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Match Report: Paget Rangers 6-0 Heath Hayes

The Bears Dominate at Coles Lane

Paget Rangers bounced back from a Monday night defeat with an emphatic win over Heath Hayes, putting the Bears fifth in the table.

The opening 10 minutes accurately reflected how the game would go for both sides, Paget had most of the chances whilst Heath Hayes wasted the possession they had.

In the 10th minute that the Bears scored the afternoon’s first, after receiving an excellent aerial ball from Billy Fagg, Luke Holmes did well to earn a corner. Poor defending left Ryan Walker free and the Paget striker rose up and headed the ball into the net.

The Hayes found themselves two goals down only two minutes later when Ross Dempster did well to latch on to an over the top ball and poke it past Jordan Harvey, who was in no man’s land.

Conceding two goals in quick succession disrupted the visitors’ game plan and it was the home side that looked threatening going forward.

In the 32nd minute the Hayes were lucky not to go a man down after a reckless and dangerous challenge from Harry Phillips which left Kory Blake on the ground, in agony. Later the Paget midfielder would have to be stretchered off, but bizarrely Phillips was only shown a yellow card.

Paget continued to create chances as the first half drew to a close scoring their third in the 46th minute, the Hayes failed to deal with a Paget corner and again Walker was in space to fire home.

The Wee Gers dominated in the second half – producing some excellent football, none more so in the 58th minute when Holmes and Nathan Corry linked up well to set up Dempster, who saw his shot saved.

Minutes later Dempster would find the net again, volleying the ball into the goal after Harvey parried Taylor Byrne’s cross into the Dempster’s path.

In full control Paget attacked with freedom, and Byrne made it five when he headed in a corner in the 23rd minute.

After kick-off Paget regained possession almost immediately and Corry poked it in the back of the net to round off the scoring.

Even with a six goal lead Paget didn’t relent and had further chances, but the Hayes managed to avoid conceding further.


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Chelmsley Town 2-0 Paget Rangers

The Bears Exit The League Cup At The First Attempt

Paget bowed out of the MFL League Cup at the first round stage thanks to a two nil defeat at the hands of divisional rivals, Chelmsley Town. Paget chose to use the game to get minutes into players who hadn’t featured recently and manager Jason Lanns made seven changes from the side which drew with Stapenhill in the league on Saturday. The most notable change was in goal where with Conal Dowling unavailable and Josh Benton injured, outfield player Kurt White volunteered to take the place between the sticks.

The match was a rather dour affair and in the first half Kory Burke overhit his cross to Daniel Carter who was well placed with the chance coming to nothing. Carter and Dempster, playing up front together for the first time this season both saw tame efforts saved by Conlon during the first half. On the stroke of half time Chelmsley took the lead after the returning Taylor Byrne upended a Chelmsley attacker in the box, Tom Ellis making no mistake from the spot.

The second half continued much in the same vein as the first, Paget’s best chance falling to Karl Walker who struck the post. But it was the hosts who took a deserved two nil lead in the 89th minute when miscommunication between White and Byrne allowed Dominic Oliver to score and to seal Chelmsley’s progression to the 2nd round and a home tie against Cadbury Athletic.

Paget Line Up: White, Corry, Byrne, Brown, Gasiewski, Powell, Fagg (Dodd 64), K.Walker (Connolly 74), Dempster (Moss 84), Carter, Burke

Paget Subs Not Used: Hennessy, R.Walker

Attendance: 90

Stapenhill 2-2 Paget Rangers

Bears left frustrated in Staffordshire

Paget Rangers were forced to settle for a point in a close contest against Midland Football League new boys, Stapenhill, in Burton-on-Trent. Paget started the brightest and created the first opening inside ten minutes when Ross Dempster fired straight at Ben Allsop after being found in the penalty area by the energetic Billy Fagg. The Bears had another chance to open the scoring, Karl Walker played the ball through to Ryan Walker but the younger sibling’s shot was smothered by the Stapenhill defence. The hosts began to grow into the game and Paget had keeper Conal Dowling to thank, tipping a Jamie Disney shot over the bar. In the 32nd minute Paget finally broke the deadlock, Ryan Walker beating Allsop at the near post with a low drive from inside the 18 yard box after being played in by Billy Fagg. There was major controversy on the stroke of half time. Nathan Corry outpaced the entire Stapenhill defence before being hauled down in the penalty area. The referee choosing to blow for half time, rather than awarding Paget the penalty all expected.

Stapenhill started the second half with a flurry and a corner from Niall Dawkins in the 47th minute caused mayhem in the Paget penalty area and Lewis Campbell headed the home side level at the second attempt. Paget pushed strong to retake the lead and their effort was rewarded in the 53rd minute, a cross from the left by Billy Fagg fell to Ryan Walker who made no mistake to grab a brace and to put Paget back ahead. Nathan Corry continued to cause the Stapenhill defence problems with his pace and again seemed to be brought down in the penalty area, only for Paget’s appeals to be waived away by the referee. Moments later Paget were punished. A cross from the right by Dawkins was missed by the Paget defence and Jake McKintosh rose highest to level the scores on 68 minutes. In the final 20 minutes the game descended into a scrappy but end to end affair with both sides searching for the winner but spurning their chances. In the end Paget had to settle for a point on the road but will be looking to take the three points when they host Heath Hayes at Coles Lane on Saturday kick off 3pm.

