Goalkeeper excels as Paulton Rovers are held at Fleet Town
MATCH REPORT: Fleet Town 2 Paulton Rovers 2
A tremendous home goalkeeping display by Ryan Pryce meant Paulton Rovers had to settle for a point from yesterday's Calor League Southern Division 1 South & West trip to Fleet Town.
Pryce set the tone for the afternoon with two great saves in the opening three minutes to deny Brandon Barnes and Mike Perrott.
James Billing's 30-yard chip fell just wide and Nick McCootie was harshly flagged offside as he raced through on goal as Paulton continued to pile on the pressure.
However, against the run of play, the impressive Danilo Cadete broke through on the right and squared the ball for Rob Carr to give Fleet a half-time lead.
It was more of the same in the second period as Pryce held Billing's shot, then pulled off a double save to deny Dean Evans and Barnes.
Paulton also had a strong penalty appeal waved away on 52 minutes when McCootie was shoved in the back by Fleet captain Ben White.
But the equaliser finally arrived when, within a minute of coming on as substitute, Josh Klein-Davies laid the ball into the path of McCootie. He in turn found Dan Cleverley, whose superb drive from the edge of the area found the net.
And Rovers went ahead three minutes later when both Perrott and Cleverley had headers saved by Pryce before Klein-Davies bravely followed up to nod home, receiving a gash just below his right eye in the process.
With Rovers pressing to increase the lead, Pryce was again the stumbling block and Fleet made it 2-2 on 68 minutes when Cadete's deep cross was volleyed home by Carr.
Both sides were reduced to ten men when Dean Evans for Paulton and White for Fleet were shown red cards for violent conduct.
Paulton Rovers: Kyle Phillips, Ollie Price, Marcus Mapstone, Scott Brice, Dean Evans, Brandon Barnes, Mike Perrott, Ben Lacey, James Billing (Josh Klein-Davies 55), Dan Cleverley, Nick McCootie. Subs not used: Josh Jeffries, Paddy Doyle, Mike Reaney.
Tuesday's Red Insure Southern League Cup home game has been has been put back seven days as opponents Yate Town have a FA Cup replay against Gloucester City.