By Tony Walsh
19th January
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Paulton go down to Winchester

The photo above shows Simon Wilkinson boss of match sponsors SUREFIT AUTO CENTRE of Writhlington presenting Paulton Rovers man of the match against Winchester City with his Thatchers Fsmily Reserve Cider award with Paulton manager John Rendell

Winchester took the points and looked the better side in a scrappy first half with Rovers young keeper Adam Forster kept alert.

The visitors skipper Jamie Barron crossed only for Josh Harfield to head over. Paulton's first chance came on 15 minutes as Ben Withey's free kick was fisted out by Ryan Pryce and Kye Mountford shot over.

Barron's drive on 23 minutes looked goal bound but Joe Hillard deflected for corner.

The Citizen's took the lead on 34 minutes as Barron found Simba Mlamba who cut in from the right to fire past Forster.

Forster was again alert to parry out Rob Carr's shot and recover to collect the ball as Oli Bailey bore down.

Paulton started the second half brightly and Hillard produced a superb tackle to stop the hard working Bailey then Barron set up Carr who shot wide.

Rovers had a great chance as Withey's left wing corner was headed over by skipper Charlie Hitchings.

City had a great chance on 69 minutes as Mlamba split the home defence raced onto by Bailey however Forster saved well as the striker looked to score. Then Barron combined with Bailey and Joe Cook headed over.

Sub Tyrell Mitford crossed and Mlamba should have scored but turned the ball over the net.

Left back Jake Rawlings drove forward played a one two with Mitford then Barron's corner was deliberately handled into the net by Carr. The referee originally awarded a goal until the assistant advised him and the guilty Carr was only shown a yellow card.

Rovers best chance in the final minute saw Hillard find Sam Jordan who brought the ball down only for his goal bound shot to be deflected for a corner.

Sponsors SUREFIT AUTO CENTRE of WRITHINGTON star man of the match Joe Hillard
(Paulton Rovers) presented with Thatchers Family Reserve Cider award

Entertainment Value 3 out of 5

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