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Paradise Lounge FC 0 AFC Royal Exchange 7

First-half action at Beacon Park

Premier Division high-flyers AFC Royal Exchange powered into the second round of the Lichfield Challenge Cup by beating battling Paradise Lounge at a windy Beacon Park.

Royal Exchange – third in the top-flight table – were worthy winners after hitting Division 2 side Paradise for seven, but the contest was overshadowed by a horrific challenge at the end of the game.

There was nothing between the teams until midway through the first-half when a couple of slick attacks by the favourites gave them a two-goal advantage.

Just like they were in last week’s league match against Amington Rovers, the hosts felt very hard done by when a bizarre decision from the referee cost them dear just before the break.

The Lounge made a positive start to second-half proceedings with forward James Coombes coming closest to reducing Royal Exchange’s lead when he fired his one-on-one over the crossbar.

Royal Exchange then showed their class in front of goal with Paradise keeper Paul Webb, who was having another superb game in the number 1 shirt, picking the ball out of his net on a further four occasions.

But the cup tie came to a sour conclusion when Royal Exchange midfielder Jamie Derry received a straight red card for a two-footed tackle on Sam Owen and lashing out at Owen’s team-mate Graham Welsh.

Paradise player-manager Welsh said after the game:

“If our quality on the ball had matched our effort and tenacity, it would’ve been a very different scoreline. It’s a heavy defeat but – like last week against Amington – we walked off the pitch with our heads held high.”

Paradise: Paul Webb, Lee Rafter, Paul Hill, Ben Lowe, James Wilkinson, Graham Welsh, Dale Harley (Mark Morris), Adam Worthington (Sam Owen), Pete Burton, Simon Owen (Ben Hartshorne), James Coombes. Subs not used: Nick Hill, Jay Tomkins.

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  1. Nedge

    21st January, 2011 at 10:17 am

    Have Paradise Lounge FC won a single game (or even scored more than 1 goal in a game)?

  2. Ben Lowe

    21st January, 2011 at 10:24 am

    Haha! We made a decent start to the season but we’ve lost five on the bounce. Fingers crossed we’ll get back into winning ways on Sunday! 

  3. Arthur

    22nd January, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    Has the team given consideration to playing the Hill brothers up front? It appears that Paul Hill in particular, is under utilised in his role as a defender?