Paget Ranger 3-2 Brocton
Paget extend their unbeaten run to four games.
Paget Rangers made it three wins in Division One as they beat Stafford based Brocton 3-2 in a tense home fixture.
The Bears got off to a great start when Billy Fagg found Daniel Carter in the box, the Paget striker wasted no time and sent the ball low into the corner giving the home side the lead in the fifth minute.
Following the goal the visitors enjoyed a period of possession but were unable to capitalise, indeed it was the Bears who looked more likely to score when Carter set up Luke Bradley but the Paget winger was unable to find the net.
Brocton responded and should have found the net, first when Alex Curtis found Paul McMahon in space but Brocton’s number nine sent the ball over. The visitors didn’t wait long to trouble the Paget defence with McMahon involved again, this time trying to chip Paget captain Josh Benton – the Wee Gers keeper made a great save to keep the audacious effort out and managed to get to Joe Hartshorne’s shot just seconds later.
Less than five minutes had passed before Paget were putting Brocton under pressure, neat passing play from Carter and Mark Williams afforded Myles Phipps a chance on goal, with the young forward sending the ball flying past the Brocton goalkeeper at the near post to give the Bears a two goal lead.
Brocton were vying for a goal and with half-time on the horizon they finally pulled one back when McMahon headed the ball in. It may have almost been in vein, as little three minutes past before Luke Bradley played in Carter but the Paget striker was unable to get a good shot away and the score remained 2-1 going into the break.
The visitors emerged from the changing rooms determined to get an early equaliser with McMahon, Hartshorne and David Lomas all having chances in the first 15 minutes of the second half. The Bears followed with chances from Phipps and an opportunity for substitute Troy Baker.
In the 70th minute the visitors earned a free-kick from very close range but Curtis sent it high over the bar to the relief of the home side.
Brocton would rue the miss as only mere four minutes later Carter latched onto a long ball in the box and duly sent the ball flying past Adam Jenkins.
Both sides had good chances to add to their respective tallies but it was Curtis for the visitors who found the net next striking the ball from distance and ensuring a nervy remaining five minutes for the hosts.
In pursuit of the equaliser Brocton formed an assault on the Paget goal but last minute heroics from Benton ensured the Bears walked away with all three points.