Chairman’s Chatter – Atherstone Town

Read the latest Chairman's Chatter from the Atherstone Town programme.

Good afternoon and welcome to the Trevor Brown Memorial Ground for today’s Total Motion Midland Football League 1st Division fixture against Atherstone Town. I would like to extend a warm Paget welcome to the players, officials and supporters of Atherstone who have made the journey to be here today.

Today’s game marks our final home league game of the season and our final home game as tenants at Boldmere St. Michaels. It only seems fair that I should thank our landlords for giving us a home for the past five years and in particular Parso, Statto, Pauline and Rory who have all made us feel welcome during our time here. The Trevor Brown Memorial Ground will always have fond memories for Paget. In our time here we have won promotion twice and we have won two cup competitions and hopefully we can make that a third cup, when we face Boldmere St. Michaels here on Monday May 7th (KO 2pm) in the final of the Sutton Coldfield Charity Cup. The time is right for us to move on and to continue our progression and we are all looking forward to kicking off next season at Sutton Coldfield Town’s Coles Lane ground.

I think it’s fair to say that whatever happens over the remaining three league games, we will be able to look back on this season as one of success. Following our promotion last season, we were many ‘experts’ tips to be relegated. Despite having no playing budget whatsoever, not even to cover players travelling expenses, we have more than held our own, spending the vast majority of the season in the top half of the division and we have given ourselves a solid platform to build from next season.

Every season is a learning curve and this one has been just that. The difference both on and off the pitch between step 7 and step 6 football is massive and it is great to see that we have established solid foundations now at this level which will hopefully bode well for Paget’s future.

I must take this opportunity to thank all the players, management, coaches, staff and volunteers, as well as our supporters for their help and assistance, commitment and endeavour throughout the 2017/18 season. The progression we have made in the last five or so seasons is remarkable and you have all played an integral role in getting us to where we are now.

The season may be drawing to a close but the hard work starts now. There are players to be signed, sponsors to be secured, new kit to be ordered and new relationships to build as we look to continue our trend of finishing in a higher league position with each passing season.

Keep your eyes open throughout the summer as we hope to make several significant announcements that could push ‘little old Paget’ onto the next level.

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Tea with Tannoy Tom – Atherstone Town

Hello and welcome to the Trevor Brown Memorial Ground for the final home game of the 2017/18 season and the final home league game here for Paget, as we are moving very shortly to Coles Lane. I’d also like to welcome Kev and Dom, the new Paget reporter for Switch Sport to today’s game.

April is a time for change, and with the end of the season fast      approaching, everything seems to change very quickly indeed! Trophies are contested, league positions are decided, and whilst it’s entertainment for the truly neutral football fan (is there such a thing?), it can be nervy at the business end. I still have flashbacks to our final home game of last season (2016/17) and the agonising hour that Paget had to hold on to their lead against Coton Green to be sure of securing promotion to MFL Division One… it’s one of a host of memories from our time at the Trevor Brown: in fact, one of the earliest memories was from 5 years ago, and the infamous AFA Senior Cup final against Athletic Sparkhill which finished 6-5 to Paget… yes, you’ve read that right!

Sadly, it doesn’t look like Paget are about to have a similar fairy tale ending to this season: because of the poor weather earlier in the season, particularly this calendar year, a lot of teams still have to play a fair few games and inevitably, they will catch up with Paget and one team will take the coveted 8th place and a potential place in the FA Cup (OK, the preliminary stage, but all the same…) Still, we can look on a successful first season in the very tough Total Motion MFL One.

Still, we do have a big test this afternoon against Atherstone Town: earlier in the season, Paget gained a creditable draw against the currently top 5 side, and a similar result would be fantastic. If we could also take points off Littleton and Walsall Wood, then that would be even better and put icing on a very nice cake.

The lads have more than held their weight in competitive games against some of the very best teams in the division, put in some great performances, and, crucially, picked up a good number of wins. Considering that we are one of 4 teams who don’t pay players, a top half finish would be amazing. No matter what, hats off to the lads- all the players have played their part, no pun intended- and the management and staff led by Lanzi have been great too. This sets Paget in good stead for next season, as this outcome shows that we can survive in the division- and thrive!