Paget Line-Up:- Dowling, Holmes, Beacon, Moss, Hennessy, McPherson, Fagg, K.Walker, Dempster, Corry (Carter 72), R.Walker (Connolly 78)

Paget Subs Not Used: Brown, Gasiewski, White

Paget Scorers: R.Walker (32,54)

Attendance: 38

Paget Rangers 3-0 Hinckley AFC

The Bears Stun Previously Unbeaten Hinckley

Paget Rangers pulled off another shock result in Midland League Division One when they handed Hinckley AFC their first league defeat of the season at Coles Lane.

Hinckley gifted Paget an early advantage when Jean Dakouri fouled Kory Burke and Ross Dempster stepped up to convert from the spot on 14 minutes.

Paget plundered a second goal on 28 minutes when Karl Walker headed home unmarked from Burke’s left-wing cross.

Hinckley tried to hit back and could have cut the deficit when Paget goalkeeper Conal Dowling came out to block the ball at Grant Ryan’s feet but the ball ricocheted back to Ryan who then fired his chance wide of the mark.

Sam Belcher then went close for Hinckley in the second half but was twice kept at bay, firstly by goalkeeper Dowling and then from defender Jack Moss who made a vital block.

Hinckley wasted their best chance of the game on 55 minutes when Belcher crossed to the far post for Tom Maddison to head the ball invitingly for Ryan who headed over with the goal at his mercy.

Paget made the game safe however in the 73 minute when Kory Burke, who had put in a man of the match performance, beat the full back before cutting inside and delivering a cross for Dempster who shot first time beyond Adam Harrison to give the Bears their best result of the season so far.

Heather St. John’s 5-0 Paget Rangers

Paget Thrashed On The Road

Paget Rangers slipped to a disappointing defeat at high-flying Heather St. John’s on Saturday. The Bears, who had to make several enforced changes from the victory over Atherstone Town were left to rue ill-discipline in this humbling 5-0 reverse.

Paget actually started the brighter of the two sides with Jem Mills heading over when well-placed and Daniel Carter seeing a low drive tipped around the post by Heather keeper Liam Hodgen inside the first 20 minutes. The game changed however in the 21st minute, first Chris Cowley was allowed far too much time and space and chipped Paget’s onrushing debutant ‘keeper, Conal Dowling, to put the Saints one goal ahead and then straight from the restart, the Bears were reduced to ten men when Dean Morris was sent off following a two footed challenge on Simeon Cobourne. Paget’s cause was derailed further shortly after when the influential Jem Mills had to go off injured, leaving the Bears with only Daniel Carter as an attacking option. On the stroke of half time Heather doubled their lead, Simeon Cobourne twisting and turning in the penalty area before finding the bottom corner.

Paget came out fighting in the second half and Craig Evans was unlucky to see his header flash narrowly wide of the Heather goal before Luke Hennessy fired over when well placed. Paget were punished for this profligacy and when Dowling spilt a Tom Weale free-kick, Evans headed the ball against his own post before veteran striker Shane Benjamin bundled the ball home from close range. Moments later it was four. A cross from the right wasn’t cleared and Benjamin’s shot was deflected off Karl Walker and into the Paget net. The Bears were then reduced to nine men after Taylor Byrne received his second caution of the match and there was still time for Heather to add a fifth, Matt Gardner scoring from within the 18 yard box.

Paget Rangers Defend Against Atherstone Town

Match Report: Paget Rangers 1-0 Atherstone Town

Paget Rangers knocked league leaders Atherstone Town off the top as the Bears took all three points in the Royal town of Sutton Coldfield.

A goal from Karl Walker set up by Ross Dempster was the difference on a sunny day in North Birmingham.

The Bears could have taken the lead when Luke Hennessy got on the end of an indirect free-kick, but his touch was too heavy and the ball went over.

Atherstone had their own chance to take an early lead when Liam Kirton and Dean Morris collided, resulting in a free-kick to the visitors. Nathan Haines stepped up, but hit the wall with the follow-up from Alex Naughton being blocked.

Moments later Taylor Byrne struck wide, before going on a great run, squeezing past two Atherstone defenders to set Warren Brooks up, who shot wide.

A great ball to Jonathan Gould looked promising but Paget defended well, seconds later the Atherstone left-back saw his long range effort go wide.

As the half went on the Adders took control mainly due to poor passing from the Bears, but in the 20th minute it looked like the Bears wouldn’t need to pass on the floor as Jem Mills did well to win a clearance from Josh Benton, and then win the second challenge but unfortunately the Paget forward couldn’t find his way to goal.

Only three minutes passed and Paget had a great chance to go up, an excellent one-to-one passing play from Byrne with Ross Dempster but the low cross wasn’t attacked by a Paget player.

Paget’s dominance lasted only until the half-hour mark when Atherstone began to take control but it only resulted in a long range shot from Danny Harris.

Midfield Battle

The Wee Gers responded almost immediately when Curtis Shiels got on the end of a Byrne crossfield pass, but Shiels sent his shot over despite being in a great position.

