Category: Match Reports

Match Report:- Paget Rangers 6-2 NKF Burbage

Bears Thrash Burbage To Return To Winning Ways

Paget Rangers continued their phenomenal home form with a 6-2 demolition of NKF Burbage at Coles Lane.

The Bears attacked with intent, determined to make up for the August Bank Holiday loss at Atherstone Town, and took the lead in the 13th minute when Daniel Elwell, shot across Burbage keeper Jack Anderson and into the roof of the net. It was two-nil to the Bears just before half-time when the impressive Callum Burston-Keeley outpaced Burbage’s Josh Kind and beat Anderson at his near post.

Five minutes into the second half and Paget extended their lead further. Burston-Keeley snatching the ball from the feat of Anderson and stabbing the ball home into the unguarded net. Paget sealed the game in the 54th minute when Daniel Elwell got his second of the game from close range. In the 55th minute NKF Burbage pulled a goal back from a corner when Jack Sutherland headed home. Paget weren’t finished however and substitute Daniel Carter beat the offside trap to score the Bears 5th goal of the game in the 76th minute shooting low into the bottom corner. In the 89th minute Daniel Carter grabbed his second poking the ball home from close range after a goalmouth scramble. Burbage grabbed a consolation goal through Andrei Graur in the 2nd minute of added time to give a final score of Paget Rangers 6-2 NKF Burbage.

Paget Line Up:- Hayward, Hinson, Beacon (Hancox 83), O’Doherty, Crowley, Drake-Cervantes, Burston-Keeley (Daly 54), Fitzgerald, Elwell, Gibson, Fagg (Carter 72)

Paget Scorers:- Elwell 13, 54, Burston-Keeley 43, 48, Carter 75,90.

Match Report:- Paget Rangers 5-1 Ashby Ivanhoe

Bears Begin New Season In Fine Style

Paget Rangers began the 2019/20 MFL Division 1 season in fine style by despatching of league newcomers, Ashby Ivanhoe, by five goals to one.

The match started with the visitors dominating possession and if it wasn’t for their profligacy in front of goal, Ivanhoe could have taken an early lead.

As the half wore on, Paget grew more into the game and began to create the clearer cut chances. First Billy Fagg cut in from the left hand side and after beating two defenders saw his effort go over the bar. Next Daniel Elwell swivelled neatly on the ball and saw a rasping right-footed drive narrowly go over. In the 34th minute, Paget had the lead. Some neat build up play found Elwell on the edge of the box and his left footed shot beat Dyche in the Ashby Ivanhoe goal to put the Bears one nil to the good. The lead wasn’t to last long. On 42 minutes, Paget conceded a corner, and before the ball was crossed in, Aaron Harper-Bailey was adjudged to have fouled an Ivanhoe forward and a penalty was subsequently award. Minshull’s spot kick left Paget ‘keeper Hayward with no chance and the scores were tied at the interval.

The second half started with Ashby Ivanhoe clearly being fired up following their equaliser and Paget were indebted to ‘keeper Brad Hayward for some magnificent saves in maintaining parity. First a stinging shot from Ivanhoe number 9, Kerr Horn, was superbly tipped over, before another fierce shot was somehow tipped wide. These saves were to prove crucial as the match progressed along with some tactical substitutions made by Bears’ manager, Matt Seeley. First though a superb counter attack saw Callum Burston-Keeley break free and round the Ivanhoe keeper only to see his effort hit the side netting with others well placed to tap the ball in. Sam Fitzgerald, Jeorge Smith and Daniel Carter were all brought on and their energy and freshness paid dividends for Paget. On 69 minutes, Carter beat the offside trap and chipped Dyche to put the Bears 2-1 up. Another slick build up play saw the energetic Elwell played through and he beat Dyche low down from an acute angle to put the Bears 3-1 to the good. It was 4-1 on 88 minutes, great short, sharp passing from Fagg, Smith and Carter saw the latter played through on goal and the veteran scorer made no mistake. There was still time for a Paget fifth. Carter was felled in the box by Dyche and stepped up to convert the spot kick to seal himself a 21 minute hattrick and Paget three points on the opening game of the season.

Paget Line-Up: – Hayward, A.Brown, M.Brown, Cullen, Crowley ©, Harper-Bailey (Fitzgerald 53), Burston-Keeley (Smith 60), Mullan, Elwell, Gibson (Carter 53), Fagg.

Subs not used:- Hancox, Hughes

Paget scorers:- Elwell (34,73), Carter (69, 88, 90)

Paget MOM:- Hayward

Attendance:- 72

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Match Report: Paget Rangers 3-2 Nuneaton Griff

The Bears Complete the Double Over Struggling Nuneaton Side

Paget Rangers returned from another break to overcome relegation threatened Nuneaton Griff with 3-2 win.

The Bears started strongly, and John Flanagan could’ve put the hosts in front within the second minute but his effort was just wide.

Despite a strong start for the Wee Gers, they found themselves a goal down after the seventh minute, when a through ball from Matt Rawlins found Charlie Morris who fired home. Calls for offside fell on death ears, and as VAR hasn’t reached the MFL Division 1 yet, the goal stood.

