Seagulls crash to fourth successive defeat

PUBLISHED: 12:08 24 April 2006 | UPDATED: 09:11 24 May 2010

Weston-s-Mare 2 Sutton Utd 3

Weston-s-Mare 2 Sutton Utd 3

DESPITE giving a much better performance than against Yeading, Weston slumped to their fourth successive Conference South defeat, again to a side they had

DESPITE giving a much better performance than against Yeading, Weston slumped to their fourth successive Conference South defeat, again to a side they had beaten in Surrey earlier in the season and who are also below them in the table.At times, they played some lovely flowing one-touch football and, when they took the lead minutes into the second half, they looked like winners, but then more poor defending gifted Sutton their first win since February.Lewis Hogg started on the bench, and with John Williams an absentee, Justin Pritchard led the attack with Marvin Brown, while Darren Hawkins was on the left of midfield.Sutton relied on long clearances out of defence to set up attacks, with their midfield up in support, and they forced the first of five corners on 13 minutes. Three minutes later they came close when wing-back Matt Grey found leading scorer Luke Cornwell with a huge clearance, but Ryan Northmore was quickly off his line to deal with the situation.Sutton took the lead on 26 minutes when Grey exchanged passes with Cornwall and hooked the ball past Northmore from six yards. Ten minutes later, Brown's cross was turned behind for Weston's only corner of the game and, when it was not properly cleared, Brown was just off target with a bicycle kick.Weston drew level on 40 minutes when Matt Rose freed Hawkins on the left. He was brought down by Grey and Walker beat keeper Carl Emberson from the penalty spot. A minute later Pritchard forced a good save from Emberson.Minutes into the second half Sutton forced another corner, but straight from the clearance Hawkins made ground and fed Brown who put Andy Robertson in space to score his first goal of the season with a low shot through Emberson's legs.Sutton were back on terms on 72 minutes when a free kick was not cleared, Michael Gordon beating Northmore with a low shot in a crowded penalty area.Hogg replaced Pritchard on 80 minutes, with Jon French going up front to join Brown, and Bradley Thomas took over from Walker. But Sutton claimed all three points on 84 minutes when another long clearance found Cornwall wide on the right. He skipped past Lee Jarman and lobbed Northmore, who had come off his line to narrow the angle, from the edge of the penalty area.After the game, the club made a presentation to referee Mike Hawken, from St Austell, who has reached the retirement age and was officiating at his last game at this level.

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