Paulton Rovers bow out of FA Trophy at Burnham
MATCH REPORT: Burnham 2 Paulton Rovers 1
Paulton Rovers bowed out of the FA Trophy at the first qualifying-round stage as they suffered a controversial defeat at higher-division opponents Burnham.
Mark Charles-Smith opened the scoring for the hosts inside the first quarter-of-an-hour and Lee Togwell doubled their lead before Josh Klein-Davies pulled one back for Calor League Southern Division 1 South & West high-fliers Paulton with 14 minutes to go.
Mike Perrott then had a deserved injury-time leveller disallowed for offside by a team of officials who dished out nine bookings and a red card.
Both sides started brightly and soon the home strike force of Ryan Black and Charles-Smith began to prove a handful to the Rovers defence.
The pair combined to put Burnham in front, Black cutting down the right wing before putting in a low cross that was tucked away by Charles-Smith.
Paulton had their chances, with Scott Brice twice heading over from Brandon Barnes corners and James Billing and Nick McCootie combining well with no end product.
Apart from the Burnham goal, neither keeper was tested in a first half notable for some inconsistent decisions – resulting in a string of yellow cards - by the officials.
Charles-Smith brought a save from Kyle Phillips at the start of the second half before Perrott and Barnes tested Michael Watkins at the other end.
The 72nd minute saw the miss of the game as Charles-Smith's shot was blocked by Marcus Mapstone and Togwell hit the post on the rebound.
Three minutes later Burnham made it 2-0 when Charles-Smith ran along the byline unchallenged and slipped the ball to Togwell, who made no mistake this time.
A minute later Rovers were back in the game when substitute Klein-Davies swivelled to score from the edge of the box after Nick McCootie and Perrott combined to set him up.
Burnham’s Lewis Driver was then given his marching orders – to the astonishment of both sides - after receiving a second yellow card.
Watkins and Paulton counterpart Phillips were both kept busy, with the latter pulling off one superb save from Burnham substitute Ash Smith.
Paulton thought they had equalised in stoppage time when Perrott headed home after McCootie hit the crossbar from a Barnes corner, but the assistant flagged for offside despite there being two Burnham players on the goalline.
PAULTON ROVERS: Phillips, Evans, Mapstone, Brice, Reaney, Barnes, Perrott, Lacey, Billing (Klein-Davies 59) , Cleverley, McCootie. Subs not used: Jeffries, Price, Doyle.
Paulton man of the match: Dean Evans.