Block’s back on the block to inspire the Lions

Gary Block and Dave Berkowitz back in the Nyetimber Lane dugout  Picture by Roger Smith
Gary Block and Dave Berkowitz back in the Nyetimber Lane dugout Picture by Roger Smith

Gary Block and Dave Berkowitz’s managerial returns to Nyetimber Lane saw a raft of familiar faces on both sides as the Lions roared in this double header against Wick & Barnham. Pagham’s first team won 8-2 and the reserves 2-0.

Wickers boss John Tucker wanted desperately to win but Pagham had other ideas.

Scott Murfin was ably assisted by Rob Wimble, making his first appearance since recently re-signing for the Lions. Dan Martin, another of Block’s new signings. added steel to midfield.

Wick found themselves 3-0 down in very quick time as Ruben French and Wimble (2) scored, recovering to 3-2 through Noble and Hardwell only for the home side to make short work of Tucker’s troops.

Scott Murfin (2), Joe Booker, Lee Bradshaw and Brown added further goals for the hosts.

The partnership between Scott Murfin and Wimble looks set to cause teams problems, while Brown, Neil Murfin and Martin look to be a energetic engine room.

Although pre-season isn’t always significant, Block and Berkowitz would have been pleased with the commitment of his side. Brad Derry

carried on his good form of last season, only this time in a Wick & Barnham shirt.

Pagham’s seconds played out a commanding game, winning 2-0 thanks to goals from Menboza and Rogerson – and it might have been more but for some contentious offside decisions by the linesman.

This weekend sees more friendly action at Nyetimber Lane (1pm start).

The draw for the extra preliminary round of the FA Cup has paired Pagham once more with a Kentish side, this time Woodstock Sports, who play in the Kent County League. The match is to be played on August 16 at Nyetimber Lane.

In the FA Vase first qualifying round they face Seven Acre & Sidcup from the Kent Invicta League. The tie is to be played on September 6. The winners earn a home draw against Worthing United.

Meanwhile the Lions’ under-18s have a home tie for their preliminary round FA Youth Cup match with Saltdean United, to be played week commencing September 8, with the winners playing Molesey Youth in the next round.