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.