Pagham believe they can Brighton a cup scare

Pagham celebrate a goal in their quarter-final win over Horsham / Picture by Roger Smith
Pagham celebrate a goal in their quarter-final win over Horsham / Picture by Roger Smith

Pagham take on Brighton’s under-23s for a place in the Sussex Senior Cup final next week.

And chairman Tony Shea says they believe in their ability to pull off a shock and reach the Amex showpiece.

It’ll be really tough against good young players from a professional club but we have a good side who score goals and don’t let too many in.

Tony Shea

The Lions will start as underdogs against the Seagulls’ youngsters but Shea says confidence is high at Nyetimber Lane ahead of Tuesday’s semi-final at Sussex FA HQ at Lancing.

Crawley Town await the winners after beating Saltdean 6-0 in the first semi.

Shea said: “It’s a massive game – it’s a long time since we were in a senior cup semi.

“It’ll be really tough against good young players from a professional club but we have a good side who score goals and don’t let too many in.

“If we can start well and keep it solid, who knows?

“Brighton only beat East Preston 3-2 and Haywards Heath 2-1 in earlier rounds.”

Pagham have had an excellent season, sitting sixth in the Southern Combination premier with hopes of a top-two finish and promotion, and are in the RUR Cup final.

Pagham will be without prolific scorer Dan Simmonds against Brighton. He is starting a three-game ban.

The Lions head to Lancing first - for a league game on Saturday.