Following the Shiels attempt the pendulum swung back to Paget, and as the half came to a close the Bears were denied a penalty when Ryan Walker was brought down in the box, but the referee were waved calls for a spot-kick away.

In the dying moments of the half a neat free-kick routine between Mills, who was having an excellent half harassing the Adders’ defence, and Morris looked promising but the Wee Gers couldn’t find the net.

Paget returned from the break with a bang. A great roulette move from Morris took the Paget midfielder past the Atherstone defender, allowing him to feed Dempster whose low pass into the path of Walker was converted from close range.

The visitors stepped up and even made a double substitution in a bid to find an equaliser. But it was the Bears that looked more likely to score, Dempster was denied in the 16th by a great save and Mills was denied a follow up. Minutes later Dempster had another attempt at goal from range, and was then played through by Mills but Carl O’Neill got down well to deny the Paget forward a chance at goal.

Paget Defend Their Lead

Nathan Corry and Mills both had chances to double the Wee Gers lead but Benton did well to deny an Adders free-kick, and as the game entered the last 15 minutes the away side finally began to step it up.

Paget denied Atherstone several times as the game came to a close, but the visitors were handed a lifeline when the referee announced seven minutes of added time. Emboldened by their successful defence in normal time the Bears managed to hold on for a well-earned victory.

Match Report: Racing Club Warwick 5-0 Paget Rangers

Disastrous Bank Holiday Monday for the Bears

Racing Club Warwick enjoyed an easy win as the Bears fell flat after an early goal at Townsend Meadow.

A difficult afternoon could have been predicted after the first minute as Josh Benton dealt with an early Warwick attack. And it would have been a good prediction as Warwick opened the scoring through Henry Leaver.

The home side continued to dominate, and the Wee Gers frustratingly wasted a free-kick in the 19th minute. It could have been a crucial equaliser as minutes later Benton made a great save to deny Gerrard McGahey.

Paget managed to starve off the Racers until five minutes before half-time when a low hard drive from Martin Slevin doubled the hosts’ lead. A minute before half-time Slevin doubled his tally to give Warwick a 3-0 lead going into the break.

In the second half goals from Luke Cole and Scott Turner completed the scoring as the Bears struggled to mount a comeback.


Match Report: Studley 0-0 Paget Rangers

10 Man Paget Hold Studley to a Goalless Draw

Paget Rangers held Studley to a goalless draw, after going down to 10-men in the second half in Warwickshire.

The home side started the match dominantly and could have even opened the scoring in the second minute, but Dale Edwards’ low and weak shot was easily saved.

As the 10 minute march approached the Bears had a chance to trouble the Studley defence, through a counter-attack was haltered after a Danny Carter pass was intercepted.

Moments later Paget were handed another chance when Aaron Xavier hacked down Nathan Corry, but the resulting free-kick went out for a corner.

Paget were starting to get into the game, but struggled to find a way through the Studley defence and were almost punished in the 19th minute when Alfie Bloomer sent Edwards’ cross over the bar from close range.

Five minutes later Billy Fagg chipped in a great ball met by Karl Walker, but he couldn’t properly control it with his chest.

The game soon turned into a end-to-end affair, but neither side could find the net. As the half came to a close the Wee Gers had a flurry of chances, but the score would remain goalless.

Just like in the first half Studley dominated possession in the opening exchanges, but the best chance they had was an outside of box attempt from Bloomer.

Both sides had good opportunities to take the lead as the half progressed, but neither side could find the net. Midway through the half the game was turned on its head, after Reece Beacon went into a 50/50 challenge with Bloomer. Unfortunately for Paget, Beacon had received a yellow card for a challenge in the first half and the referee produced his yellow card again and Paget were a man down.

Despite having the advantage of an extra man for almost 20 minutes Studley couldn’t break Paget down, and the Bears could have even have pulled off a shock win as substitute Jem Mills hassled the Studley defence as the game went on.

Match Report:- Brocton 1-0 Paget Rangers

Paget Are Made To Rue Missed Chances At Brocton

Paget Rangers slipped to a narrow one goal defeat at Staffordshire side Brocton on Tuesday night. The Bears, fielding a much changed side, were left to rue missed chances when a late goal from Brocton substitute Jethro Jarrett sealed the points for the hosts.

Paget started the brightest with Morris deployed as an unorthodox centre forward to partner the returning Danny Carter, Morris was winning the aerial battle and found Carter who’s scuffed effort found the targert but didn’t trouble Wiggins in the Brocton goal.

Brocton however were causing Paget problems on the break and in the thirteenth minute Curtis Shiels was cautioned after hauling down the Brocton forward who was through on goal.

As play progressed Brocton grew further into the game and they were unlucky not to take the lead when an excellent ball across from Kimmins evaded the entire Badgers’ attack with the Paget defence beaten.

Just before half time Carter, who’s pace and trickery was creating uncertainty and panic at the back for Brocton, was let down by his first touch when through on goal, another chance wasted for the Bears.

Half Time: Brocton 0-0 Paget Rangers

The second half continued in frenetic fashion and a crisp long range effort from Dean Morris narrowly cleared the Brocton bar. Brocton continued to counter and great run and cross from Wilson was met by Kimmins who’s effort cleared the crossbar.