Paget have played at the Trevor Brown for 5 seasons, and I’d like to thank everybody at Boldmere, especially Statto, for their help on matchdays, and Pauline for her catering: a daily supply for hot chocolate and cheese burgers has made Tannoy Tom a happy, if fatter, boy! It’s much appreciated ? As I said, we leave with so many good memories, and I’m sure that we’ll be back at the Trevor Brown for more games in the near future.

For more thank yous, thank you to everybody that’s supported Paget this season and come to watch our games; thank you to the players, management and fans for lots of entertainment and thank you to the Chairman for putting up with me and letting me Tannoy as only I can.

 

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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.

Paget Celebrate Goal

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.

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Match Postponed

Today’s match away to Littleton has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

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Match Report: Paget Rangers 2-6 Hinckley AFC

Nightmare Night for Paget

It was a disastrous evening for Paget Rangers as Hinckley took all three points under the lights.

The visitors got off to a blistering start opening the scoring within the first minute through a powerful shot from Steve Hart. Just over ten minutes later Hinckley struck again, this time Luke Richards was the man in the right place at the right time.

It would be foolish to say the early goals didn’t upset the Paget rhythm and they struggled to properly get going in the first half, but with half time looming the Wee Gers were putting the pressure on. In the dying minutes of the first half it looked like Daniel Carter could have a clear chance at goal, if it wasn’t for the Hinckley defender holding him back.

The incident wasn’t spotted by the referee or the linesman and the former Leicester Road side went into the break with their two goal lead intact.

Paget came out all guns blazing and were lucky not to reduce the deficit in the first five minutes as Ross Dempster had an attempt on goal. Hinckley countered and made it three as Hart bagged his second.

Undeterred by the score line the Bears continued to attack as the visitors sat back and in the 11th minute Dempster was given another chance, which he duly took as he headed the ball in to reduce the deficit back to two.

Hinckley learned their lesson and went for the fourth having immediate success with Hart completing his hat trick after a questionable free kick was awarded.

The Wee Gers picked themselves up again, but were knocked back down when the referee awarded a dubious penalty in the 72nd minute. Hart stepped up and fired in Hinckley’s fifth.

Paget continued to go for goal and substitute Jack Gibson turned his man and sent the shot sailing past the Hinckley goalkeeper, minutes later Hart found the net once more giving Hinckley their sixth of the night.

Match Preview: Paget Rangers vs Hinckley AFC

On Tuesday we welcome Hinckley AFC, a side Paget faced early in the season when the Bears, playing the majority of the game with ten men, succumbed to a 3-1 defeat at St. John’s Park. Since then much has changed for the visitors.

First manager Carl Abbott left to join Market Drayton (now at Quorn) and was replaced by non-league legend Dale Belford in the managerial hot-seat. Belford’s reign was short-lived however and Hinckley visit Church Road with Richard Lavery fulfilling a player/interim manager’s role.

Hinckley will be looking forward to getting back to some playing action at last this coming Tuesday, as other than a 5-0 FA Vase defeat at favourites Marske United, Hinckley haven’t played a game since Boxing Day. This however has allowed interim manager Lavery, to make a host of new signings ahead of the fixture against the Bears, meaning we are facing somewhat of an unknown quantity.

Hinckley currently sit proudly in the reformed Paget Rangers’ record books, courtesy of recording our highest attendance, 311, when they visited Church Road last season in an FA Vase 2nd Round proper clash, which Hinckley ultimately won 4-1.

As has been the case since their formation, Hinckley are again challenging at the top end of the Midland Football League 1st Division and come into this encounter in 8th position with 42 points from their 21 games so far. Paget are on a good run of form, winning 5 of their last 6 league games and currently sit 11th with 37 points from their 26 games.

Hinckley AFC- Recent Results:
25/11/17 – Brocton 1-2 Hinckley AFC (MFL 1)
02/12/17 – Hinckley AFC 3-1 Deeping Rangers (FA Vase)
09/12/17 – Nuneaton Griff 1-2 Hinckley AFC (MFL 1)
23/12/17 – Lichfield City 2-2 Hinckley AFC (MFL 1)
26/12/17 – Hinckley AFC 3-4 Heather St. Johns (MFL 1)
13/01/18 – Marske United 5-0 Hinckley AFC (FA Vase)

We’ve Met Before:
13/11/16 – Paget Rangers 1-4 Hinckley AFC (FA Vase) Attendance 311
26/08/17 – Hinckley AFC 3-1 Paget Rangers (MFL 1) Attendance 174

The match is therefore shaping up to be a ‘must see’ event as the Bears look to get one over one of the top sides in the Division.

