Paulton Rovers' unbeaten run comes to an end at Sholing
MATCH REPORT: Sholing 1, Paulton Rovers 0
Paulton Rovers' unbeaten run came to an end with a narrow defeat at Sholing but they deserved to get more from the game.
Having begun brightly, Sholing were forced onto the defensive as Marcus Mapstone set up a shooting opportunity for James Billing in the sixth minute but home keeper Matt Brown made a smart save.
He also made an easier stop from Craig Loxton, who then failed to trouble the keeper after good work from Nick McCootie on ten minutes.
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Rovers went close again on 18 minutes when Ben Lacey went on a fine run down the right before finding Mapstone, who flashed a shot across goal. Moments later, Scott Brice sent a header just wide from a Mapstone cross as Rovers exerted more pressure on the hosts.
Visiting keeper Kyle Phillips was in the action for the first time in the 23rd minute, making a good save from a narrow angle to deny Lewis Fennemore after he was sent clear by Marvin McClean. Pete Castle sent his shot just wide from the resulting corner.
Rovers had penalty appeals turned down on 26 minutes when Billing went down in the box after a neat move and was shown a yellow card for diving.
The only goal of the came against the run of play in the 36th minute when Dan Cleverley had a shot easily saved by Brown, whose wind-assisted clearance sent Lee Wort clear and he scored with an unstoppable right-footed volley from the edge of the box.
The visitors almost levelled three minutes later when Brown saved well from McCootie, who recovered to set up Mapstone and he had an initial effort blocked before sending the rebound over the bar.
On the stroke of half-time, a sweeping Rovers move ended with Stuart Tovey crossing from the right and Mapstone heading straight at Brown.
The second half was much more even, with play switching from end to end. Lacey went close with a shot from the right before Phillips made a great save to deny McClean after he was put through by Wort.
Rovers suffered a blow in the 53rd minute when Pearson was forced off with ankle ligament problems but McCootie and Billing both tested Brown, while Phillips saved well to deny Charlie Smeeton.
Phillips also denied Wort and Brown saved a Jack Allward effort at the other end, while Sholing thought they had doubled their lead in the 73rd minute as Wort tapped home a rebound, only to be adjudged offside.
Rovers continued to press for an equaliser but did not look convincing and the hosts held out and went close to a second goal through Wort and McClean.
The Rovers man of the match was Dan Cleverley.