Both sides began to ring the changes in the search of a winner. First Morris saw a goalbound headed effort cleared off the line by Scott, before Jack Weldon for the hosts hit a rasping effort over.

Paget then went very close when a corner was headed onto the crossbar by Hughes and the rebound sent narrowly wide. Paget would pay for not taking their chances though in the 88th minute, when a close range header from a set-piece by Jethro Jarrett found the back of the net and despite Paget appeals for impeding on Benton, the goal was given.

Final Score: Brocton 1-0 Paget Rangers

Match Details

Brocton: Wiggins, A.Weldon, Jamie Weldon, Scott (C), Nelson, Devoir, Kimmins, Whordley, Logan, Wilson, Jack Weldon

Subs used: Geldart, Jarrett, Kimberley

Subs not used: Wood

Paget Rangers: Benton, Crowley, Beacon, Morris (C), Gasiewski, Shiels, Corry, Moss, K.Walker, Carter, Burke

Subs used: Yonwin, Fagg, Hughes

Subs not used: Brown, White

Luke Holmes

Match Report: Lichfield City 2-4 Paget Rangers

The Bears almost suffer an embarrassing defeat in the Cathedral city.

Paget Rangers struggled to come from behind to take advantage of a Lichfield City side that had a player sent off midway through the second half.

A late revival from the Bears wasn’t enough to reduce the deficit, despite playing against 10 and then nine men.

It was an action packed opening 10 minutes as both Lichfield and Paget had chances to open the scoring, there were even justified calls for handball as the hosts defended a Wee Gers corner.

Only a minute later Lichfield’s James Taylor was played through on goal, only to arrogantly try and chip Josh Benton in the Paget goal but his effort went too high and struck the crossbar.

Paget had their own great chance five minutes later following some great link-up play between David Yonwin and Ryan Walker, but the latter sent his effort wide.

Just after the 20 minute mark the hosts took the lead when Taylor found the bottom corner. It was very much one of those ‘first team to score’ games, and unfortunately for the Bears it was advantage Lichfield.

It was an almost immediate response from the Wee Gers when Luke Holmes rounded Steve Hayles on the byline despite being held back by the City left-back, frustratingly the linesman then ruled the ball had crossed the byline.

Both Nathan Corry and Curtis Shields had attempts on the Lichfield goal before the half hour mark, but neither could find the much needed equaliser.

An excellent pass from Holmes could have a set up a great chance for Ryan Walker, but the Lichfield captain Dan McLeod managed to intercept. It was a crucial interception as only a minute later the home side would be handed the perfect chance to double their lead.

A great block from Luke Hennessey was bizarrely judged to be a handball when the defender slid in to block the ball with his arms by his side. Drew Aiton stepped up and sent the ball into the top corner, Paget goalkeeper Josh Benton did well to get a hand to it but the shot was just out of reach.

David Yonwin and Walker both had great chances to pull one back before the break, but the score remained 2-0 to the home side.

David Yonwin
David Yonwin

After the break Paget were barely able to get up and running before Max Black scored Lichfield’s third of the game. 10 minutes later it went from bad to worse when Toumani Sidibe went down in the Paget box, the ref pointed to the spot and Sidibe stepped up to make it 4-0 to the hosts.

With around 30 minutes left and a four goal lead the hosts naturally relaxed allowing Paget to get back into the game, and in the 27th minute Walker pulled one back after heading in from a corner.

Less than a minute later and Walker was played through only to be taken down by Adam Robinson, free-kick given, red card shown, and the perfect chance for Paget to really shake things up. Tragically Dean Morris’ free-kick would hit the bar.

As time went on a heroic comeback looked less likely, but the drama didn’t stop. With just a few minutes left on the clock Lichfield substitute Alex Keating launched a two-footed tackle on Morris and was unsurprisingly shown a red..

Only a minute late Paget’s own substitute Paul Hughes headed in to make the score a more respectable 4-2.

Lichfield, sensing the danger that they could very much concede two goals in the remaining minutes, with only nine men left on the field, tightened up and successfully saw the game out.

Match Details

Lichfield City: Jenkins, Devall, Hayles, Robinson, McLeod (C), Black, Shepard, Juxon, Taylor, Aiton, Sidibe

Subs used: Heartshorne, Keating

Subs not used: Forde, Wright, Jackson

Paget Rangers: Benton, Holmes, Astley, Morris (C), Hennessy, Brown, Shiels, Moss, Yonwin, Walker, Corry

Subs used: Fagg, Hughes, Carter

Subs not used: Beacon, Burke

Match Report: Chelmsley Town 0-1 Paget Rangers

Paget Triumph At Chelmsley Town

Paget Rangers triumphed by one goal to nil over a determined Chelmsley Town at Pack Meadow.

The Bears made four changes to the side beaten by Uttoxeter Town, with Ryan Walker and Troy Wallen making their debuts in place of Dave Yonwin and Billy Fagg, Anton Astley replacing the injured Craig Evans and Myles Brown in place of Nathan Corry.

The first half was a very cagey affair with it apparent that neither side wanted to lose this local derby fixture. Chelmsley potentially edged the first 45 with the majority of the attacking play, however Paget were comfortable in possession without really creating any clear cut chances.

