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)