Action from Pagham's win over Broadbridge Heath at Nyetimber Lane / Picture: Roger Smith

Pagham beat Broadbridge Heath - report and picture gallery

Pagham recovered well from their opening day defeat to Little Common game to take all three points in the hastily re-arranged match at home to Broadbridge Heath.

Wednesday, 4th August 2021, 7:50 am
Updated Wednesday, 4th August 2021, 2:13 pm

Despite falling behind after just 4 minutes, Charlie Parmitter running straight through the Lions defence to slide the ball home, they fought back for the win. Pagham were still finding their feet and it would not have been a shock if the Bears had doubled their lead and they very nearly did.

The Lions soon settled, battling their way back into the game and Jack Langford scored his first goal for the club, showing real determination to slot home from close in. Langford doubled his tally after 39 minutes with a cool finish to an excellent pass from Jack Barnes.

Both sides huffed and puffed their way through the second half, but neither could add to the score. The Lions had a couple of presentable chances, but it was the Bears that ended the strongest and Pagham were relieved to hear the final whistle and claim their first points of the season.

Boss Kerry Hardwell said: "We asked the boys for a reaction from Saturday’s defeat and although it wasn’t pretty I certainly couldn’t fault any of the boys' work rate. And of course it’s great to get our first three points of the season against a good Broadbridge Heath side. We certainly aren't where I want us to be at the moment on and off the field but games twice a week will no doubt help the players' fitness, especially the new boys who have come in this pre-season. We now head to Steyning on Saturday In the FA Cup which will be another tough test for us."

Pagham: Connor Kelly, Ryan Hallett, Jack Barnes, Joe Clarke, Dylan Jelley, Jack Williamson, Callum Chalmers, Ross Edwards, Grant Radmore, Ollie Hambleton (Jamie Carroll), Jack Langford (Jake Heryet). Subs not used: Matt Hambleton, Ben Fox, George Bingham.

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