Paget Rangers continued their unbeaten run with a 4-2 win over bottom of the league Continental Star, at Perry Barr based the Hub.
It was the home side that had the better start, and it was hard to believe they were a team rooted to the bottom of the table as Devante Sterling sent the ball into the bottom corner.
The home side managed to thwart an immediate response from the visitors, and they could have caused further damage 15 minutes into the game if it wasn’t for Josh McPherson stopping a promising counter attack with a great tackle.
Paget’s travelling faithful wouldn’t have to wait long for the equaliser as Gary Turner’s cross was headed in by Dempster at the far post. Within minutes Paget were in front, after half hour played Turner was impeded in the box after 20 minutes, Carter stepped up and sent the ball straight past the Continental keeper. It was only four minutes later that a huge roar from nearby Villa Park would indicate Jonathan Kodija putting Aston Villa 1-0 up.
The Bears should have been 3-1 up with 10 minutes of the first halt left, but Carter somehow sent Rico Taylor’s low cross over the bar from close range. The home side tried to search for an equaliser before half time, but the score remained 2-1 at the break.
Like the first half, Continental went in front early on when Josh Ogarro converted a free kick despite Paget’s Josh Benton getting a hand to the ball.
Again, it didn’t take long for the Wee Gers to respond with their own goal, with Dempster tapping the ball in from close range to put Paget back in front.
Both teams had chances, and whilst the home side didn’t look particularly threatening a fourth goal would have put the visitors at ease, meanwhile at Villa Park Kodija gave the Villans a two goal lead with 12 minutes on the clock there.
Paget’s away support, stood behind a temporary fence, would have to wait longer to see their team increase their lead to two goals, but with two minutes to go Carter volleyed the ball in at the back post to make the score 4-2 to promotion chasing Paget.
The home side had chances to reduce the score back to one, but were unable to do it in the short time left and the Bears won the game 4-2.
On Tuesday Paget hope to increase their unbeaten run to six games as they host Smithswood Firs at the Trevor Brown Memorial Ground.
Updated 22:37 - 12 Mar 2017 by Joshua Smith