Paget continued to have most of the possession, with chances for John Dodd, but it was Taylor Byrne in the 30th minute who looked most likely to score when he dispossessed Ellis Whiteman, before noticing Griff’s goalkeeper was off his line, but Byrne’s lob went just over the bar. Minutes later Nathan Corry’s long shot was pushed over the bar.

With half-time approaching the Bears finally found drew level, after a Paget corner was cleared Craig Evans received the ball on the edge of the box, before firing into the bottom corner.

Nuneaton had a great chance to equalise just two minutes later after gaining a free-kick in a good position, but Rawlins sent it over. Moments later, Flanagan was through on goal but his shot was saved for a corner, before Byrne saw his effort saved.

A great run from Flanagan didn’t materialise in a goal and the teams went into the break level.

The Heartlanders came out strong, but it was Flanagan who had the first real chance of the game but saw his header saved. Minutes later the Bears were in front when Evans returned the Griff’s goalkeeper clearance into the path of Michael Wright, who beat his defender and poked the ball into the net.

A vital clearance from Luke Hennessy kept the Wee Gers in front, and minutes later Evans chipped the ball into the top corner from the edge of the box giving the Bears a 3-1 lead in spectacular fashion.

With less than 10 minutes to go the away side were awarded a penalty after Morris went down in the box, Connor Wright stepped up and sent the Paget keeper the wrong way to reduce the deficit.

Nuneaton chased a vital equaliser, but couldn’t find a way through despite over six minutes of added time.





Match Report: Paget Rangers 1-3 Littleton

New look Littleton side grab vital three points at the Bears' expense

Paget Rangers succumbed to a new look Littleton side, as a brace from Daniel Holloway and a goal from Cameron Walker were enough to give the visitors all three points.

Littleton had the first chance to take the lead when a Conal Dowling clearance landed at the feet of Jade Ferron, whose weak long shot didn’t trouble the Bears’ number one. Moments later Ferron forced Dowling to make a good save to keep the score goalless.

Minutes later Fraiser Doyle speculative volley preceded an ambitious long range shot, which both failed to trouble the Littleton goalkeeper.

In the 14th minute the Ton opened the scoring when Joel Ambalu’s cross from the right-hand side low drive was missed by the Paget defence before being sent into the net by Walker.

Ambalu then missed a handful of chances to double the visitors’ lead, whilst Michael Wright missed chances to equalise for the Wee Gers, as the score remained 1-0 to the Ton going into the break.

It didn’t take long for the Bears to equalise following the break, a bit of luck saw the ball land at the feet of Doyle and with the Littleton goalkeeper far off his line the Paget midfielder floated the ball into the goal.


A number of chances for the Bears followed but it was Littleton who would take the lead, for the second time when Holloway headed in with less than 15 minutes to go. Just minutes later Holloway put Littleton further in front when he sent the ball in off the post.

Late appeals for a Paget penalty were waved away in the dying minutes, after John Flanagan was bundled down in the box.



Match Report: Heath Hayes 0-6 Paget Rangers

Rampant Bears Dominate On The Road

Paget Rangers returned to winning ways in style with a six-nil demolition of Heath Hayes at their Coppice Colliery ground.

The Bears attacked from the off with an obvious intent to make up for recent disappointing results and created the first chance of the game fell to Paget in the 3rd minute as Ross Dempster saw his shot blocked and Michael Wright fired narrowly wide. Paget then gave away a free kick on the edge of the box and a superb save from Paget ‘keeper Conal Dowling saw the ball tipped onto the post, from the rebound a goalbound Heath Hayes effort was hacked off the line by Paget defender Luke Hennessy. Paget launched forward in search of the opening and some intricate football found Michael Wright who’s shot from 10 yards bounced off the post and into the net to give the Bears the lead. Paget now had the initiative and took the game by the scruff of the neck. It was 2-0 on 15 minutes when Ross Dempster’s curling effort found the bottom corner. Dempster was unlucky not to add his second and Paget’s third moments later when a superb save from Heath Hayes goalkeeper Jon Clough saw a vicious drive tipped round the post. Heath Hayes were still in the game and efforts from Sam Melia and Neil Grainger were well blocked or cleared by the Paget defence boosted by the return of Matt Powell.

In the second half Paget dictated the vast majority of play with Billy Fagg particularly impressive with a wide range of passing from the heart of the Bears midfield. It didn’t take long for Paget to extend their lead and a square ball from Wright found Dempster unmarked to put Paget three goals ahead. Still Paget pushed forward sensing a significant improvement on goal difference could be earned and a superb run down the full length of the pitch by Paget left back, Taylor Byrne, was unfortunate not to end in a goal as his effort was well saved. Paget had their fourth on 71 minutes as Michael Wright, who had hounded the Heath Hayes defence all game, slotted the ball beyond Clough after good build up play. On 78 minutes it was 5-0. A stinging 20 yard thunderbolt from Jack Jenkins nestled in the top corner giving Clough no chance. On 85 minutes it could’ve been six. Paget hassled the Heath Hayes defence into another mistake and Nathan Corry chose to shoot from a tight angle, rather than squaring the ball to Wright who was free in the centre of the penalty area. Michael Wright wasn’t to be denied his hattrick however and Nathan Corry made up for his earlier missed shot by slotting the ball through to Wright who outpaced the defence and scored beyond Clough to send the travelling supporters into raptures as Paget ran riot in Staffordshire.

