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Match Report: Paget Rangers 6-1 Leamington Hibernian

10 months ago By Joshua Smith

MFL Division 2

Paget Rangers returned to winning ways with an emphatic 6-1 victory over fellow MFL Division 2 side Leamington Hibernian.

Goals from Mark Bellingham, Leon Weller, Ross Dempster and a hat-trick by Dean Morris ensured the Bears took all three points in an impressive manner.

Morris, Myles Phipps and Rio Kousseba-Bakala all had chances to open the scoring for the Wee Gers, as Hibs struggled to cope with Paget’s high pressing approach.

However, the Paget faithful didn’t have to wait long as a Hibs clearance from a Paget corner fell to Weller, who volleyed the ball past the keeper from the edge of the box, giving the home side a 1-0 lead.

Dempster had two good chances following the opener, but Leamington managed to keep it at 1-0, that was until the 15th minute when Dempster struck from range to send the ball past Danne Masterson, doubling the Bear’s lead.

The Bears continued to cause problems for the visitors and looked dangerous every time they ventured forward. Leamington for the time being managed to keep the score at 2-0.

Two goals could have been doable for Hibs after the break, but Morris had other ideas when he headed the ball, which was sent the ball flying into the box, just before half-time to give Paget a three goal lead.

Paget started the second half at a slower pace, confident in their lead (unlike a certain team in Aston that afternoon), however it didn’t take long for the the Bears to find the net for a fourth time, as Morris headed in a Reuben Wilson cross after just six minutes played.

More chances came and went for the Bears to increase their goal difference, but it was substitute Bellingham who got Paget’s fifth, heading in from a corner just after the hour mark.

Minutes later a good run from Morris resulted in a neatly placed shot to secure his hat-trick and round off the scoring for the Bears.

Leamington had the last laugh, as Jack Keeling put the ball in the Paget net late on to give the travelling supporters something to cheer about.

Updated 22:35 - 25 Jan 2017 by Joshua Smith

Where next?

LJCCSF: Northfield Town 0-5 Paget Rangers The Bears thrash MFL Division Three side to reach the final.

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