In the second half Paget started the brighter and were duly rewarded in the 53rd minute when Ryan Walker was played through and slotted the ball past Kelly in the Chelmsley goal.

Jason Lanns then brought on Billy Fagg and Dave Yonwin and it was the former who spurned several glorious chances to extend the Bears lead. First Fagg shot over when presented with an almost open goal, before a subsequent effort was smashed against the cross bar. Then Fagg had another chance, the ball fizzing to him off a deflection and narrowly being placed wide.

Paget’s profligacy in front of goal could have cost them when Chelmsley created their best chance of the game. Dominic Oliver receiving the ball on the edge of the penalty area and unleashing a fierce drive that clipped the Bears crossbar with Benton beaten.

Paget then had one more chance to seal the points, Dave Yonwin’s dipping effort flashing narrowly wide of the post.

Chelmlsey tried to pile on the pressure, but the Bears’ rear-guard held firm to wrap up another vital three points at the start of the season.

Paget Team: Benton, Holmes, Byrne, Morris (C), Astley, Hennessy, Shiels, Moss, R.Walker, Wallen, Brown

Subs Used: Fagg, Yonwin, Corry

Subs Not Used: Hughes, Beacon

Paget Goal: Walker (53)

Attendance: 55

Players Against Uttoxeter

Match Report: Paget Rangers 1-4 Uttoxeter Town

Disastrous second game for Paget Rangers as they return to Coles Lane

It was a nightmare return to the Central Ground at Coles for Paget Rangers as Uttoxeter Town left with all three points.

An early lead, and three more goals from Uttoxeter buried a Paget side that saw their captain go off injured and their left back sent off.

Uttoxeter took the lead early on when John Atherton made a bursting run through the Paget defence to set up James Curley. The early goal shook Paget, and the Bears struggled to get into a rhythm.

In the 19th minute the hosts were unlucky not to get an equaliser as Dave Yonwin was denied by the Uttoxeter goalkeeper.

It went from bad to worse for the Wee Gers, just after 20 minutes captain Craig Evans pulled up injured allowing Ollie Ritchie a great chance to double the lead, luckily for Paget Ritchie hit the post. The moment was bizarrely described as a “defensive howler” by Switch Sport despite Evans quite clearly being injured – the Bears’ captain would soon be substituted due to the injury.

With Paget now disrupted by the absencency of their captain the Bears struggled further to get into a flow, the visitors took advantage with less than 10 minutes of the half as Atherton slotted the ball home to take Town’s tally to two.

As half-time approached Paget would just need to keep the score as it is and regroup at the break, but the Bears would face further disruption when Taylor Byrne received a red card following a tackle on Uttoxeter’s Jack Holley. Whilst Byrne got the ball the referee deemed the tackle a red card offence.

Just over 10 minutes had been played in the second half and Paget had found themselves down by four goals thanks to a second half brace from Atherton, who scored in the 55th and 58th minute.

The Bears would have the best chances as the game went on, and in the 70th minute Yonwin pulled one back for Paget. Six minutes later substitute Myles Phipps was unfortunate not to get Paget’s second, and if he had done with around 15 minutes left the Bears could have pulled it back.

Team Celebrates Goal

Match Report: Leicester Road 0-1 Paget Rangers

Myles Phipps strike the difference as the Bears take all three points.

Paget Rangers got off to a terrific start as they began their second season in the Total Motion Midland Football Division One.

Substitute Myles Phipps scored lated on to give the Bears all three points at Leicester Road Stadium in a close opening game.

The home side started well, but failed to take advantage of their early dominance and were even at risk of conceding when Billy Fagg found Luke Holmes with just eight minutes gone. Fortunately for the home side the Paget debutant was denied by Will Highland in the Leicester Road goal.

Leicester Road had their own great chance 14 minutes in but Nuno Gomes dragged the shot hopelessly wide, failing to trouble Josh Benton.

With 15 minutes of the half left Fagg controlled the ball in the box, flicking it over a Leicester Road defender before trying to chip the Leicester Road goalkeeper who was lucky to catch the ball.

The second half started slow, and at times felt like it was a pre-season friendly. The atmosphere reflected it at times, although two members of the Leicester Road fans attempted to try and get an atmosphere going. However two men and a drum does not an atmosphere make.

Phipps introduction into the game proved to be a masterstroke by manager Jason Lanns, the pacey forward immediately began to trouble the Leicester Road defence, and would eventually be their downfall.

With less than 10 minutes left Paget easily dismantled a Leicester Road attack and the Bears launched their own, resulting in Fagg sending a lofted ball to Phipps and it was brought down with ease before the forward tapped it behind the defender creating enough space to send the ball into the bottom corner with the defender left wondering what had happened.

An immediate response came from the Leicester Road ultras as they attempted to inspire the home side to a comeback, although their effort at inspiring Leicester Road was about as effective as the Leicester Road’s late attempts at finding an equaliser, which sent the Wee Gers home with all three points.

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Match Report: Paget Rangers 2-6 Heather St John’s

The Bears fall short at home to Heather.

Paget Rangers were left perplexed after leading twice only to leave the pitch empty handed with a four goal deficit.