Admission to spectators is priced at £5 Adults, £3 concessions and FREE for under 16s. Paget’s 40-page programme ‘The Bear Necessities’ will be on sale for £1 and the Kitchen and Bar will be open throughout.

Paget Rangers vs Hinckley AFC (MFL 1st Division) – Tuesday 30th January 2018, kick off 7:30pm.

Bobby Moseley

Lichfield City 1-2 Paget Rangers

Paget Rangers resisted a persistent Lichfield City to take home all three points on a gloomy day in the Mercian cathedral city.

The Bears got off to a great start, taking the lead just three minutes into the game when new signing Bobby Moseley picked up the ball, and went on a surging run before unleashing a powerful low shot sending the ball straight into the back of the net.

Lichfield had a great chance to equalise within seconds of Paget taking the lead when a corner fell to Anthony Juxon, who fired the ball straight at Josh Benton.

Ten minutes later Paget thought they were about to double their lead when Ross Dempster headed Rio Kousseba-Bakala’s cross onto the bar. Just minutes later Dempster found himself in a Paget counter attack and went for goal after spotting the goalkeeper off his line, alas his shot went wide.

The home side began to take control of the game, but posed no real threat to the Paget goal and it was the Wee Gers who continued to look threatening in front of goal. A great run from Luke Bradley ended with the winger hitting the ball across the goal to the disappointment of the travelling Paget faithful.

With 25 minutes played Lichfield were handed an excellent chance to equalise, as Craig Evans went for the ball on the edge of the box City’s Chris Hanna leapt through the air imitating a salmon swimming upstream and was duly awarded a free kick. However Drew Aiton sent the ball flying into the crossbar, instead of the net, leaving Benton unperturbed.

Frustrated with their lack of progress in front of Paget’s goal Lichfield midfielder Daniel Thurstance appeared to act out a scene from a Bruce Lee film, as he tried to tackle Billy Fagg with two feet in the middle of the park, only for Paget’s midfield maestro to weave around him. The attempted tackle was described as ‘cynical’ by Paget fan Kevin Horton.

As the first half came to a close the Danny Carter and Dempster both had attempts at goal, and on both occasions were unsuccessful and Paget went into the break with only a one goal lead.

Lichfield started the second half well and had some promising chances in the early exchanges which were well weathered by the Bears, who responded well. Mark Williams glided through the Lichfield defence, finding Carter who sent a cross into the path of Dempster’s head, however the Paget number nine couldn’t find the right angle and the home side were let off.

Only a minute had passed before Lichfield wasted yet another great chance as Aiton sent a free volley spectacularly wide. It was a chance Lichfield really should have converted as the resulting goal kick ended with Luke Bradley being dragged down by Aaron Dillon.

Dean Morris stepped up, looked at the top corner, took aim, and then fired the ball past the hapless Lichfield goalkeeper to give the Bears a two goal lead.

Lichfield turned it up a notch and it paid off with almost 15 minutes to go as Jordan Hunton grabbed a goal back.

It was a nervy end to the game as Paget went from eyeing a third to game management, but the Bears managed to fend off Lichfield to take home all three points.

 

Match Preview: Lichfield City vs Paget Rangers

The Bears travel to 10th placed Lichfield City for a league clash on Saturday 27th January (KO 3pm).

In terms of current form Lichfield’s last 6 games in all competitions have produced 3 wins, 1 draw and 2 defeats. Lichfield’s three victories include a 3-1 win over Pershore Town in their previous outing, a 3-2 win away at high-flying Studley and a 1-0 success on Boxing Day at Nuneaton Griff. Lichfield’s two defeats came in a league fixture at home to leaders Walsall Wood (1-5) and away at Hednesford Town (0-5) in the Staffordshire Senior Cup, meanwhile the one draw was a high scoring affair (2-2) at home to Hinckley AFC.

Paget’s current form shows from the least 6 games, 5 wins for the Bears and one defeat. The Bears 5 victories were against; Chelmsley Town (2-0), Cadbury Athletic (4-0), Stafford Town (4-1), Tividale (1-0) and Coventry Alvis (2-0), meanwhile the only defeat was the last minute heartbreak against league leaders Walsall Wood (2-3).

