Mussels face tough test at table toppers

Mussels return to action on Saturday when they travel to leaders Pagham
Mussels return to action on Saturday when they travel to leaders Pagham

SHOREHAM Football Club player-manger Kane Louis believes his side have the ability to end Pagham’s ten-game unbeaten run.

Mussels head to the County League Division 1 leaders, who have won 16 of their 24 league games this season, on Saturday.

Shoreham have played Pagham twice already this season and have lost by just a goal in both matches.

Louis is hopeful his side can go one better this time around and take something from the game.

He said: “Saturday is going to be a really tough test for us but one that we are looking forward to.

“It gives the squad a great opportunity to test themselves against one of the best teams in this league at the moment.

“I have said before that this division is a little like the Championship, with any team capable of beating each other on any given day.

“Pagham have not been beaten in the league since November, so it is going to be a difficult task.

“But we have made a few additions since we last played them and I am sure we can go there and pick up at least a point, if we play to our capabilities.”

Shoreham sit 15th in Division 1, six points clear of the relegation zone.

Louis is hoping his side can begin to pull clear of the drop zone and start to climb the table.

He said: “If we manage to get a result on Saturday it would be a really excellent effort from the whole squad and would give us great confidence.

“It takes just one positive result to lift a team and a win or draw at Pagham would do that for us.

“I am hoping we can get on a really good run for the remainder of the year and see where we can finish.

“If we could get into the top half of the division come the end of the season, that would be a fantastic effort. If we are to achieve that, then we will need to go on a good run of form and, with the squad I have here, I believe we can do that.”

Shoreham’s County League Division 1 home match against Chichester City was postponed owing to a waterlogged pitch on Saturday. Mussels have played just once this year so far, when they drew 1-1 at Ringmer on January 10.