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Paulton Rovers v Weston super Mare

Paulton Rovers 12 - 1 Weston super Mare
26 Nov 2019 - 19:30The Athletic Ground

A young Weston side made up of the under-18s and under-19s was knocked out of the Southern League Challenge Cup to Paulton Rovers.

Paulton went close early on when Ben Withey fired over from 18 yards after a corner had been rolled into his path.

Paulton broke the deadlock when Ben Bament headed in a cross from six yards out following a Ryan Gay cross, and Gay then slotted in from a few yards out after Harry Palmer had spilt a Nuno Felix free-kick. David Sims-Burgess then volleyed in from 25 yards as he lashed a shot over Palmer from 25 yards into the roof of the net.

Sims-Burgess curled wide from 20 yards, before Dan Dempsey continued to heap the pressure on Weston’s goal as Palmer tipped aside his shot from 18 yards.

From the resultant corner, the home skipper Craig Allan powered in a header from Ben Withey’s delivery.

Weston then began to turn some of their possession into chances, as Bailey Kempster had a shot deflected wide from inside the area after Callum Eastwood had slipped him through, with Archie Heal then getting a chance from inside the area but he fired straight at Aaron Sainsbury from Ryan Jones’ through ball.

Sims-Burgess then made it 5-0 after being slipped in by Bament from halfway, and he grabbed his first half hat-trick by heading in a cross from Ali Sen.

A minute after half-time, substitute Ed Butcher slotted in from from inside the box as Bament failed to get a shot away.

The Seagulls got their goal when Kempster attempted to muscle his way past Allan inside the box. The winger stepped up and finished his penalty confidently to net a debut goal.

Paulton continued their streak in front of goal when Bament was played in behind and chipped the ball over the onrushing Palmer. Bament scored again from a yard out after Ed Butcher’s shot struck the striker and rolled into the netf despite the attempts of Scott Timberlake to clear.

Eastwood forced Sainsbury into a save when he curled the ball from 25 yards out, and the young Paulton keeper had to stretch to try and tip over.

Bament netted another goal for himself when he chipped the ball over Palmer following a through ball by Allan. Gay headed in at the back post, before Butcher ran through and slotted in to round up the scoring.

On the game, manager Scott Bartlett said: “It was a tough night scoreline wise but we knew that could happen and I’d have no hesitation in doing the same again because some of the players were fantastic.

“Of course there were mismatches in some areas which cost us goals, particularly physical ones, specifically at set plays and crosses but I thought in general play between both boxes our young players showed confidence on the ball and did well.
“The most pleasing aspect for me was being with them afterwards and seeing how much they enjoyed the game and how much they learned from the test. It was a tough night of course but they are a resilient bunch and will all be better players for the experience.”

FT: Paulton 12-1 Weston (Bament 7,64,73,78, Gay 22,83, Sims-Burgess 25,43,44, Allan 30, Butcher 46,88 – Kempster pen 60)

Weston XI: Harry Palmer, Josh Pitt, Ethan Reed, Callum Eastwood, Scott Timberlake, Tommy Kendall, Will Harvey (Joe Creese 55), Ben Griffith, Archie Heal (Ethan Williams 64), Ryan Jones (C), Bailey Kempster (Jake White 81). Unused substitutes: Callum Plaistow, Tom Underhay.

MOTM: Callum Eastwood