Paget’s next action is on Saturday 23rd March when the host Littleton at Coles Lane (ko 3pm) in a match which will also see the annual reunion for all former Paget Rangers players, officials and management. For more details on the Paget Rangers reunion please contact Paget Rangers Chairman, Matthew Dainty by emailing

Match Report: Paget Rangers 0-3 Leicester Road

Bears Beaten By High Flyers

Paget Rangers hopes of qualifying for next season’s FA Cup suffered another huge blow as the Bears fell to their fourth successive league defeat at the hands of high-flying Leicester Road.

Paget started the match on the front foot and could have taken the lead inside the first 2 minutes, Leicester Road skipper Callum Earls blocking Ross Dempster’s goal bound effort.

Leicester Road then took control and went ahead on 3 minutes after a lovely, flowing move – Dom Brennan finding Nuno Gomes on the right, who cut inside and crossed to the advancing Nat Kelly, who hit it first time on the volley with Liam Read on hand to slot in the rebound from close range. On 10 minutes an alert Brennan lobbed the advancing Paget keeper Conal Dowling but his effort was headed off the line by Luke Hennessy. On 24 minutes Leicester Road extended their lead, when Gomes again down the right cut inside and beat two defenders, but while his shot was slightly scuffed it again fell to Read and he buried it in the far left corner. Read and Brennan again combined well shortly after but a last ditch Paget block by Josh McPherson saved another goal and then Brennan also grazed the bar with a 25-yard half volley with the keeper well beaten. Leicester Road continued to press playing some intricate football on the Coles Lane 3g pitch and extended their lead further on 34 when Brennan threw a dummy that allowed Read to slide the ball under Conal Dowling for a clinical hat-trick.

Paget Rangers started the second half much brighter, looking to get back into the game and were handed a lifeline when Nuno Gomes was given a straight red card for Leicester Road after an off the ball incident saw Paget’s Taylor Byrne left in a heap on the ground. This allowed Paget to grow in to the contest more, but they failed to create any clear cut chances until the 84th minute when substitute Jack Jenkins was very unlucky to see his curling drive bounce out of the Leicester Road post with their keeper well beaten. There wasn’t to be a comeback for the Bears however and Leicester Road managed to close out the game for a well deserved three points.

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Match Report: Paget Rangers 0-3 Coventry Copsewood

Poor Display Adds To Disappointing Defeat

Paget Rangers produced their most disappointing display of the season on Saturday losing to struggling Coventry Copsewood by three goals to nil at Coles Lane.

The Bears never got going and fell behind in the 24th minute when Sean Kavanagh made no mistake to slot the ball home. The first half closed out with little in terms of attacking quality from either side and the Bears were fortunate to go into the break only the one goal behind. Shortly into the second half in an attempt to turn the match in Paget’s favour, manager Jason Lanns made a triple substitution including the debut of new singing Montel Gibson. The Bears however were to fall further behind in the 55th minute. A cross from the left wasn’t cleared and only Copsewood skipper, Lawrence Rawlings reacted to prod the ball home unmarked at the far post. In the 75th minute Paget finally created a decent chance, Montel Gibson unlucky to see his goal bound effort cleared off the line. It was game over in the 83rd minute however when a super counter attacking move from Coventry Copsewood was completed by Lawrence Rawlings as he shot past Conal Dowling from 20 yards to send the visitors home with the three points.

Match Report: Paget Rangers 2-3 Heather St. John’s

League Leaders Escape With Three Points From Coles Lane

Paget Rangers were edged out by league leaders Heather St. John’s in a pulsating encounter at Coles Lane on Saturday.

The first chance of the game fell to the visitors when a long throw from Tom Weale was flicked on by Daniel Douglas to Dean Rathbone, whose close range effort was blocked. Paget soon responded and Fraser Doyle was allowed space to fire an effort narrowly over the crossbar. Heather tried to assert themselves on the game and took the lead when a long ball over the top saw Simeon Cobourne outpace the Paget defence and round an onrushing Conal Dowling to slot the ball into the unguarded net. Paget responded well and were unlucky not to be level immediately when Nkosi Mzungwana’s effort was well saved by Heather ‘keeper Billy Spink. The Bears exerted so concerted pressure and got their equaliser when prolific goalscorer Ross Dempster unleashed a scorcher of a curling effort from the edge of the box which left Spink well beaten. Shortly after Heather were given an opportunity to retake the lead. Taylor Byrne was somewhat harshly adjudged to have tripped Cobourne for a penalty. Up stepped Dean Rathbone for the visitors but his effort was well saved by Conal Dowling in the Paget goal.

