Seagulls defeated by needless late penalty
PUBLISHED: 12:47 17 April 2006 | UPDATED: 09:10 24 May 2010
A MOMENT of indiscipline two minutes from time cost Weston a possible share of the Conference South points against their playoff hopefuls visitors from Hampshire. After conceding two early goals, they dominated
Weston-s-Mare 1 Havant & Waterlooville 3A MOMENT of indiscipline two minutes from time cost Weston a possible share of the Conference South points against their playoff hopefuls visitors from Hampshire. After conceding two early goals, they dominated the second half of a game controlled by a strong wind that blew the length of the pitch and pulled a goal back, but then threw it away by conceding an unnecessary penalty.Speaking afterwards, a disappointed Weston manager Frank Gregan said: "There was only one team in it for the second half against a physical squad, but then we gave them the points on a plate. There was no need for Lee Jarman to commit the foul and frankly if I were the referee I would have sent him off."Weston went into the game without Mark McKeever, who intends to return to Ireland later this year, and was transferred to Gloucester City, so Justin Pritchard started in central midfield, just behind strikers Marvin Brown and John Williams, while Craig Mawford and Darren Hawkins started in midfield and Craig Rand returned to the defence.Lewis Hogg was also an absentee, thanks to the midweek ankle injury, but the outlook is much brighter and he may return in the next week or so.With the wind at their backs, the Hawks got off to a cracking start, Richard Pacquette fed Rocky Baptiste who laid off for Brett Poate to force the game's first corner inside the first minute. When Poate's flag kick was not properly cleared, the former Weymouth midfielder Tony Taggart beat Ryan Northmore from 18 yards.The pacey Pacquette forced a splendid save from Northmore as he flashed past the home defence, but the Hawks went further in front on 20 minutes when Fitzroy Simpson's cross from the left was turned back across goal by Tom Jordan and when Pacquette's effort was blocked, Baptiste beat Northmore with a header.As Weston came to terms with the conditions, the forced the first of three corners on 23 minutes and in their best spell, Brown headed Hawkins' cross over the bar and Williams fired into the side netting.Early in the second half, the Hawks forced successive corners, but then Weston got into their stride, Pritchard forcing a good save from keeper Gareth Howells and their best chance fell on 56 minutes when Brown, put through by Williams, shook off the attentions of Jordan, but his shot rolled just feet wide of the far post with Howells beaten.Weston were thrown a lifeline on 58 minutes when Williams chased Rand's long clearance down the right. Defender Luke Byles got to the ball first, but under pressure from Williams, fired past Howells, who had come off his line, from 15 yards.Weston then made a treble substitution, taking off Pritchard, Mawford and Hawkins and bringing on Andy Robertson, Scott Walker and teenager Matthew Fisher for his first taste of senior football.The Hawks were pinned in their own half with Walker, in particular, causing problems down the left, but two minutes from time, in a Hawks' attack, Jarman fouled Baptiste and Hawks' leading scorer sent Northmore the wrong way from the penalty spot.On Wednesday evening, Weston went down 3-0 to visitors Yeading. They conceded a goal early in the first half and then two goals inside a minute completed their misery.FOR Weston's last Conference South away game of the season, against St Alban's on April 29, the Supporters' Club are hopeful of running a coach.It will leave the Woodspring Stadium at 9.30am and to book seats, priced £15 for adults and £5 for under 16, ring John Sedgebeer on 823736.