MATCH REPORT: Weston-super-Mare one step closer to National League South safety after 3-1 win relegates Margate

PUBLISHED: 17:18 14 April 2017 | UPDATED: 17:18 14 April 2017

The Woodspring Stadium today (Friday).

The Woodspring Stadium today (Friday).

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Weston-super-Mare will have to wait at least another two days before they can officially secure National League South status for another season, despite relegating Margate today (Friday) with a 3-1 win.

The Seagulls travel to St Albans on Monday but now sit seven points clear of the drop zone with three games still to play.

The pay a £1 initiative at Weston brought with it an excellent atmosphere and the in-form Dayle Grubb gave the home crowd something to cheer about after just three minutes.

His excellent free-kick found the bottom corner, for the forward’s fifth goal in two games.

Grubb was like a man possessed and keen to add to his impressive tally as he burst forward just minutes later but James Rogers managed to clear the effort away well.

Despite dominating the first half, Weston were pegged back on 18 minutes with the visitors’ first chance of the game, which gave them some hope to staving off the seemingly inevitable.

Michael Thalassitis latched on to a free-kick and headed home, beating Purnell with ease.

It was poor defending from the Seagulls who then looked slightly ropey on the ball and struggled to string passes together.

But it was a moment of brilliance which gave the Seagulls the lead again seven minutes later. Ashley Kington played in Brad Ash with a sublime ball from the left hand side, which set the on-loan Barnsley striker free. Ash made no mistake and slotted home.

It was to get better for the forward – and for Weston – when on 36 minutes, Chris Sessegnon clumsily went in on Gethyn Hill in the box. The referee had no hesitation in pointing to the spot and it was Ash who calmly scored the penalty past Jonathan Miles.

The second half started much the same, with the Seagulls continuing to dominate. Grubb and Ash both went close early on, with Purnell barely called into action.

That was largely thanks to some resolute defending when just before the hour Margate finally enjoyed a spell of possession. However, Dave Martin could not get past Jason Pope and vented his frustrations as the Seagulls continued to force the visitors higher up the pitch.

A defensive mix-up did almost narrow the home side’s lead when Martin attempted to volley home, only for Purnell to try and parry the ball away. But he lost control and Dean Morgan latched onto the loose ball but after some comical clearances, Aden Baldwin finally steered the ball away to safety.

But it was not to be for the visitors who have now officially been relegated, with Weston now surely just a formality away from safety.

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