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Action from Hammerwich Athletic v Paradise Lounge

Action from Hammerwich Athletic v Paradise Lounge

Nine-man Paradise Lounge maintained their fine recent record against ten-man Hammerwich Athletic in an ill-tempered affair at Hospital Road.

The Lichfield side, victorious in their previous three meetings with Hammerwich, made a superb start and on the quarter-hour mark Ben Hartshorne pounced on a huge clanger from the home keeper to score his third goal of the season.

Paradise were reduced to ten men midway through the first-half when a moment of sheer madness from midfielder Adam Worthington handed Hammerwich the chance to equalise from the penalty spot.

Worthington’s wonderful reflex save was also a deliberate handball which would have made even Uruguay World Cup villain Luis Suarez blush, giving young referee Andrew Gerry no choice other than to give the 30-year-old his marching orders.

Hammerwich striker Matty Heaton dispatched from 12 yards to get the hosts back on level terms as tempers threatened to boil over before the break.

Hartshorne restored Paradise’s lead early in the second-half with a sweet left-foot finish, but the contest continued to be overshadowed by countless bad challenges.

It was no surprise when another needless nasty tackle sparked a massive brawl between the players.

Pete Burton strikes at goal

Pete Burton strikes at goal

James Wilkinson received a second yellow for reacting with a judo throw, while Hammerwich’s defender was sent-off for kicking Wilkinson.

Hammerwich threw the kitchen sink at their opponents as they went in search of a second equaliser and almost snatched a point at the death when defender Ben Lowe headed a stinging shot off the line with goalkeeper Paul Webb beaten.

Player-manager Dale Harley hailed Paradise’s togetherness and never-say-die attitude:

“On a heavy, sticky pitch it was always going to be a tough game, but we carried on where we left off at St Matthews last week and deservedly went ahead. Worthington’s red card made things difficult, but we showed great character and stuck to our task.

“It was a magnificent team performance and three well-earned points, with special mentions to the Bens for Hartshorne’s double and Lowe for letting the ball smash him on the line in the last minute of stoppage time to keep the score at 2-1 and unleashing his trademark Benjani celebration!”

Paradise: Paul Webb, Lee Rafter, Paul Hill, Ben Lowe, Jack Lowe (Steve Spencer), Graham Welsh, Sam Owen (Stuart Gauntlett), Adam Worthington, Pete Burton, James Wilkinson, Ben Hartshorne. Subs not used: Mark Morris, Jay Tomkins.

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