Report by James Franklin , Reporter
Friday, April 20, 2012
WESTON showed ‘green shoots of recovery’ in their weekend draw against Tonbridge Angels, insists boss Craig Laird.
Following the 2-2 result at the Woodspring Stadium, Laird said the club’s last two matches would be used to gain momentum for next season’s promotion push.
He added that the club would look to retain all of its current playing squad, and that he was ‘desperate’ to add at least two or three new players over the summer.
For Saturday’s Blue Square South match Laird shuffled his pack, bringing Brett Trowbridge back into midfield and Marcus Duharty and Nabi Diallo leading the attack.
Weston endured the worst possible start against Angels on Saturday, going behind after just 10 seconds without even a touch of the ball.
Straight from the kick-off, Mikel Suarez and Frannie Collin combined to set up Chris Piper to open the scoring.
Buoyed by this early success Tonbridge pressed on and looked to overrun Weston, but the Seagulls rallied before half-time.
Duharty had the ball in the Tonbridge net on 29 minutes after outjumping Ben Judge but that was pulled back for an earlier offside.
Weston were finally rewarded on 35 minutes when after good work from Dayle Grubb and Nabi Diallo, Duharty beat keeper Lee Worgan.
The second half was evenly matched, with both sides having efforts on goal, but it was Tonbridge who took the lead again through the league’s leading scorer Frannie Collin, who nipped in to beat Lloyd Irish from close range.
But Weston again recovered and on 71 minutes equalised for a second time when Grubb put in Kane Ingram to beat Worgan.
Laird was pleased with his team’s reaction, saying: “We’re four games unbeaten now in the league and are starting to show green shoots of recovery.
“We had a good spell earlier on in the season, then a bad one, and now we’re looking to get some momentum built before the start of next season.
“We’re desperate to bring in two to three new players, and that’s something we’ll look to do when the season ends.”
He added that all of the club’s current players would be offered new deals in the summer.
Weston face Staines Town in their final away Blue Square South match of the season on Saturday.