The Bears would find out early on that Saturday’s opponents would be a difficult team to play against when Simeon Cobourne was played through in the fourth minute but the number 11 was met by Josh Benton. Seconds later Billy Fagg would win a free-kick on the right wing giving the Wee Gers their first chance on goal, however Bobby Moseley’s cross was headed away.

Minutes later Heather wasted an excellent chance to open the scoring when Rio Kousseba-Bakala failed to properly control a Michael Bloore clearance, allowing Shane Benjamin an opportunity to score, Benton arrived to recover and was very much out in no-man’s land but still managed to get in the way of Ben Minshull’s effort on goal.

As the game went on the visitors put the pressure on and Paget chances were few and far between, in the 15th minute a wildly optimistic long range shot from Moseley was perhaps the best chance so far for the Bears. However two minutes later Ross Dempster met Daniel Carter’s cross but the ball was too high for the Paget nine and it was headed over just inches from the line.
Just after 20 minute mark the away side showed how they difficult to play against they can be when an impressive passing move allowed Minshull another chance on goal, the shot aimed straight at Benton was an easy save for the Paget goalkeeper.

Paget were dealt a blow in the 23rd minute when Kousseba-Bakala was subbed for Mark Bennett after sustaining an injury. A minute later Lemaar Rhule attempted a long range shot on goal but it was wide of the mark.

Paget Celebrate Goal
Another display of excellent passing from Heather was nullified as Billy Fagg prevented the tricky Cobourne from taking possession of the ball.

With the 30 minute mark fast approaching there were calls from the Heather contingent for a penalty when Cobourne flopped down in the box, but the ref took no notice and the game continued.
Seconds later Cobourne would have another chance to trouble the Paget defence, this time Heather’s number 11 stayed on his feet and managed to get a shot away which was blocked landing in the path of Moseley. The Paget midfielder went on a surging run into opposition box before guiding the ball into the goal off the post.

The lead barely lasted a minute as Fagg bizarrely tripped Cobourne just inside the six yard box, this time the referee signalled a penalty. Frustratingly the ball was smashed into the net and the visitors equalised with an unstoppable penalty.

A promising Paget attack should have ended in a penalty for the home side. Mark Bennet’s long ball was brought down by Rhule on the left flank who the found Carter running into space before picking out Moseley, the cross was perfectly placed to allow the Paget midfielder to volley it towards goal but Moseley’s effort was met by the hand of Rudy Misambo and despite it being a clear handball both the referee and the linesman appeared to miss the infraction.

Seconds later Ross Dempster saw his shot blocked in what was frustrating couple of minutes for the Bears and as the half came to a close Carter, Dempster, Rhule and Dean Morris all had attempts on the Heather goal.

The Wee Gers were quick off the mark earning a corner within the first minute of the second half, and with the following attack Heather almost took the lead as Benton did well to get down to Minshull’s shot.

Three minutes later Paget took the lead again, after Carter was fouled in the Paget half – Morris quickly took the free-kick finding Dempster on the left win the Paget striker then veered into the box before creating space to send the ball into the net with the help of a small deflection.

Heather responded well and the equaliser looked imminent. Benton pulled off another fine save to deny Cobourne in the 13th minute before Minshull saw his shot blocked.
However the Leicestershire side didn’t have to wait long for another golden opportunity to draw level when Cobourne again went down in the box, this time the referee awarded a penalty which was again converted by Cobourne.

The game went from bad to worse as the Saints took the lead for the first time in the 25th minute when Boore found the net, and 10 minutes later doubled the lead through Fraser Doyle. Boore made it 5-2 only four minutes later, before a penalty converted by Cobourne with three minutes left on the clock made it 6-2 to the away side.

Saturday’s match was sponsored by Stibbs Haulage.

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Match Report: Paget Rangers 1-4 Ilkeston Town

Zach Brown grabs a late consolation goal for Paget Rangers in disappointing defeat to title chasers.

Paget Rangers crashed down to earth after a 7-2 win away to Pershore Town with a home defeat to second place Ilkeston Town on Easter Monday.

The Bears got off to a terrible start conceding in only the second minute when Malachi Lavelle-Moore unleashed an unstoppable volley at the Paget goal.

Moments later Jack Gibson intercepted a poor pass from the Ilkeston goalkeeper, attempting a long chip that went wide. Ross Dempster also had chances early on, and the game may have played out differently if the Wee Gers had managed to grab that early equaliser, instead the early lead allowed the visitors to play with less pressure which suited them well.

Following an offside goal from Lavelle-Moore and another chance denied by the head of Dean Morris, Ilkeston finally doubled their lead with the less than 10 minutes until half-time when Ben Fairclough headed in a cross from Bill Bennett.

The Wee Gers would concede again on the cusp of half-time when Fairclough found the net for the second time.

In the opening exchanges of the second half both Dempster and Gibson had chances as the duo forced the Town goalkeeper to make a double save. Just three minutes later Lavelle-Moore headed in to increase the visitors’ lead to four.

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Paget Rangers 3-0 Bolehall Swifts

The Bears eased to a 3-0 win over struggling Bolehall Swifts, in front of a crowd full of former Paget stars.

Paget had two chances to get ahead in the opening minutes earning a corner in the first minute and then winning a free kick in the second, the latter taken by McCauley Manning who’s effort caused carnage in the box as the Swifts goalkeeper fumbled the ball.

