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Paget Rangers
M Bellingham (63'), D Carter (81'), R Taylor (84'), M Williams (66' Sent Off)
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Tue 21 Feb 19:30 - Midland Football League - Division 2 Attendance 96

Last Gasp Paget Snatch Three Points

A stunning free kick from Rico Taylor snatched three points for the Bears against Knowle

Paget forged a dramatic late reprieve to snatch three points from a valiant Knowle side, in a pulsating encounter at the Trevor Brown Memorial Ground on Tuesday night.
Knowle, fresh off a highly impressive 2-0 victory over Fairfield Villa arrived full of confidence and it was the Robins who dominated the early exchanges, with Alex Knight in particular causing problems with his pace and trickery. Paget were handed a boost however in the 28th minute, when striker Mark Bellingham was hauled down on the edge of the penalty area when clean through on goal by Knowle’s Niall Gilbride, the referee having no alternative but to issue a red card. Paget then began to gain more a foothold in the game, as they tried to make the extra man count, but Knowle’s resilient defending and sheer determination restricted the hosts to only a few half chances as they became increasingly frustrated by the offside flag.

The second half started in much the same vain as the first, Paget frustrated by a seemingly impenetrable Knowle iron curtain and Knowle looking dangerous on the break. It was the visitors who then took a deserved lead on 60 minutes following a defensive howler from the Bears. Alex Knight capitalising to put the Robins 1-0 up. Jason Lanns brought on the returning Daniel Carter in an attempt to offer Mark Bellingham more support in attack and the breakthrough followed shortly after. A long ball over the top found wide-man Reuben Wilson who beat the offside trap and whipped a cross into the six yard box, which found the prolific Mark Bellingham who bundled the ball home. Paget seemed boosted by this, but it was Knowle who immediately regained the lead, a stunning 25 yard shot from wide left by Callum Ingram left Paget ‘keeper Josh Benton with no chance. Paget were frustrated and their cause was further dented in the 66th minute when midfielder Mark Williams was dismissed to reduce both sides to ten men. The Bears poured men forward in what became an increasingly open and frantic game and snatched an equaliser in the 81st minute when Daniel Carter lobbed Conal Dowling in the Knowle goal, his shot crashing off the bar and over the line. Paget sensed blood and the pacey Rico Taylor and Junior Rydhel were causing the tiring Knowle defence all sorts of problems. In the 84th minute, Daniel Carter drew a foul from the Knowle defender and Rico Taylor stepped up to curl a beautiful free kick into the corner of the net, leaving Dowling with no chance. Paget had snapped an unlikely victory from the jaws of a despairing defeat.

Key moments

Goal Mark Bellingham scores for Paget Rangers
Red Card Mark Williams is sent off for Paget Rangers
Goal Daniel Carter scores for Paget Rangers
Goal Rico Taylor scores for Paget Rangers


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90:00 Player of the Match
Rico Taylor is awarded player of the match for Paget Rangers
84:00 Goal 3 - 0
Rico Taylor scores for Paget Rangers
81:00 Goal 2 - 0
Daniel Carter scores for Paget Rangers
78:00 Yellow Card
Rioul Kousseba-Bakala is yellow carded for Paget Rangers
73:00 Sub Off
Reuben Wilson is substituted off for Paget Rangers
73:00 Sub On
Rhydel Junior Ikouara is substituted on for Paget Rangers
66:00 Red Card 1 - 0
Mark Williams is sent off for Paget Rangers
63:00 Goal 1 - 0
Mark Bellingham scores for Paget Rangers
63:00 Assist
Reuben Wilson makes an assist for Paget Rangers
57:00 Sub Off
Leon Weller is substituted off for Paget Rangers
57:00 Sub On
Daniel Carter is substituted on for Paget Rangers
End of period 1
33:00 Sub Off
Craig Evans is substituted off for Paget Rangers
33:00 Sub On
Billy Fagg is substituted on for Paget Rangers
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Paget Rangers
  • Knowle
  • 0
  • Craig Evans Sub Off 33:00'
  • Billy Fagg Sub On 33:00'
  • Leon Weller Sub Off 57:00'
  • Daniel Carter Sub On 57:00'
  • Mark Bellingham Goal 63:00'
  • Reuben Wilson Assist 63:00'
  • Mark Williams Red Card 66:00'
  • Reuben Wilson Sub Off 73:00'
  • Rhydel Junior Ikouara Sub On 73:00'
  • Rioul Kousseba-Bakala Yellow Card 78:00'
  • Daniel Carter Goal 81:00'
  • Rico Taylor Goal 84:00'
  • Rico Taylor Player of the Match 90:00'

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Droitwich Spa 30 65
2. Redditch Borough 31 64
3. Paget Rangers 30 64
4. Alvis Sporting Club 30 63
5. Fairfield Villa 30 55
6. Coton Green 31 50
7. Knowle 30 47

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