The second half saw Heather start the brightest forcing an early corner. From the resulting corner kick Joe McNulty rose highest to head the league leaders back into the lead. Heather continued to look for a killer third goal as Paget dominated the most of the possession but the visitors looked dangerous on the break. So it was to prove as another long ball over the top found the pacey Cobourne who chipped Conal Dowling who had run off his line to try and close him down. The match wasn’t over however as Paget stuck to their game plan and their effort was rewarded when Fraser Doyle fired an effort into the bottom corner to give the Bears hope of an unlikely point. Paget continued to press and had a great chance for an equaliser when Ross Dempster headed wide despite being well placed. The final score ended three two to the visitors but Heather will feel fortunate to have extended their winning run to 14 consecutive games after an extremely tough test from a determined Paget side.

Match Report: Cadbury Athletic 0-1 Paget Rangers

Dempster Penalty Seals Points At The Death

Paget Rangers produced one of their best performances of the season to come away from high-flying Cadbury Athletic’s, Triplex Ground, with the three points and a clean sheet on Saturday.

The game started in frenetic fashion with both Cadbury’s keeper, Stuart Parsons, and Paget stopper, Conal Dowling in inspired form. First Cadbury’s attacked down the left putting stand-in Paget right back Jem Mills under pressure, Mills however was equal to Alport’s probing runs and set up a superb counter attack led by Michael Wright. Wright crossing for Dempster who’s effort was narrowly over the bar. Next Fraser Doyle received the ball in the penalty area before shooting narrowly wide of the Cadbury goal. Cadbury’s pushed forward with target man Odane Barnes heading over Demitrius Smikle and Ben Alport saw efforts well saved. Paget began to dominate proceedings and possession with the midfield quartet of Jack Moss, Josh Hawker, Fraser Doyle and Mark Williams dictating the pace of the game. The Bears pressed from the front, with the hard-working Ross Dempster and Michael Wright forcing the Cadbury defence into errors however a sequence of corner opportunities were squandered before Barnes again shot wide for Cadbury’s when well placed.

In the second half Cadbury’s enjoyed far more of the possession and put Paget under unrelenting pressure for much of the second period. Taylor Byrne and Josh McPherson were excellent in defence, whilst Jack Jenkins, playing his third game at left back marshalled winger Matthew Warman effectively. Cadbury’s introduced to former Paget youth players in Jevaughni Robinson and Kennie Roberts as substitutes and the duo almost paid immediate dividends, Roberts feeding the ball to Robinson who broke the offside trap before firing inches wide.  In the 80th minute, Cadbury’s finally breached the Paget rear-guard, Robinson’s shot taking a vicious deflection off the back of Josh McPherson, Conal Dowling in the Paget goal however was able to adjust himself in mid-air to tip the ball over for a corner. It was Paget who were to have the final say however in the 3rd minute of stoppage time at the end of the 90, substitute Nathan Corry, who had returned from holiday at 3am that morning, ran with the ball at the Cadbury’s defence, instead of heading for the corner and wasting time as Paget looked to preserve a 0-0, he made for the penalty area, being dripped by Anthony Fitzmaurice. The referee had no hesitation in pointing to the spot. Up stepped in-form striker Ross Dempster to fire the ball home beyond a despairing Stuart Parsons to put the Bears ahead. It was Dempster’s tenth consecutive match scoring for Paget, extending his own club record. No sooner had Cadbury’s kicked off, the final whistle was blown and Paget had emerged victorious with a real smash and grab one nil win to move up to 7th place in the table.

Paget Rangers Against Racing Club Warwick

Match Report: Paget Rangers 1-4 Racing Club Warwick

Boxing Day blues for the Bears

Paget Rangers were left with Boxing Day blues as Racing Club Warwick recorded a 4-1 victory at the Central Ground on Coles Lane.

It could have been predicted that Paget were in for a tough afternoon when Luke Holmes conceded a silly free-kick, in the second minute, instead of passing the ball back. Conal Dowling did well to tip Daniel Bartle’s effort over the bar.

Minutes later a defensive scramble saw Kory Burke given a golden opportunity at the near post to give the Bears an early lead, but there was little time for Burke to react and he sent the ball wide.

Paget had another great chance just moments after Burke’s miss, Nathan Corry tore through the Racing Club Warwick defence on the left side before pulling the ball back for Ross Dempster, but it was just out of reach for the Wee Gers’ in-form forward.

In the 10th minute a Racing free-kick was lofted into the box and Joshua Cole missed a great chance to open the scoring for the visitors with a poor header at the near post.

As the half progressed it was even game, and the Paget team looked a lot better at matching the visitors, than in the reverse fixture at the start of the season.

The visitors could have taken the lead around the half-hour mark but Josh McPherson did well to block Ben Mackey at the near post.

With almost 10 minutes before the break the home side felt they should have been awarded a penalty when Burke’s run into the the box was curtailed by Trayvon Passey pulling him back.

