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Paradise Lounge FC 3 Hammerwich Athletic FC 0

Paradise defend a Hammerwich corner at Beacon Park

Paradise Lounge comfortably recorded their first league win of the campaign at the expense of fellow Division 2 new boys Hammerwich Athletic.

Lichfield side Paradise – who did the double over Hammerwich in Division 3 last season – made a fantastic start to the match and deservedly went ahead when James Coombes poked in after Pete Burton’s terrific run and cross.

Striker Steve Spencer was guilty of an incredible miss moments later when his close range header flew the wrong side of the post with Hammerwich’s keeper stranded at the other end of his goal-line.

The visitors got gradually more into the game, but early in the second-half brothers Paul and Nick Hill combined brilliantly to increase Paradise’s lead.

Paul Hill scores Paradise's second

After an Arsenal-esque passing move in Hammerwich’s half, Nick played in newlywed Paul who coolly stroked the ball under the on-rushing goalkeeper to open his account for the season after scoring five from defence last term.

Coombes then made it three-nil from right-back James Wilkinson’s excellent low cross and only the crossbar prevented the pint-sized striker taking home the match ball when his last-minute header bounced back off the woodwork.

Player-manager Graham Welsh was very pleased to see Paradise maintain their impressive recent record against Hammerwich:

“It was a solid performance from the boys and we deserved the three points. We should have put them to the sword but we took our foot off the gas, which was quite frustrating. It’s a good win which gets us up and running in Division 2.”

Paradise Lounge are in league action this Sunday (October 17) when they host city rivals Lichfield Crown at Beacon Park. Kick-off is 10:30am.

Paradise: Paul Webb, James Warburton, Paul Hill, Ben Lowe, James Wilkinson, Pete Burton (Graham Welsh), Nick Hill, Adam Worthington, Jack Lowe (Sam Owen), Steve Spencer, James Coombes. Subs not used: Stuart Gauntlett, Mark Morris, Dale Harley.

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