Paulton Rovers hit six of the best to go top of the table
Shortwood United 3
Paulton Rovers 6
Paulton Rovers came out on top in a remarkable six-goal thriller at Shortwood on Monday to storm back to the top of the Calor League Southern Division 1 South & West.
The visitors made a bright start but it was Shortwood who took the lead when Duncan Colley, who had earlier seen a shot hit both posts, this time found the back of the net after dribbling past several players.
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Matt Bennett made it 2-0 soon after, despite Mike Reaney’s best efforts to clear off the line, but Rovers reduced the deficit inside a minute as Mike Perrott meant Brandon Barnes’ chipped cross with a great diving header.
And they were back on level terms five minutes before half-time as centre-half Scott Brice knocked Reaney’s long throw into the path of Dean Evans, who made no mistake from close range.
Rovers came out with renewed determination and went ahead three minutes into the second half as captain Dan Cleverley won the ball in midfield and found Josh Klein-Davies, whose defence-splitting pass was slid home by Barnes.
Sloppy defending allowed Ross Langworthy to level within a minute but Rovers were determined to gain the upper hand and took the lead once more in the 51st minute.
A cracking move involving Cleverley and Klein-Davies ended with Perrott playing in Nick McCootie, who made no mistake from ten yards.
Klein-Davies marked his first league start for Rovers by making it 5-3 in the 67th minute after a swift turn and low drive, then Barnes had the final word 13 minutes from time after McCootie had caused a mix-up in the home defence.
Paulton Rovers begin their FA Cup exploits on Saturday as they visit Toolstation League Premier Division side Street in the preliminary round (3pm).
If the match ends in a draw, the replay will be at Winterfield Road on Tuesday (7.30pm), otherwise Rovers will have an away league match at Bridgwater Town – one of the other two unbeaten Division 1 South & West teams so far this season.