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 firstname.lastname@example.org