Only two minutes later and the Racers were lucky to have all 11 men on the pitch, Alex Price lost possession in the middle of the park and then immediately went to ground with his studs up catching Jack Jenkins who was sweeping up possession.

A couple of good chances for Paget passed, and the Bears would rue the missed opportunities as two minutes into time added on Bartle made space for himself in the Paget box, before smashing the ball in off the post.

Looking to capitalise on scoring a morale boosting late first half goal, Warwick came out strong. Marc Passey confidently had a long range shot on goal before Ben Mackey netted from close range.

It only took the home side five minutes to pull one back when Dempster headed in from a free-kick.

However, disaster struck for Paget when the Racers’ captain Luke Cole smashed it in at the near post. The visitors took control and eventually Cole netted Warwick’s fourth and final goal with just over 10 minutes left on the clock.

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Match Report: Uttoxeter Town 1-3 Paget Rangers

Early Christmas present for Paget in Staffordshire.

The travelling Paget Rangers faithful were given an early Christmas present as the Bears ran out 3-1 winners away to Uttoxeter Town, on the Saturday before Christmas.

Early pressure, in the opening minutes, from Uttoxeter signalled a tough game for the visitors but it was Ross Dempster who looked like scoring first, however the Paget striker was disposed in the hosts’ area just in the nick of time. Minutes later Kory Burke made a good run into the box, but was also dealt with by the Uttoxeter defence.

Moments later Craig Swinfield tried to get an early lead with a wild effort on goal, and the ambitious effort signalled an end to the opening 10 minutes and the game began to settle down.

The next big chance, came for Paget, when Dempster struck from outside the box only to agonisingly send the ball just over the bar. A minute later and the Wee Gers were left frustrated again when the referee bizarrely pulled play back for a Paget free-kick denying an excellent chance to play advantage.

However, the Bears would get another great chance to take the lead just before half-time, and this time they would take it. Burke went on another surging run before sliding the ball into the path of Dempster who smashed the ball home to give the visitors the lead.

Ross Dempster Scoring

After the break the game became a box-to-box fixture again, in the 55th minute Jack Derbyshire was denied at the near post. And moments later Nathan McBean met Myles Brown’s cross from the left, but wasn’t able to steer it into the net.

As the game went on it looked like it could be quite close, however the Bears to doubled their lead when Burke headed in at the near post in the 68th minute. Moments later Paget made it three after McBean headed in a corner.

The visitors continued to put the pressure on, hoping to give their faithful followers another thing to cheer about. However, Uttoxeter had other plans as Jack Hassell netted with 10 minutes to go giving the home side what would ultimately be a consolation goal.

Eager to regain their three goal advantage and conscious of a significant of time added on due to an injury earlier in the game, the Bears continued to attack. In the 82nd minute Burke would have been through on goal, if it wasn’t for a desperate challenge from Tom Morgan – bizarrely the Town substitute was only shown a yellow.

Paget would have been left furious, if Uttoxeter had taken their chances a minute later – a great save from Conal Dowling prevented the hosts from getting a crucial second goal, and lady luck was clearly on the Bears’ side when Daniel Harper hit the post with the follow up.

Perhaps frustrated with the missed chance Jack Tolley maliciously brought down Burke in the middle of the park, he was deservedly sent off for what was disgusting and unnecessary challenge.

Uttoxeter continued to keep the pressure on, but were unable to find a second goal let alone an equaliser and the Bears took all three points back to Birmingham.


Match Report:- Nuneaton Griff 0-4 Paget Rangers

100 Wins Not Out For Jason Lanns

Paget Rangers secured their 100th competitive win under manager Jason Lanns in a comfortable victory over Midland Football League 1st Division strugglers Nuneaton Griff.

On a day which will be remembered for the atrocious weather conditions, it was Paget who secured the three points after a three goal blitz during a seven minute spell in the first half saw off a gritty Nuneaton Griff side. The match opened in a fairly even fashion as both teams struggled to come to terms with the conditions, the match was end to end but with neither side testing the other’s keeper until Paget managed to break the deadlock in the twenty-first minute. The ball was chased down by Mark Williams and passed to Torryn Connolly who’s shot was parried by Frazer Mullis in the Griff goal into the path of Paget forward Nathan Corry who’s low shot found the bottom corner.

Two minutes later and Paget pressed again, hounding the Nuneaton Griff defence into mistakes, and allowing a Paget cross into the area which reached in-form striker Ross Dempster who made no mistake to put Paget two goals to the good.

In the 28th minute it was three nil to the Bears. A Paget corner found the head of Captain Craig Evans, his goal-bound effort was blocked but fell to Dempster on the edge of the penalty area who unleashed a vicious drive into the top corner of the net.

After this goal flurry the match again evened itself out and were it for better finishing, the hosts could have pulled a goal back as Middleton shot high and wide.