Further chances from Zach Brown and Bobby Moseley sandwiched Bolehall’s own dead-ball opportunities. However neither side could open the scoring.

The Wee Gers finally broke the deadlock after Bolehall managed to resist multiple Paget attempts on goal until Moseley’s shot was blocked into the path of Lemaar Rhule who fired the ball into the net.

Just two minutes later Swifts’ left-back Aaron O’Neill broke away but failed to level the score as he dragged his shot wide.

Paget barely got out of second gear in the second half and a better team could have punished them for it.

It looked like the score would remain 1-0 until the last 10 minutes of the game. Starting with Josh Benton the ball was passed up the pitch with effortlessness ending up at the feet of Manning, who found Billy Fagg in space. Megging Bolehall centre-back Reece Beacon to create room, Fagg then unleashed a low shot that Lee Paintain failed to reach doubling the score.

Minutes later Ross Dempster headed in Luke Bradley’s cross to give the Bears a cool three nil win.

Match Report: Paget Rangers 2-1 Studley

Paget overcame a strong Studley side to fire themselves into the FA Cup qualification places, in a rare Monday night MFL match.

The Bears initially started well, however Studley quickly began to dominate the opening proceedings and in just the fifth minute the Bees would have thought themselves unlucky not to have drawn first blood when a long range shot from Luke English was deflected onto the crossbar.

Despite a series of set pieces within the first eight minutes the Bees couldn’t sting the Bears, but it looked like it was going to be a long night for the home side.

After another failed corner from the visitors resulted in a goal kick Josh Benton played the ball short to Luke Bradley, the Paget left-back sent a long ball into the path of Ryan Conlon who found Ross Dempster with a low cross. Dempster guided the ball coolly into the bottom corner giving Paget an early lead.

Studley began to pressure Paget again but didn’t look as threatening as they did before Dempster opened the scoring. Meanwhile Lemaar Rhule and Conlon had good opportunities to extend Paget’s lead.

In the 37th minute promising passing play resulted in a Bradley cross going straight across the box untouched and before the break Rhule produced a fantastic bit of footwork before sending the ball over and an opportunity for Matthias Blake came after a dangerous Paget break.

Whilst Studley looked dangerous before the Paget goal, by the end of the half there wasn’t a lot between the two teams and it was still all to play for in the second half.

Expectedly the visitors came out strong, no doubt hoping for an early equaliser. However it was Paget that had the best chance to score early on when Dean Morris’ shot was spilled by Ryan Young, but the Studley goalkeeper was able to sweep up the ball before Conlon could pounce.

With less than 13 minutes of the second half played, the Studley contingent wouldn’t have been foolish to believe they were on the verge of an equaliser when Jake Healy’s lofted ball landed perfectly into the path of Chris Cowley but Josh Benton was quick to react preventing the Bees from drawing level.

The game delved into an end-to-end affair, after the Bears halted a Studley attack Rhule’s quick feet allowed him to find Billy Fagg on the right, the Paget right-back then sent the ball down the line to Conlon. The Paget striker found his way to by-line where he pulled the ball back to Dempster, and the Paget number nine sent his shot over the keeper to double the score.

Studley finally responded with 10 minutes left on the clock with a Healy tap-in halving the score. The goal rejuvenated the visitors and they were jubilant again six minutes later when Healy found the net again, but to Paget’s relief the linesman held his flag up.

Deep into injury time the Bears thought they were about to confirm their three points with a goal when Jack Gibson was played through, but the Paget substitute was fouled impeding his run and allowing the Studley goalkeeper the chance to meet the forward and prevent a third for the Wee Gers.

Minutes later the free-kick was finally taken and sent over the bar by Morris, the resulting goal kick won by Paget meant the Bees wouldn’t have a chance for one last go at the Paget goal.

Match Report: Paget Rangers 3-0 Stafford Town

The Bears comfortably disposed of Stafford Town in a 3-0 win on a sunny Saturday in Boldmere.

Paget got off to a roaring start as Dean Morris sent the ball flying across the goal and into the net inside the second minute.

Despite the early lead Paget remained on top, and were rarely troubled by Stafford who struggled to muster an effective attack. In the 19th minute a Town corner was sent straight into the hands of Josh Benton, which pretty much summed up the attacking prowess of the visitors.

Both Bobby Moseley and Ross Dempster had chances to double the Wee Gers’ lead, and a long ball to Daniel Carter ended with a Stafford defender pushing the Paget attacker, but calls for a penalty were dismissed.

Minutes later Paget would get their revenge, Dean Crowley won the ball on the left wing before handing off possession to Billy Fagg. The Paget midfielder sent the ball into the patch of Craig Gasiewski who was barrelling down the left flank, his cross aiming for Carter hit the post but luckily the Paget striker picked up the loose ball chipping it to Dempster. The Bears’ no.9 played the ball to Fagg who sent it past the hapless Stafford goalkeeper.
Stafford ended the half with more fruitless attempts on the Paget goal, but were unable to undo the Bears’ two goal lead.

The opening minutes of the second half saw Town attack with purpose, but again lacked an end product, and were punished with less than 10 minutes played.