In terms of Lichfield’s hot-shots, Daniel Griffiths is leading the way in the goalscoring charts with 14 goals to his name so far this season, whilst there will be a familiar face for Bears supporters in the opposition line up in for Paget midfielder Tom Howard who has featured in 30 of Lichfield’s 32 games so far this season. Paget have boasted a mean defence in recent games with 5 clean sheets from the Bears last 8 outings, however the last meeting between the two sides, earlier this season, ended in a 3-3 draw.

The two sides met a Chruch Road earlier in the season in MFL Division 1 action with the contest ending in a 3-3 draw. Lichfield took a two goal lead through Tom Green and Daniel Griffiths, before Daniel Carter reduced the arrears for the Bears before half time. Lichfield restored their two goal advantage in the 73rd minute through Griffiths, before a stunning strike from Kurt White and a Daniel Carter leveller gave Paget a share of the spoils in front of a crowd of 83 spectators. Lichfield currently sit in 10th position in the MFL 1st Division with 39 points from their 24 league games, whilst the Bears sit in 11th with 34 points from 25 games.

Lichfield play at The City Ground, Brownsfield Road (off Eastern Avenue), Lichfield, Staffordshire, WS13 6AY

Match Report: Coventry Alvis 0-2 Paget Rangers

he Bears secure a comfortable victory on the road against basement side Alvis

Paget Rangers continued their recent good form with a dominant display at Coventry Alvis.

On a heavy pitch in pouring rain, the Bears attacked from the off but found debutant Alvis keeper Scott Dutton in fine form. First Carter saw a cross shot from out the left hand side go narrowly wide of the post before neat intricate play found Carter inside the box only to see his shot smothered by the goalkeeper. Moments later Dempster’s effort was well saved at the expense of a corner, which was easily defended by Alvis. Paget continued to attack and a rasping drive from Dempster on 12 minutes was parried into Carter’s path by Dutton. Carter finished well, only to see his effort ruled out for offside. Paget continued to probe forward and finally broke the deadlock in the 28th minute Carter receiving the ball in the area from Matthias Blake’s pass, before turning left and right, deceiving two defenders and firing the ball into the top corner.

The second half followed the pattern of the first with Paget dominating throughout. The Bears doubled their lead in the 65th minute. A corner was taken short by Dean Morris to Bobby Moseley who fizzed a left footed cross across the box to Ross Dempster, who megged Dutton in the Alvis goal to put Paget 2-0 up. Paget continued to attack and look for further goals and Luke Bradley was unfortunate to see his effort go wide.

Alvis were handed a life line in the closing stages of the game when Dean Morris gave away a penalty. Josh Benton in the Paget goal was equal to Jacob Dodds’ penalty, saving the spot kick which was ultimately cleared to preserve the Bears clean sheet and another valuable three points.

Paget Rangers 1-0 Tividale

Fortune Favours Paget

Paget Rangers battled hard against a strong Tividale side to progress into the quarter-finals of the JW Hunt Cup, on a bitter Tuesday night in Sutton Coldfield.

The Bears welcomed a high-flying Tividale to the Trevor Brown Memorial Ground and the visitors’ prowess showed as they dominated the opening minutes.

Paget’s Rioual Kousseba-Bakala impressed as Tividale threw themselves forward in an attempt to take the lead early on. In the 20th minute Dimitri Brown dispossessed Paget captain Craig Evans, but his shot slammed off the crossbar and Curtis Cocking’s rebound couldn’t beat Josh Benton.

Paget were not without their own chances and a promising attack in the 28th minute ended with Donnell Benjamin dragging a shot wide, and five minutes later Fortune Simbanda tried his luck from range attempting to lob the Tividale keeper who got a hand to the shot.

Again Tividale wasted a golden opportunity as Brown picked up a stray ball with the first half coming to an end, his shot wasn’t good enough to beat Benton who remained a strong presence between the sticks.

Tividale started the second half in the same manner as the first, but it was Paget with the first good chance of the half; Ryan Conlon did well to receive a long ball on the edge of the box but he pulled his shot wide.

As the visitors struggled to break the Wee Gers down, the home side had another great chance to open the scoring when Billy Fagg megged a Tividale defender on the byline to send a low cross into the path of Tom Cullen, who saw his shot blocked.