Nuneaton Griff started the second half brightly and George Brindley went close with a cross-cum-shot which glanced past the far post with Paget keeper Conal Dowling a spectator. Griff continued to press but this played into Paget’s hands, the Bears pace and high-pressing game creating a number of chances, twice Evans shot narrowly over meanwhile, Griff had Mullis to thank for saves from a hat-trick seeking Dempster and an ambitious shot from substitute Kory Burke. Griff rung the changes and a superb effort from George Brindley was cleared by Paget defender Matt Powell as the game continued to flow from one end to the other. It was Paget who grabbed the final goal and their fourth when substitute Jack Jenkins was on the end of a fine team move in the 86th minute to fire low past a despairing Mullis in the Griff goal.

Paget thoroughly deserved this victory but were made to work hard for it in difficult conditions by a determined Nuneaton Griff side.

Match Report: Paget Rangers 3-0 Stapenhill

The Bears Record Back-to-Back Wins

Paget Rangers started their home tie against Stapenhill, how they would go on to finish it, very much in control.

Although the Bears dominated early on, it wasn’t until the sixth minute that the home side had their first real chance of game when Ross Dempster connected with, the Stapenhill goalkeeper, Tom Cox’s clearance, after the Stapenhill number one cleared a Paget free-kick.

The chances followed, Taylor Byrne caused trouble and won a corner with a trademark long throw before Nathan Corry’s cross was blocked by Jacob Yeomans – the calls for handball fell on deaf ears, but perhaps it wasn’t as obvious as the ‘goal’ scored by Jay Rodriguez for West Bromwich Albion in their 2-2 draw with Aston Villa the night before.

Following two more Paget attacks, the visitors had their first chance in the 13th minute through George Teeney but the fordward’s shot was easy to save for Conal Dowling.

The game began to open up and in the 20th minute it looked like it was anyone’s for the taking, with the first scorer likely to go on to win the game. Only a minute later and it looked like the Bears would score following a lovely passing movement that would be the envy of Pep Guardiola. Fortunately for the Swans’ Dempster’s effort was sent wide.

The following minute Teeney found himself through on goal, however Dowling was quick off his line to meet the forward, but after winning the ball with a great tackle the Paget goalkeeper stayed down injured. However, despite the Paget goalkeeper being obviously injured play wasn’t stopped until the Bears had regained possession.

Paget’s next big chance came when Corry excitingly beat the offside trap to cross the ball into Fraser-Doyle, who let the visitors off by sending his volley over the bar. As the half went on Paget continued to look dangerous, and a promising Corry cross into the path of Torryn Connolly was blocked.

As half-time approached it looked like it would be a goalless draw at the break, but with a couple of minutes left on the clock Connolly got in front in goal and sent the ball directly at Cox and the Stapenhill goalkeeper let the ball slip through his legs.

Minutes laters Connolly was through on goal, but this time put the ball wide and Paget went into the break with a single goal lead.

Stapenhill had the first attempt on goal coming out of the break when Jamie Disney had his shot blocked, before the most bizarre moment of the game. Corry chased down a Paget clearance to Cox but instead of stopping after the visitor’s goalkeeper had collected the ball the Paget winger crashed into him in what was clearly a throwback to football of a bygone era.

With approximately half-an-hour left on the clock Paget substitute Ryan Walker had a great chance to extend the lead after pulling away on the right hand side, however instead of squaring the ball to an open Dempster, Walker sent the ball wide, a huge let off for the visitors.

Both sides continued to have chances Paget notably through Dempster and Stapenhill through Teeney. But it was the home side who would strike second when Cox was caught in no man’s land, giving Dempster an easy chance to finish.

With Paget 2-0 up with 10 minutes to go the Swans seemed to have resigned themselves to defeat and the home side dominated, with Walker redeeming himself by scoring Paget’s third of the afternoon.

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Match Report: Paget Rangers 3-1 NKF Burbage

Paget Are Back To Winning Ways With Impressive Victory

Paget Rangers 3-1 NKF Burbage (Midland Football League 1st Division)

Paget Rangers continued their recent upturn in form with a comfortable victory over high-flying NKF Burbage at Coles Lane on Tuesday night. The Bears showed their intent from the off and new signing, Fraser Doyle, was brought down in the penalty area for an early spot kick for Paget. Ross Dempster made no mistake from the spot to put Paget ahead.  On 11 minutes it was 2-0 to the Bears. A counter attacking move saw captain, Craig Evans spot the Burbage keeper off his line. Evans’ dipping shot from 25 yards flew into the net to put Paget firmly in control. Paget were happy to let their opponents have the ball and use the pace of wingers Kory Burke and Nathan Corry to create an effective counter attack. Corry had a great chance when played through but shot wide, before Dempster fired over. Burbage continued to be profligate in possession and were punished once again. Another counter attack by Paget saw Dempster clean through on goal, his low shot beating the keeper to put Paget three goals to the good before the half-time interval.

In the second half NKF Burbage came out intent to reduce the arrears but were on the whole restricted to long range efforts or moves which resulted in comfortable saves for Conal Dowling in the Paget goal. NKF Burbage did get a consolation goal worthy of their endeavour in second half stoppage time when Jake Brown beat Dowling from close range. Paget managed to close out the game well however and showed good game management to secure a 3-1 victory which moves the Bears back into the top 10.

