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Strikers Stuart Gauntlett and James Coombes wait for the referee's whistle to kick-off the second-half
A second-half double from super sub James Wilkinson sunk Cannock Wood and secured Paradise Lounge their first victory since October. The Lounge went into the game on the back of four much-improved performances since the turn of the year and looked more likely to break the deadlock in a goalless first-half at Beacon Park. Scottish full-back Mark Morris – who claims his last goal came in a friendly against fellow rock stars Iron Maiden in 1987 – almost scored when he ghosted in to meet a cross at the far post, while Stuart Gauntlett’s powerful shot forced Cannock Wood stopper Jimmy McElroy into a smart save. But the visitors made a bright start to the second-half and took the lead when striker Stuart Barnett’s wind-assisted effort flew into the top corner. Wilkinson then replaced banana-booted Gauntlett in attack and the 21-year-old made an immediate impact by scoring twice in the space of five minutes. Despite Wilkinson’s impressive finishing up front, he was beaten to the match-of-the-match award by Jack Lowe for a fantastic display at right-back.
Super sub James Wilkinson and PLFC mascot Lewie celebrate a long overdue victory
Wilkinson, who missed last week’s 1-1 draw with Longhorn because he was away in Scotland with his WAG, was delighted to get on the scoresheet in front of his biggest fan:
“It was a great effort from all the lads again today and we deserved the three points. I’m pleased with my goals, especially in front of my puppy Lewie who I brought along for his first game, but the win and the team’s never-say-die attitude was the most important thing.”
Paradise: Paul Webb, Mark Morris, Paul Hill, Ben Lowe, Jack Lowe, Dale Harley (Pete Burton), Sam Owen, Adam Worthington, Graham Welsh, James Coombes, Stuart Gauntlett (James Wilkinson). Click here to join the Paradise Lounge FC group on Facebook.