Pagham were as good as their 100 per cent start to the league season suggested and there was never a chance that United would cause a John O’Hara League Cup upset on Saturday.
Pagham moved the ball about with good purpose from the start but United defended stoutly and would have been disappopinted with the manner that the two first half goals were conceded.
One after nine minutes from a free kick that was headed back across goal and touched in by James Temple from close range and the second on 25 minutes direct from a corner from Tom Broadbent that curled in at the near post. Any hopes of getting back into the game were dashed on 55 minutes when a Phil Turner cross left Temple with a simple tap in. The league’s leading goal scorer Scott Murfin was then introduced and quickly produced a cross for fellow substitute Michael Fragou to head in before helping himself to a hat-trick in the space of 15 minutes.
The only consolation for United is that they don’t meet teams that play as well as this every week.
UNITED: Sargent 6, Starnes 5 (Gatensby) Hughes 5,Jules 7, S Lee 5, Stracey 5 (Holles), J Bunn 5, Smart 5 Bateman 6, O Lee 6, Barden 5 (Hardie)
MOM: Captain Lee Jules - leads by example