Match Report: Paget Rangers 2-2 Coventry Copsewood (Paget win 4-3 on pens)

Bears Progress In Floodlit Cup After Shootout

Paget Rangers progressed to the quarter finals of the Birmingham Midweek Floodlit Cup at the expense of divisional rivals Coventry Copsewood after a dramatic penalty shootout at Coles Lane.

Paget started the brighter and were finally rewarded for their endeavour when Ross Dempster put the Bears ahead on 43 minutes.

The scores were level in the 58th minute when Copsewood substitute Frankie Baigent raced clear to fire the ball home.

Paget regained their lead in the 64th minute when Ross Dempster grabbed his second goal of the game.

Paget had numerous chances to kill the game off but were punished for their profligacy in front of goal when Frankie Baigent scored a stunning 77th minute free kick which ultimately sent the game to penalties.

Paget substitute Jem Mills missed the Bears’ first spot kick however two saves from the Bears’ ‘keeper Conal Dowling in the shootout was sufficient to see the Bears through to the next round.


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Match Report: Littleton 2-2 Paget Rangers

Mistakes Cost Paget Dear

Paget Rangers were made to pay for their mistakes throwing away two points and having to settle for a draw away at basement side Littleton.

The hosts started brightly and could have gone ahead after only two minutes when Luke Rowlands broke clear to beat the keeper only to see his shot hit the inside of the post and spin clear.

The visitors began the second half brightly and only good defensive work kept the score level, but in the 65th minute Paget were awarded a penalty that was converted by Ross Dempster after he had been fouled.

The score was level after 70 minutes when having been bundled over in the area Rowlands converted from the spot.

The game suddenly came to life and after 80 minutes Rangers were back in front after a fine save from Edward Cox rebounded to Torryn Connolly who shot into the top corner.

When all looked lost Littleton showed their desire and were rewarded by an 89th-minute equaliser when Matthew Iorns prodded home from close range after Paget keeper Conal Dowling had spilt the ball from a routine cross.

Match Report: Paget Rangers 2-3 Sporting Khalsa

The Bears Bow Out Of Another Cup Competition

Paget Rangers crashed out of the Walsall Senior Cup at the first attempt despite a valiant effort against higher division Sporting Khalsa.

Paget more than held their own in the opening exchanges with both Dempster and Mills spurning chances to give the Bears the lead. Paget managed to keep Khalsa at bay until the 29th minute when a killer through ball found Josh Thomas in acres of space who had the time and composure to slot the ball passed Conal Dowling and to give the visitors a well worked lead. Khalsa began to dominate the remainder of the first half and felt aggrieved when appealing for a penalty for a foul by Dowling however their claims were waived away as the referee’s assistant had already flagged for an offside.

In the second half Paget became more adventurous in the search of an equaliser and ultimately paid the price in the 59th minute to go two goals down as Liam Armstrong doubled Sporting Khalsa’s lead. And it seemed game over in the 68th minute when Jay Holdcroft scored Khalsa’s third to put the game beyond the Bears.

Paget didnt give up however and Captain Craig Evans pulled a goal back for the Bears with a stunning drive from the edge of the box over the Khalsa keeper to give Paget a lifeline. This goal gave Paget renewed belief and they poured men forward, Nathan Corry was unlucky to fluff a chance and then in the 85th minute it was 3-2 as substitute John Dodd poked the ball home. Still Paget attacked and a through ball from Mark Williams was left by Ross Dempster for Kory Burke who ran from deep only to see the linesman flag Paget offside, with the winger bearing down and through on goal. Khalsa were now hanging on and showed good game management to close out the remaining injury time leaving Paget wondering what if, and Khalsa looking forward to a trip to Bilston Town in the 2nd Round.



Match Report: Paget Rangers 2-3 Brocton

The Bears Drop the Lead Twice at Coles Lane

Paget Rangers lost the lead twice as Brocton took all three points home with them on a chilly November afternoon.

The Bears got off to a good start opening the scoring in the fourth minute when Nathan Corry latched onto an excellent ball from Craig Evans, before sending the ball flying into the bottom corner.

Brocton allowed the Wee Gers a number of chances to double their lead just moments after conceding the first, but Jem Mills, Ross Dempster, Kory Burke and Evans all failed to take advantage.

As the game progressed the visitors started to get into it and trouble the hosts, a corner in the 12th minute precluded a number of chances for the Badgers to equalise and perhaps they would’ve done so, if it weren’t for the referee failing to give the away side the advantage in the 18th minute when Matthew Kimmins was about to go through on goal.

However, Brocton needn’t have worried as James McGrady sent the ball into the bottom corner to draw level just before the half-hour mark.

Paget almost responded immediately through Corry and then Dempster, indeed both Corry and Dempster would have chances before half-time, but the score remained 1-1.

Brocton almost took the lead early second half when Regan Smith took advantage of a defensive error, but Conal Dowling wasn’t troubled by his effort.

