Sec­ond-half su­per show gives Paulton much-needed three points

Bristol Post - - SPORT - Mark EASTERBROOK [email protected]­

South­ern League

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

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