre

Pagham FC U21's
Southwick FC U21's
C Overton (40', 43'), G Cody (55'), J Van Driel (70'), M Ryan (84')
Full time
Thu 9 Mar 19:30 - Southern Combination Football League - U21 (West)

Young Lions close in on the title

Pagham U21's went a step closer to winning the title last night as they beat Southwick 5-1 at Nyetimber Lane.

Goals from George Cody, Johan Van Driel, Matt Ryan and 2 from Callum Overton ensured the Lions took all 3 points from the fixture.

In a tight first half where Pagham had a lot of the ball, Southwick always looked a threat on the counter. Right on half time, Pagham pressed the Southwick back 4, causing a mistake and Callum Overton capitalised to put The Lions ahead.

Overton got his second moments later from the penalty spot, Captain David Crouch was brought down after an excellent run and Overton smashed home to penalty to double Pagham's advantage.

HT - PAGHAM 2-0 Southwick

The Lions immediately put Southwick on the back foot in the second half and were playing some excellent football at times.

In the 55th minute, top goalscorer George Cody beat the offside trap and finished expertly in to the top corner to make it 3-0.

Johan Van Driel then got in on the act with a sublime free kick from just outside the area, again finding the top left corner. 4-0.

Southwick then grabbed a goal back, a long ball into the Pagham box was only half cleared to Southwick's number 11 who smashed home a volley from 25 yards. 4-1.

Southwick were growing in confidence and were then awarded a penalty with 6 minutes still to play. The centre forward's strike was flying into the bottom corner, only for Pagham 'keeper Jordan Matthews to expertly save down to his left.

Pagham were moving the ball well still and had time to add to the scoreline just moments from the final whistle. A Joe Kilhams cross was met at the back post by youth team top scorer Matt Ryan to make it 5-1 and hand all 3 points to the Lions.

The win moves Tom Simmonds' and Will Searle's side to within 1 point of the title. The U21's travel to Steyning next Thursday night in a bid to secure the Championship there!

FT - PAGHAM 5-1 Southwick

UP THE LIONS!!!

Key moments

40:00
Goal Callum Overton scores for Pagham FC U21's
43:00
Goal Callum Overton scores for Pagham FC U21's
55:00
Goal George Cody scores for Pagham FC U21's
70:00
Goal Johan Van Driel scores for Pagham FC U21's
84:00
Goal Matt Ryan scores for Pagham FC U21's

Highlights

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84:00 Goal 5 - 0
Matt Ryan scores for Pagham FC U21's
75:00 Sub On
Jake Stanley is substituted on for Pagham FC U21's
71:00 Sub On
Josh Simmonds is substituted on for Pagham FC U21's
70:00 Goal 4 - 0
Johan Van Driel scores for Pagham FC U21's
60:00 Sub On
Mike Gilchrist is substituted on for Pagham FC U21's
60:00 Sub On
Michael Rogerson is substituted on for Pagham FC U21's
60:00 Sub On
Matt Ryan is substituted on for Pagham FC U21's
55:00 Goal 3 - 0
George Cody scores for Pagham FC U21's
End of period 1
43:00 Goal 2 - 0
Callum Overton scores for Pagham FC U21's
40:00 Goal 1 - 0
Callum Overton scores for Pagham FC U21's
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Pagham FC U21's
  • Southwick FC U21's
  • 0
  • Callum Overton Goal 40:00'
  • Callum Overton Goal 43:00'
  • George Cody Goal 55:00'
  • Mike Gilchrist Sub On 60:00'
  • Michael Rogerson Sub On 60:00'
  • Matt Ryan Sub On 60:00'
  • Johan Van Driel Goal 70:00'
  • Josh Simmonds Sub On 71:00'
  • Jake Stanley Sub On 75:00'
  • Matt Ryan Goal 84:00'

Team selection

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Pagham FC U21's 16 43
2. Worthing United FC U21's 16 30
3. East Preston FC U21's 16 28
4. Horsham YMCA U21's 16 27
5. Shoreham FC U21's 16 26
6. Southwick FC U21's 16 15
7. St Francis Rangers FC U21's 16 14

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