Second-half super show gives Paulton much-needed three points
PAULTON Rovers ended a run of six successive defeats in style with a 4-0 victory at Melksham Town in Division One South.
After a goalless first half, Jack Ball put Paulton ahead early in the second period with a low drive.
Ball made it 2-0 with a 57th-minute penalty, then Ryan Gay capitalised on an error by the Melksham goalkeeper to add a third with a shot which crept in at the near post.
Sam Jordan headed home a fourth for Paulton in the 83rd minute.
Bristol Manor Farm recorded their first back-to-back league wins of the season with a 4-1 home win against second-bottom Barnstaple Town.
Manor Farm took a second-minute lead when a free-kick from Jor- dan Metters was headed in at the back post by centre-half Lloyd Mills.
Jack Rice-Lethaby saw his shot hit the crossbar for Barnstaple, before the hosts went two up seven minutes into the second half when Troy Simpson scored with a scissor-kick.
Simpson struck agaon on 65 minutes when he slid a low shot past goalkeeper Steve Oliver.
Substitute Saddam Bello pulled a deserved goal back for Barnstaple on 74 minutes, but Manor Farm quickly re-established their threegoal advantage when Owen Howe scored with a 20-yard drive.
Yate Town lost top spot in the table to Blackfield & Langley after suffering a 3-1 defeat at Bideford Town.
Ryan Turner headed home an Ian Sampson cross to give Bideford a fifth-minute lead. Turner drilled home his second on 27 minutes, after a Sampson shot had been blocked.
Yate pulled a goal back early in the second half when Harry Warwick outmuscled the home defence to score.
Olly Mehew twice came close to providing an equaliser for Yate, but the final word went to Turner, who completed his hat-trick after latching on to a through ball from Joel Randall.
Relegation battlers Mangotsfield United gained a decent point from a 0-0 home draw against fifthplaced Evesham United.
It was all the more impressive for the fact they had to do without goalkeeper Kieran Hodges for the second half after the youngster dislocated his shoulder.
Substitute Colin MugoyaTabingwa took over in goal and, backed by a very good defensive display, kept Evesham at bay.
Chances were at a premium at both ends, but Mangotsfield boss Ollie Price will take heart from one of his side’s best defensive displays of the season.
Jack Ball scored twice in Paulton’s 4-0 win at Melksham Town