Both sides continued to have chances to take the lead, but it was a Brocton player who would score the third goal of the match when Adam Weldon turned in Corry’s cross for an own goal.

Minutes later Kimmins missed a chance to score an immediate equaliser, sending the ball wide, but 10 minutes later Kimmins would veer dangerously into the box causing Mark Williams to desperately lunge in to prevent the Brocton midfielder a shot on goal, conceding a penalty.

Daniel Lomas stepped up, and sent the ball into the bottom corner levelling the score, despite Dowling guessing the direction correctly.

Only minutes later Brocton took the lead when McGrady doubled his tally, and McGrady almost scored a hat-trick when Kimmins laid the ball off three minutes later but Dowling pushed the ball onto the post.

Just minutes later Corry would hit the post for Paget, before Keiren Nelson was sent off for a studs up challenge.

With five minutes left, and having already scored two in the game a Paget equaliser looked imminent especially with the one-man advantage, but the visitors looked even more dangerous on the counter-attack. Even with the brazen attitude to defending their lead, Brocton held on.

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Match Report: Coventry Copsewood 1-1 Paget Rangers

Powell Header Earns Paget Last Gasp Point

Coventry Copsewood 1-1 Paget Rangers (Midland Football League)

Paget Rangers secured a deserved point at the death of a scrappy encounter at Copsewood’s Pavillion Ground.

Paget started the brighter of the two sides playing a counter pressing game with a the pace of front three Daniel Carter, Ross Dempster and Kory Burke causing the Copsewood defence problems, however the delivery of the final ball let Paget down as the dominated with a succession of attacks. Paget’s profligacy in possession almost cost them midway through the first half when, with too many players forward in attacking positions, the hosts launched a devastating counter attack of their own, and Paget keeper Dowling, was forced to race out from the penalty area and concede a foul. Somewhat fortunately for the Bears, the referee only produced a yellow card for the Paget keeper. Copsewood’s resultant free kick led to nothing but the hosts began to grow into the game forcing a succession of corners which were either well defended or missed the target. The best chance of the first half fell to Paget in the 44th minute. The Bears stole possession in midfield and launched another counter attack, the ball reaching Kory Burke in the penalty area who saw his shot hit the crossbar with Copsewood keeper O’Donnell beaten, before falling behind harmlessly for a goal kick.

Copsewood started the second half on the front foot and won an early corner in the 48th minute. The corner was well delivered and after Paget defender Matt Powell missed his header, Sean Kavanagh was on hand at the far post to head the hosts into the lead. Paget struggled to adapt to an increasingly slick surface following a succession of downpours but eventually the Bears pressure told. In the 89th minute a corner from Billy Fagg found Matt Powell at the far post who atoned for his earlier error, to head the Bears level. Paget sensed that they could grab the three points and substitute Nathan Corry could have stolen three points for the Bears in stoppage time, but this was a good point on the road for the Bears who next host Brocton at Coles Lane on Saturday, kick off 3pm.

Match Report:- Rocester 2-3 Paget Rangers

Stunning Comeback Secures Bears Victory On The Road

Paget Rangers produced a stunning comeback to grab the three points at Rocester on Saturday.

It was the Bears who started brightest with attacking intent from the off and Paget were unlucky not to take the lead as early as the third minute when debutant Josh Hawker so his effort from 20 yards cannon back off the cross bar with Rocester keeper, Lewis Bullock beaten. Paget continued to attack and in the 36th minute were within their rights to feel majorly aggrieved. A Billy Fagg effort was blocked by the hands of a Rocester defender, from which the Romans produced a devastating counter attack, Jack Dundas finishing the move to give the hosts a one nil lead at the break.

Paget began the second half again with an obvious attacking intend but were to fall further behind in the 51st minute. A Paget corner was cleared and with too many men committed forward in attacking positions, Rocester winger Micha Jebbison, was able to outpace Luke Holmes and round Paget keeper Conal Dowling before firing into an empty net. It was now all or nothing for the Bears. Paget continued to commit men forward and throw caution to the wind in an attacking sense and their efforts were finally rewarded in the 53rd minute. A Josh Hawker corner was met by a towering header from Matt Powell to give Paget a lifeline at 2-1. Still Paget attacked and the introduction of Daniel Carter from the substitutes bench caused the Rocester defence all manner of problems. It was Carter’s endeavour which found strike partner Ross Dempster in the 75th minute, his low effort levelling the scores at 2-2. Rocester were deflated and Paget were now firmly in the ascendancy. Another Paget attacking move in the 85th minute resulted in a free kick to the Bears on the edge of the box following a foul on Josh Hawker. Up stepped Hawker to curl an effort into the top corner to seal a remarkable comeback for the Bears and a vital three points on the road.

Paget Line Up:- Dowling, Holmes (Corry 73), Gasiewski, Powell, McPherson, Evans (C),  Moss, Hawker, Dempster (Brown 89), R.Walker (Carter 54), Fagg

Subs Not Used:- Burke, Dodd

Paget Scorers:- Powell (53), Dempster (75), Hawker (85)

Attendance: 55