Paulton Rovers 3-0 Street
Street exit Somerset Premier Cup
Street went out of the Somerset Premier Cup at the first round stage at Paulton Rovers yesterday evening. Rich Fey made 6 changes to the starting line up from Saturday's win over Bideford and were left to rue a disallowed goal and a series of missed opportunities that if taken could of changed the course of the game. However on the balance of play the Cobblers could have no real complaints as Paulton were simply more clinical in front of goal.
After a quiet opening spell Street's best chance of the game came on 15 minutes when Harry Foster broke the offside trap and raced down the left, his selfless pass inside to Phil Ormrod left the striker with only the keeper to beat but his effort was straight at him and the ball was cleared. Moments later Lewis Hogg hit a brilliant 25 yard effort that was inches away from the top corner and he then again cleared the cross bar with a shot from distance on the angle . Paulton then responded with a couple of long range efforts that didn't trouble Joe Moore in the Street goal.
Street were edging the game in terms of possession but it was Paulton who got there noses in front on the half hour mark when Moore failed to gather a rasping drive from the edge of box and Ryan Gay followed up to score. A big moment of the game came 2 minutes later when Street had a disallowed after a Dave O'Hare free kick was only partially stopped and Ormrod followed up to force the ball home. The referee, to the surprise of both sets of fans, didn't give the goal for an infringement on the keeper.
Five minutes into the second half Jamie Short had a great chance to equalise when he shot straight at the keeper from 10 yards following a brilliant run which saw him ghost past two defenders. Moore made a couple of smart stops mid way through the half as the hosts looked the more likely to grab the next goal. That goal came on 70 minutes when a Gay scored again, finding space in the box to head home a corner from the right.
Shortly after the goal both teams were down to 10 men after the Paulton right back Camen Harvey made a dangerous two footed lunge from behind on Hogg and the Street midfielder reaction gave the referee no option but to send both players off. The game was all but over on 75 minutes when Ben Withey cut in from the right and evaded a couple of challenges before finding the bottom corner.
Not to be on the night for the Cobblers, good luck to Paulton in the next round. Next up for Street is an away trip to Bideford in the FA Trophy this Saturday, there is a few seats still remaining on the coach. If you would like to go please contact Clive Kemmish on 07958662006.
Man of the match Lewis Waldy
A night to forget for the Cobblers at Paulton last night