Pagham’s Under 23 side played some wonderful football in the first hour to open a 4-0 lead, before various personnel and tactical changes allowed the Mavericks back into the game.
It was all Pagham right from the start and they took the lead as early as the fourth minute when Dave Beaney rose highest to nod home a corner from the right. Dan O’Brien, playing his first football for a month after a knee injury had a close in shot hacked off the line before the Worthing keeper just managed to tip over his goal bound drive.
It was 2-0 in the 19th minute when Jake Heryet (pictured) sent his header into the net to double the Lions lead.
Worthing were not going down without a fight and a period of pressure could have resulted in a goal had they not hit the post and seen Lions keeper Tom Crook pull off a couple of excellent saves. The whistle went for half-time with the Lions happy overall with their two-goal lead.
With Harry Prisk replacing a tiring O’Brien at the break, Pagham roared out of the blocks and increased their lead just two minutes in when Heryet burst through the away team’s defence to round the keeper and score easily.
On 56 minutes this was increased to 4-0 with a lovely goal by Scott Rafferty, lobbing the goalie following a good run through the middle. In the last half an hour Pagham conceded two sloppy goals, but it was all Worthing deserved after exerting lots of pressure on the home defence, but they were unable to grab a third to really make the game tight.
So its four wins from four league games for the U23's and they sit at the top of the early season league table. They now look forward to the visit of Bexhill United FC in the SCFA Challenge Cup next Wednesday at the Lane KO 7.30pm
Pagham: Tom Crook, Scott Rafferty, Dave Beaney, Joe Clarke, Scott Slaughter, Lewis Jenkins, Jake Heryet, Harrison Mott, Dan O’Brien, James Henton & Hayden Hunter. Subs (all used): Luke Page, Alex Mackay, Owen Miles & Harry Prisk.