In the 77th minute both sides had chances to take the lead within seconds of each other. Cullen fired a shot from range, but Luke Kriskins was able to save it with ease and launch a counter-attack that saw Smith force a great save from Benton.

Minutes later Benton was called into action again as he performed two pieces of outstanding goalkeeper pulling off a double save to deny Smith the opener.

Another Tividale attack followed, this time Craig Gasiewski blocked a cross and the Dale were given a corner, which was cleared to Fagg. Paget’s midfield maestro sent the ball down the left wing into the path of Sibanda who powered forward and sent the ball past Kriskins at the near post in the 81st minute to give the Bears the lead.

The Dale were relentless in an attempt to take the game to penalties forcing a point blank save as the clock was winding down, two minutes later in the 91st minute Tividale were awarded a free-kick in a great position, Paget’s luck continued as the shot hit the wall before being sent back into the box where Benton dived onto it to prevent another Tividale attempt at goal.

Benton’s heroics earned him ‘Man of the Match’, but a few moments after Tannoy Tom announced the accolade Smith was adjudged to have been brought down by Benton who had raced to the edge of his box to punch away a long ball.

To the delight of the travelling Tividale fans the referee pointed to the spot. With almost 50 minutes of the second half played Smith stepped up, and sent the ball into the path of Benton, who guessed correctly saving both the initial attempt and the rebound, before Dean Morris hacked the ball clear. Seconds later the referee blew the whistle and Paget’s fans breathed a sigh of relief as the game was finally won.

Match Report: Paget Rangers 2-3 Walsall Wood

Paget crashed to a last minute defeat against title favourites Walsall Wood

Paget Rangers suffered injury heartbreak as league leaders Walsall Wood scored at the death to snatch the three points in a game where Paget thoroughly deserved at least a share of the spoils.

Paget started the brighter, first seeing Gibson denied by McFarlane after Carter had centred from a run down the right, before on 7 minutes Mark Williams saw his shot go high and wide after the ball had rebounded to him following an unconvincing Walsall Wood clearance.

On 12 minutes the visitors had their first real chance of the game; a right-win run and cross by Lee Butler was cut out by the impressive Rioual Kousseba-Bakala in the Paget defence before Sam Agar could pounce.

On 24 minutes Lemaar Rhule found Daniel Carter who was crucially tackled by Hurren before Paget had the next chance, Billy Fagg and Carter combining well on the edge of the box before finding Jack Gibson who scuffed his shot wide under pressure.

Walsall Wood made the breakthrough on 33 minutes from a corner. Peter Till’s set piece was headed back across goal by Hurren to Jake Humphries, who’s header found the back of the net. The goal was given despite protests from Paget for a foul on Rhule in the build up.

Walsall Wood now had their tails up and on the 42nd minute a long ball by Mitch Tolley was flicked on by Lei Brown to Sam Agar. Agar’s cross from the right was turned behind for a corner by Luke Bradley with Jordan Fitzpatrick ready to pounce at the far post.

The first 45 ended with Paget searching for an equaliser; Billy Fagg’s cross flashing across the goal with the ball agonisingly out of reach for Lemaar Rhule.

In the second half Paget pushed on early looking for the elusive goal that their play deserved and they were finally rewarded for their endeavour in the 56th minute. Dean Morris dispatching a free-kick out of Lloyd Ransome’s reach and into the back of the net.

Walsall Wood now showed more attacking intent and Humphries was unfortunate to see his header glanced wide. Paget too continued to attack, not satisfied with settling for a point and Bakala saw a header narrowly wide before Williams had a shot charged down which ended up going high and over the bar.

Paget were playing on the counter and on 65 minutes a run down the left saw Bradley find Conlon with a cross, Conlon’s header narrowly missing the target. The match was now end-to-end stuff and on 79 minutes, Walsall Wood were awarded a free-kick on the edge of the box. Till’s free kick found Tolley at the far post, who headed back across goal to Agar who scored a powerful header into the roof of the net.

The Bears reply was almost instant. A long ball over the top by Bradley saw Carter outpace the Walsall Wood defence before slotting the ball under Lloyd Ransome in the Wood goal.

Paget continued to pour men forward looking for a win and on 88 minutes Zach Brown raced clear and with Conlon totally unmarked to his left chose to take on the shot himself, lashing the ball wide.

