Bristol Manor Farm 1 Paulton Rovers 2
Paulton Rovers secured their first win in eleven courtesy of a last-minute strike by Ali Sen. At that point the heaven’s opened once more on a seasonally inclement day of gales and rain and Manor Farm’s season was captured in a nutshell.
The home side had started the game brightly with Paulton keeper Adam Foster having to tip over an Ashley Kington shot as early as the 5th minute.
Manor Farm took a deserved lead in the 12th minute following a Rovers corner. Steve Kingdon cleared the ball which fell kindly for Lewis Bamford just inside his own half. The Farm number 11 then went on a superb run down the right flank, leaving defenders in his wake as he raced into the penalty area. Foster came out to close down the angle but Bamford coolly dinked the ball across him for Chas Hemmings to smash home from close range.
The Paulton keeper then produced a fantastic save to keep out a Hemmings header that was looping towards the top corner.
Foster’s save kept his side in the contest and the visitors pulled level six minutes before the break when Jack Ball prodded home from close range after a cross from the right.
It was Farm keeper Ben John who kept his own side on level terms with a number of fine saves throughout the second half. Both his and Manor Farm’s luck finally ran out however during the game’s final minute when Ali Sen, using the wind to his advantage, hit a ball from the left with the outside of his left foot that started two yards outside Ben John’s left hand upright but curled back in to nestle in the top corner.
STAR MAN (Ali Sen, Paulton Rovers)