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Paget Rangers 2-6 Heather St John's

6 months ago By Joshua Smith

High-flying Heather St John’s take advantage of penalties to take control in a close fixture.

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.

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.

Updated 21:42 - 9 Apr 2018 by Joshua Smith

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