This miss was to prove extremely costly as deep into injury time, Mark Williams lost the ball on the edge of the Paget box and Walsall Wood substitute Tony Clarke unleashed a superb effort which found the top corner, to see Walsall Wood snatch the three points at the death.

Match Report: Paget Rangers 4-0 Cadbury Athletic

Paget served up a boxing day treat withresounding victory over Cadbury Athletic

Paget Rangers built on Friday night’s pleasing victory at Chelmsley Town with a totally dominate display against Cadbury Athletic on Boxing Day.

After seeing several early chances miss narrowly wide, or well saved by Stuart Parsons in the Cadbury goal, the Bears opened the scoring in the 26th minute. Ryan Conlon collected the ball in the penalty area and steered the ball into the bottom left corner to put the Bears ahead.

Six minutes before half time it was 2-0 to Paget. Daniel Carter exchanged a series of passes with Billy Fagg and the impressive Lemaar Rhule before unleashing a shot at goal which took a wicked deflection leaving Parsons wrong footed and putting the Bears two goals to the good.

Throughout the second half Paget had several chances to extend their lead, Conlon and Carter both seeing efforts saved and Fagg firing over when through on goal. Just as it seemed Cadbury may forge an unlikely comeback, Paget killed the game with their third goal. Craig Evans firing in a bullet header from a Dean Morris corner to make the score 3-0.

Two minutes from time Paget completed the scoring. Billy Fagg running at goal saw his shot deflected past Parsons to put Paget 4-0 up and to give the scoreline a more accurate feel considering the Bears dominance throughout the match.

Match Report: Chelmsley Town 0-2 Paget Rangers

Bears kick off hectic XMAS fixture list with victory over local rivals

It was the hosts who started the brighter, creating the first real chance with Ellis heading against the crossbar from a Kieran Fitzgerald free kick.

This let off seemed to wake up the Bears and Paget subsequently took the lead. Billy Fagg collected the ball in the middle of the pitch before driving forward and finding fellow midfielder, Lemaar Rhule. Rhule turned his marker and unleashed an unstoppable left footed drive which beat James Kelly at the near post to put Paget ahead.

Moments later, Chelmsley defender James Sawyer, brought down Fagg with a late tackle and was shown his second yellow card of the match, reducing the hosts to ten men before half time.

In the second half Paget looked to dominate possession and control the game, whilst being wary of the threat of Chelmsley’s counter attacks. The Bears got the second goal their dominance deserved in the 53rd minute. Luke Bradley outpaced full back Liam Norris down the left before whipping in a perfect cross to Ryan Conlon, who’s bullet header almost broke the net to put Paget 2-0 up.

The remainder of the game became a case of attack versus defence with Paget dominating proceedings but failing to add to the scoreline as the Bears returned to winning ways.

Match Report: Paget Rangers 1-0 Nuneaton Griff

Only one goal in it as the Bears overcome Nuneaton

Paget Rangers returned to winning ways with a 1-0 home win over struggling Nuneaton Griff.

The visitors started well, but wasted a number of chances early on. Nuneaton’s poor form in front of goal allowed the Bears to get a foot in the game.

A long range shot from Lemar Rhule was the start of a number of Paget chances including a good effort from Dean Morris.

Unlike the Griff the home side were able to find the net. Jack Gibbons brought down a lofted pass with his chest, moved towards goal and chipped the diving goalkeeper to give Paget the lead in the 25th minute. View the goal here.

Each side had a number of chances leading up to the break, as the Wee Gers hoped to extend their lead and Nuneaton looking for that crucial equaliser. By far the best chance came from the visitors as a good shot from Jack Colley forced Josh Benton to make a great save to keep the Bears in front.

Paget came out strong from the break looking to put the game to bed early on and they almost extended their lead in the 52nd minute as the Nuneaton goalkeeper came out to a charging Danny Carter, who chipped the ball over the hapless keeper but frustratingly the ball landed inches wide.

Further chances came and went for Paget, a promising cross from Rhule was followed by an excellent shot from Fortune Sibanda. Nuneaton would have to wait a while for their next good chance, a powerful shot from Dawel Smigelski in the 31st minute forced Benton to make another excellent save.

The game continued in a back and forth manner, with both teams hoping to score the second goal of the game. Which didn’t come in the end as Paget secured all three points.

Thanks to the win Paget sit in 11th place on 22 points, and travel to 16th place Bolehall Swifts on Saturday 25th November.