Coming into this game, there was certainly more in this game for the visitors, Pagham looking to consolidate their third place position in the league, four points ahead of fourth placed Eastbourne Town, and with faint hopes of catching the top two, but were six points behind second placed Littlehampton and ten points behind leaders Dorking Wanderers (although Pagham have a game in hand), with four games left to play. They came into this game in good form, winning their last three games. St Francis came into this game in twelfth place, with seemingly nothing left to play for. They have drawn their last two games and have won only once of their last six games, that win coming against one of the division's two whipping boys, Crawley Down Gatwick. When today's teams met in January, Pagham won 4-2.
The second half was very competitive, and St Francis came much more into the game, but one always felt that Pagham were just doing enough to keep the home side at bay and could have stepped back up a level had the home side got a goal back. St Francis twice came close to getting on the score sheet, first on 66 minutes when the ball was swung into the box and a free header went just wide of the goal, and on 81 minutes, a powerful header from a cross came back off the underside of the bar and bounced clear. But in truth, Pagham held on quite comfortably to secure the three points, and following news that fourth placed Eastbourne Town lost today, Pagham look certain for at least a third placed finish, and with leaders Dorking Wanderers losing and second placed Littlehampton only drawing, Pagham can dream of an even better finish.