Five-star Paulton Rovers return to top with win over Merthyr Town
Paulton Rovers returned to the top of the Calor League Division 1 South & West table with a superb 5-2 home win over Merthyr Town.
The sides were sat in second and third positions respectively at the start of play but Rovers turned in an outstanding team performance to take the spoils.
Rovers came flying out of the blocks and took a fourth-minute lead when Ben Lacey pulled the ball back for James Billing to score.
Brandon Barnes had a 25-yard free-kick well saved by Merthyr keeper Morris, who was also in the right place to gather a Lacey header from Scott Brice’s cross.
Nick McCootie also threatened for the hosts but neither side could find the final pass in attack as defences stayed on top for the remainder of the half.
It was a different story after the break, however, as a crowd of more than 200 were treated to six goals.
Traylor drew Merthyr level five minutes into the second half before Lacey beat four men on a solo run from the halfway line to make it 2-1 to Rovers. It stayed that way for barely than a minute, however, as Paul Keddle tapped home the visitors’ second to equalise.
Rovers went ahead for the third time in the 57th minute when McCootie beat Keddle to the ball and neatly set up man of the match Billing for his second of the game.
Two minutes later a Barnes corner was met by Ollie Price, who headed narrowly wide.
Rovers extended their advantage with 20 minutes to go when Morris found himself in no man’s land and McCootie nipped in to score.
Mike Perrott and Lacey caused the tiring Merthyr defence problems with their direct running and substitute Dean Evans went close to adding a fifth goal before arrived via Price’s back-post tap-in.
Rovers face another big game when they travel to unbeaten Somerset rivals Bridgwater Town on Tuesday night.