Pagham strike late to sink Shoreham

Shoreham's Nick Taylor tries to collect a cross at Pagham on Saturday
Shoreham's Nick Taylor tries to collect a cross at Pagham on Saturday

SHOREHAM Football Club suffered late heartache at County League Division 1 leaders Pagham on Saturday.

The Mussels took an early lead through Kai Bichard, but the home side levelled thanks to a Neil Murfin strike with 30 minutes to go.

With the game looking destined to be a draw, Luca Coleman-Carr netted three minutes into injury-time to give his side all three points.

It was the third time that the sides have met this season and on each occasion Shoreham have lost by a single goal.

The defeat extends Mussels’ winless run in Division 1 to three matches and they sit 15th in the table.

Both sides set up in attacking styles and some free-flowing football was played from the off.

The first chance of the game fell to the home side but Dan Martin was denied by a post.

At the other end, Matt Fleming shot just wide from outside the area as it remained scoreless.

The visitors were causing Pagham problems and they took a deserved lead on 25 minutes when Bichard struck.

Pagham ended the half strongly but saw efforts from Neil Murfin and Liam O’Connor miss the target.

The home side began to take control of the game in the second period and they levelled on 60 minutes.

Scott Murfin’s free kick was met by his brother, Neil, to make it 1-1.

The game then sprang into life, with a player from each side red-carded.

Pagham debutant Adam Hunt saw his first game for the club end early when he brought down Alex Laing.

Just five minutes later, it was ten a side as Laing picked up a second yellow card and was dismissed.

Pagham pushed for a winner in the closing stages and they were rewarded late on when Coleman-Carr crashed home a loose ball to send Shoreham to a second defeat in three Division 1 matches.

Shoreham host title hopefuls Eastbourne Town in the league on Saturday, before they entertain mid-table Chichester on Tuesday.

SHOREHAM: Taylor; Gregory, Richardson, Fleming, Edwards; Allan, Rudgwick, Damario, McCrae; Laing, Bichard. Subs: Myers (Rudwick), Idiong (Bichard), Peake, Louis.