After nullifying a Paget counter attack Stafford sent an easily intercepted pass into the path of Fagg, his forward pass easily finding Carter who saw his effort saved, but to the dismay of Stafford the rebound was placed into the goal by Dempster.

At 3-0 the game was won with more than half-an-hour left on the clock, whilst Stafford managed to keep the deficit at three goals they struggled to get a consolation goal.

Match Report: Paget Rangers 2-2 Heath Hayes

Dramatic Draw Sees Paget Secure Point

A frantic end to a close encounter between Paget Rangers and Heath Hayes meant both teams walked away with a point.

Heath Hayes arrived at the Trevor Brown Memorial Ground with one aim, to cause trouble, and so they did. Early on they forced Josh Benton to prove his worth when Jack Weldon’s shot was met with an excellent save from the Bears’ number one!

The Bears responded with a counter attach which ended with Daniel Carter sending the ball wide. It didn’t take long for the visitors to test the Paget defence again, Weldon this time trying to unsuccessfully chip Benton.

Both teams took turns to attack, and it was the Hayes that arguably had the better chances but the Staffordshire side wasted them all.

In the 17th minute the away fans thought they were about to witness Heath Hayes open the scoring as a defensive error allowed Connor Haddaway to go through on goal, again Benton produced a fantastic save to keep the score level.

With the knowledge that they had just experienced a narrow escape the Wee Gers countered, but Luke Bradley’s cross could not be met by Zach Brown. Moments later a bit of magic from Billy Fagg allowed the Paget midfielder to slip Carter through but DC sent his shot just wide.

As half-time loomed the Hayes had another great chance as Regan Smith hit the post, and Paget thought they’d escaped again. Only minutes later Benton saved another Heath Hayes attempt, but this time James McGeady was there to knock the rebound in.

The second half saw an improved performance from the home side, but Heath Hayes remained resilient to the Bears attempts at penetrating their defence. As the games ticked on the Hayes wasted countless chances to put an equaliser out of reach, as the Wee Gers struggled to find the net.

It looked like the Bears were never going to draw level, however as the game entered the final 10 minutes great link up play between Lemaar Rhule, Ross Dempster and Carter saw the ball reach Matthias Blake who volleyed it past the Mark Wiggins at near near post.
Both teams looked rejuvenated after the Paget equaliser and the next goal could have been scored by anybody, but with just minutes left of regular play Smith headed in what ought to have been the winner.

Paget didn’t give up and a minute into stoppage time Bradley had earned a throw in on the left side, he launched it into the box and it was headed away only as far as Rhule who volleyed it into the bottom corner.

At kick off the Hayes’ Smith sent the ball hurtling toward the Paget goal but couldn’t trouble Benton. The game wasn’t over and Paget were determined to find the winner. After their last attack failed Heath Hayes countered but McGeady sent his shot over and at that, the ref called full-time.

Match Report: Paget Rangers 5-0 Coventry Alvis

The Bears hammer another nail in Alvis’ coffin.

Paget Rangers returned to winning ways by thrashing a doomed Coventry Alvis side.
The home side started strongly and could have opened the scoring sooner than they did, but the crowd at the Trevor Brown Memorial Ground would only have to wait until the 14th minute for the first goal of the game.

An over the top ball to Ross Dempster was poorly defended by the Alvis goalkeeper, allowing the ball to fall to Daniel Carter who sent the ball straight into the open goal.
Minutes later Lemaar Rhule was denied by a great save, before a corner saw Rhule denied again and Rio Kousseba-Bakala’s header go just wide. Alvis were just about clinging on.
In the 23rd minute the Bears found the net again, Dempster latching on to another effective long ball before picking out Carter who simply had to guide Dempster’s cross into the net.
Coventry rarely troubled Paget and Josh Benton was left with little to do other than the odd corner, the frustrations from the Alvis players evidently reached boiling point when Nathan McGarrity launched into a two footed challenge to dispossess Luke Bradley on the halfway line. The Paget winger was lucky to walk away unscathed and McGarrity was duly shown the red card despite hopeful protests from some parts of the Alvis contingent.

Clearly annoyed at the progress of the game and the recent sending off one deluded Alvis follower called for a penalty with half-time approaching, after an Alvis attack ended in their player falling to the ground.

Paget took their revenge for the horror tackle the fair way when Carter converted another cross a minute into stoppage time.

The Wee Gers returned to the pitch to face a 10-men Coventry side determined to frustrate the Bears, and prevent an embarrassing score line. For most of the match they were successful and may have pulled one back in the 65th minute when Fahmi Sayie found himself in a great position.

No one in the crowd would have been surprised when the Coventry substitute fired the ball over the netting behind the goal and into the car park of the Trevor Brown Memorial Ground. The missed chance showing why the visitors sit bottom with only 10 points on the board.

Paget substitute Zach Brown started to cause trouble for the Coventry defence, but it was Dempster that found the net beating the hapless Alvis goalkeeper from close range.

Rounding off the scoring five minutes later was Bobby Mosely in spectacular fashion. Billy Fagg picked up possession in the Paget half after poor passing play from Alvis, venturing into the Coventry half to send the ball out wide to Kousseba-Bakala. Paget’s wandering defender crossed the ball into Rhule who laid the ball out perfectly for Moseley, the Paget midfielder then sent the ball flying into the top corner with ease.