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.