By Tony Walsh
12th January
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Paulton hit four to win

Paulton took their chances in a five star performance that they have threatened in recent weeks. They were without experienced players Jamie Laird who wife Hannah gave birth to their second child whilst Dale Evans and Camen Harvey are out injured. Liam Monelle surprisingly came through a fitness to play 70 minutes to be replaced by Jay Malpas who recovered enough for a place on the bench.

After an opening salvo from both sides which saw Rovers 18 year old keeper tested by Jon Davies and Mike Perrott then sharply out to smother Brad Norris whilst at the other end Kent Kauppinen at a move with Ryan Gay and Ben Withey as Jack Ball head over and a save from Sam Jordan low drive.

Forster saved from Davies then Withey's cross was turned away by Kauppinen. Kyle Mountford making his Paulton debut after moving from Odd Down threaded through to Gay who shot wide.

On the stroke of half time Davies ran on and tried to dink the ball over an alert Forster.

Paulton went ahead on the restart Ball picked the ball up on the half way line then ran dribbling past defenders for 25 yards before cracking a fine low shot into the corner of Kauppinen's net.

After Liam Monelle fired wide he played the ball to Ball into the penalty area he was fairly tackle and as he attempted to get off the ground to reach the loose ball, he was held down by Warren Maidment. Ball it was who stepped up to slot home the penalty on58 minutes.

The fifty or so loyal Rovers supporters in the crowd of 454 who have followed the club through thick and thin were rewarded with third goal on 74 minutes as Ball set up Gay who from a narrow angle thunder his shot into the net which Kauppinen could assist on its way.

On 81 minutes Kauppinen saved well from Gay's volley but 2 minutes later it was 4-0 to the visitors. Central defender won a solid tackle in his own half with ball finding Withey down the left and his cross was flicked home by Jordan. His delight was celebrated with a double somersault.

Their was time for Paulton to bring 18 years old Jordan Lovibond and 16 years old youth team player Ali Sen to finish the game with two other teenagers in Cormac Pike and Forster.

Man of the match Jack Ball (Paulton Rovers)
Entertainment Value 5 out of 5 (throughly deserved)

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