South West U15 Blues
- competition : South West U15 Blues
- date : 11/01/2020
- time : 10:30
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Paulton vs FC Wilts
With Christmas well behind us and only Aunty’sSherry left in the drinks cabinet, it’s great to be back on the 3g, looking forward to another decade of JPL footy. First up for 2020, Paulton Rovers welcome FC Wilts to Norton Hill. Previous encounters have always gone in favour of the Wiltshire lads, will today be any different?
Q1 kicks off in tentative fashion, players holding their positions, sizing up their opponent, move and counter-move well-orchestrated. Neither side giving any ground. Slowly Paulton begin to find some dominance and slightly squeeze on the pressure. The first chance falls to the men in Maroon, a forward ball, striker beats his man, followed by a good shoot and save to the right. The resulting corner lacks a head and Wilts escape. Shortly after Wilts have a free-kick out to the left, a good delivery sails through the crowd and Paulton can breath again. Wilts are growing into the game and the contest is looking more even. From a Wilts corner, the ball is headed marginally wide, second scare for Paulton in 2 minutes. The last serious attempt of the twenty, sees Wilts break out on the left. With a gap in the goal to aim for, the winger attempts an early shot. Good effort, just over the top left-hand corner. Good football and determination from both sides, thoughcancelling each other out, all even. Q1 0-0.
Q2. Straight from the kick-off, both teams are eager to find a goal. A Wilts speculative shot from distance finds the safety of the keepers’ hands. Paulton respond immediately, though too much on a cheeky lob on the edge of the area, sends the ball just over. Paulton’s pressing high up the pitch pays off; a rushed pass in the centre is intercepted and a well-placed shot gives Paulton the lead. A minute later Wilts nearly equalise from a corner; a deep corner finds the head of a yellow shirt at the far post and the header is just wide. Then a game changer; a Paulton player is sent-off. Fair to say, not without controversy or clarification, but the referee’s decision must be respected! The next few minutes both teams quickly adjust to their changing circumstances. At the end of the quarter Wilts have two gilt-edged chances. The striker beats his man and shoots wide and another 1v1 with the keeper requires a miraculous save. Paulton are still leading…. just. Q2 1-0.
Q3. Wilts make the extra man advantage tell from the get-go. From a break on the right, the shot is parried onto the feet of the oncoming left winger. An easy tap-in and the game is all level. Shortly after a Wilts corner, easy for the Paulton keeper. Paulton now adjust to their new situation and are not making it easy for Wilts. The Wilts striker bundles through, the following shot requires a reflex save and wide. Paulton again rally and take the game to Wilts. The 10 men are now playing like 12. The pendulum swings in Paulton’s favour. Some good interplay on the edge of the box opens up a scoring opportunity. The keeper makes himself big and denies. In the next 5 minutes its difficult to describe how Paulton didn’t score. With Wilts keen to play from the back, excellent pressing brings some certain chances. The keeper is heroic, and the goal stays intact. Everything to play for. Q3 1-1.
Q4. Paulton look to hit home first, a quick break on the left and a favourable ricochet finds the winger in full flight. A screamer of a shot lashes pass the goal. Then, against the run of play, following a spell of continued Paulton pressure, a well struck Wilts corner finds a composed head and Wilts take the lead. From the goal, suddenly the effort of playing with 10 begins to take its toll. Wilts now can find the space and Paulton are pushed back. A break on the right and a smart through ball finds the feet of the striker who tucks it home. Game over. Wilts continue to play forward, attacking the Paulton goal. A couple of fine saves from the Paulton keeper keeps the score to 3. Q4 1 -3.
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