Panayi pounces to grab Mussels a point

Action from Mussels' game at Pagham on Saturday
Action from Mussels' game at Pagham on Saturday

A CLASSY finish from central defender Anthony Panayi earned Shoreham Football Club a deserved 1-1 draw away to Pagham on Saturday.

Mussels had lost four successive games in all competitions heading into the match but Panayi got the equaliser 12 minutes from time when he lobbed the Pagham keeper from the angle of the penalty area, into the far top corner.

Shoreham boss Simon Funnell felt the draw was fair and said: “I think we deserved a point and, if there had been another five or ten minutes, we might have got another as we were on top, but a draw was probably the fair result.

“A draw away to Pagham is not a bad point as they score a lot of goals.

“It was difficult with the windy conditions. We had the wind with us in the first half but it’s sometimes easier to play against it as if you try to play a through ball with the wind, the ball will just run away.

“We played well in the second half and it was a good performance.”

Pagham went ahead on 36 minutes when a cross-shot reached Lloyd Rowlatt at the back post and he tapped home.

Mussels had half-chances through Ben Chick and stand-in striker Marc Pelling, before Panayi grabbed the equaliser on 78 minutes.

Pagham had one chance to snatch all three points when Scott Murfin got through but Shoreham keeper Seb Bos was out quickly to grab the ball off Murfin’s feet.

Funnell is satisified with how things have gone in his two months as Mussels manager and said: “It’s not been too bad. Only three players have stayed – Rob Allan, Craig Stevens and Okwute Izuchukwu – so we’ve brought in a whole new squad.

“It takes a bit of time to get things together but we’re already building for next season now.

“This season, we’ll try to finish in the top ten and put a little run together.”

Mussels travel to Broadbridge Heath in the league on Saturday.

SHOREHAM: Bos; Johnston, Panayi, Allan, Harding; Belli, Hunter, Goodsir, Chick; Curtis, Pelling. Subs: Stevens (Goodsir 65), Izuchukwu (Chick 70), O’Connor (Curtis 80).

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