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Saturday 10th March 2001: Meadow Park  

  CITY vs. Paget Rangers  

Dr Martens League Western Division


City's Team

City cruised through this game without ever breaking sweat, picking up the points without ever being forced into even second gear by a tragic Paget side. 

City boss Tommy Callinan had the luxury of a fully fit and available squad, and only tinkered around the edges of the team that had beaten Atherstone last Saturday. Any complacency City may have had facing the division's bottom team were shook loose within the first few minutes as the Bears went on the offensive. Paget sent in a few testing shots from distance, and Ally was forced into action from a header.

That early Paget salvo may have given City just what they needed to provide some incentive. Baylo looked menacing and saw one shot go wide before a second effort was deflected by a Paget defender, using what looked suspiciously like his arm. Marshall then picked up an injury as he went for a loose ball in the box, but after a lot of grimacing he hauled himself to his feet. The best chance of the entire match was then wasted by Cox, who must have used all his goals up with last Saturday's hatrick. Clever play down the right sent Tucks free and he put his cross beyond a static Paget defence only for Cox to fluff his shot when a goal seemed certain.

When the breakthrough came it was a little fortunate. Baylo slid through Cox who ran clear on goal and then selflessly passed across the box for Chennas to bundle home past a lonely goalkeeper. For once the linesman kept his flag down, despite City having looked offside on both the key passes. Mind you, it only evened up the ones he flagged for where we were onside by a country mile.

Paget's team looked like they'd been collected from volunteers picked up at the M5 services on the journey down. Their lack of belief was tangible, and soon they were two down as City put together a fantastic passing move. Tucker and Marshall switched the ball across the penalty area before Bayliss turned sharply on Marshall's pass to steer the ball perfectly just inside the post.
Baylo scores from the spot
With the pressure now off City were now able to enjoy themselves. Just before half-time Cox raced clear onto a long through ball only to be clipped by one of the Paget players desperately scampering after him. Bayliss took the penalty and stroked it dismissively past the keeper for a pleasing half-time cushion. 

City's second half performance looked like that of a side that knew the competition was over. We piled pressure on the box but seemed content enough to keep the ball without going for the jugular. Cox and Dicks did well down the left, but the forays were lacking in enough sharpness to make Paget suffer. That laid back attitude threatened to come undone as City blew their first league clean sheet of the season. City gave away a free kick and then failed to pick up the attackers when the cross came over, leaving Davies with a free header which he planted into the net. City press the Paget goal

There was a definite fear of City becoming worried against a Paget team that had after all beaten City 3-0 in the away fixture. However that had little opportunity to materialise as their keeper made a terrible error. Chenoweth and Tucker made great show of taking an innocuous free kick in a central position outside the box. Chennas shot was comfortable for the keeper who appeared to have held it, only for him to drop it and see the ball trickle over the line to restore the three goal cushion.

Davis tracks back.City continued to look easily the better team but were clearly happy to coast to victory. In fairness this was probably the smart thing to do, especially with a hectic fixture schedule to come and a tough match against Tiverton on Tuesday. However Tommy will have been disappointed Chennas picked up another needless booking for dissent, and that sub Will Steadman's first contribution was a silly tackle that put him in the book too. Generally though, the knock to Marshall apart, at least our small squad was not overly extended.

All in all this was a poor contest and poor entertainment, but few fans will worry too much about that as it was a very welcome three points that catapulted City to the heady heights of tenth. Amazingly this is the first time City have put together back to back league wins, and with renewed optimism behind the scenes there is much to be cheerful about. And if nothing else we can just thank the football gods we're not poor sad Paget, who looked like the season cannot end too soon for them.



Dicks (c)



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