Weston come from behind to claim first win of the season as they defeat Gloucester City 2-1
PUBLISHED: 21:55 15 August 2017 | UPDATED: 22:45 15 August 2017
Weston-super-Mare sealed their first win of the National League South season as they came from a goal down at home to Gloucester City, thanks to finishes from Jake Lee and Dayle Grubb.
Kieran Parselle had given the Tigers the lead with an unbelievable first-half strike but Lee’s excellent finish and Grubb’s deflected free-kick sealed new manager Marc McGregor’s first three points of the campaign.
Gloucester City started the match the better, forcing two quick-fire early saves from Luke Purnell.
The Seagulls were looking shaky at the back, with Edward Williams’ set-pieces within the first five minutes causing the defence all sorts of problems but they managed to stand strong, despite some clumsy challenges from Jake Mawford.
But Mawford nearly made up for his indifferent start after 11 minutes.
Ashley Kington won the ball well in midfield and his inch-perfect ball to Dayle Grubb on the left flank set the playmaker on his way.
He found Mawford in the box but his shot was well saved by Gloucester’s Alex Harris.
After an extensive stoppage, Gloucester City took the lead.
Goalkeeper Luke Purnell looked to be struggling with an injury and stayed down for a couple of minutes.
However, after some treatment he was back on his feet and no sooner than he was back between the sticks, was he picking the ball out of his net.
Kieran Parsell struck an absolutely stunning finish into the top right hand corner, giving his side the lead in some style.
The goal seemed to give Weston some impetus and Mawford, Plummer and Grubb all went close as the half-hour mark approached.
But it was Jake Lee who got off the mark for Weston against the side who wanted to sign him in the summer.
Some excellent build-up play from Grubb and Plummer found Lee in space and he hammered the ball past Harris with an excellent first touch and gave the Seagulls a deserved equaliser.
Weston ended the first half strongly and Mawford should have given the home side the lead in added time.
He pushed forward and had time and space in the box but he shot wide from 12 yards.
The Seagulls started the second half as they ended the first, and Tristan Plummer’s excellent run resulted in a free-kick on the right flank just a minute in.
But Danny Greenslade’s delivery was poor and it was a wasted opportunity for the Seagulls.
It took until the 76th minute for Weston to take the lead and it was through their star man Dayle Grubb.
The midfielder’s free-kick looked to have been mis-hit but it took a heavy deflection past Harris sparking celebrations for the home side.
But it wasn’t to end with all smiles as Jarrad Welch was sent off late on.
His tackle on Kieran Thomas was clumsy and cynical and the referee had no choice but to send the young forward off.
But Weston are up and running in the National League South ahead of Saturday’s visit to Bognor Regis Town.