Game 3: Arundel 0.4 Pagham (FA Cup) 05.08.17
This ground has been on my “must visit” list for some time, so after working through today’s Extra Preliminary ties for the FA Cup it was top of the day’s list. There had been a heavy downpour in the morning at home so I came prepared with the raincoat and umbrella in the car just in case. The football ground has a small carpark and I didn’t expect to find a space so I parked in the nearby Mill Road overflow carpark for a couple of pounds.
Both of today’s teams play in the same division and as this was their first game this season there was no form to refer to. The programme did show last season’s table which had the visitors in a much higher position. I chose to stand near the goal Arundel were attacking in the first half for the view of the castle but most of the action took place at the other end. Pagham scored after 13 minutes, the ball was passed over from the right wing and their player controlled it well when taking on the defenders, crashing a shot in off the post. Arundel had an effort cleared from the goal mouth after half an hour and their keeper kept them in the game with a good one handed save shortly before half time.
There had been some light rain in the first half and the dark clouds continued to roll over the ground in the second half. Pagham continued to dominate the game and added a second shortly after kickoff. The home keeper came out to try and win the ball at an attacker’s feet, only for it to bounce off a covering defender back to the attacker who regained his feet and slotted the ball in. There was a brief spell of heavy rain around 70 mins in which saw many in the crowd head to the stand and terracing for cover. Pagham scored a third after 75 minutes when their player muscled an Arundel defender off the ball, turned towards goal and curved a great shot in. The scoring was wrapped up just before the end when a Pagham player hit a long range shot that the keeper couldn’t keep hold of. The ball bounced kindly to a Pagham sub who ran into the box, controlled the ball and hit in past the keeper. A good win for the visitors who now face Sittingbourne at home in the next round.