Seagulls prepared for ‘huge’ Concord clash

PUBLISHED: 16:07 06 January 2017

Weston striker Gethyn Hill. (Picture: Will.T.Photography)

Weston striker Gethyn Hill. (Picture: Will.T.Photography)

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Weston-super-Mare striker Gethyn Hill says the Seagulls have been working hard on the training pitch ahead of their ‘huge’ basement battle with Concord Rangers tomorrow (Saturday).

The Welshman has made a flying start to his Weston career with two goals in three games, including the winner against Truro City on Boxing Day.

After picking up seven points from a possible nine since Hill’s arrival at the Woodspring Stadium, Weston remain in the National League South relegation zone on goal difference – level on points with The Beach Boys who they face tomorrow– and they could climb as high as 15th in the table with a win.

Hill did not shy away from admitting the importance of the clash in Essex.

He said: “It’s huge, but our Christmas form shows how hard we’ve been working in training to turn the season around.

“We’ve got a lot of quality going forward and we’ve been solid at the back, so we’re looking to continue that going into tomorrow.”

The 21-year-old joined the Seagulls from Cinderford Town for an undisclosed fee in December after impressing in the Southern League South and West, and has shrugged off any pressure attached to his transfer.

“I’m enjoying it, settling in has been easy, there’s some good lads there and they’ve made the coming into a new team easy for me,” said Hill.

“It’s been tough adjusting to the difference in intensity between the leagues, but getting two goals since joining has eased any nerves that I had and given me a good platform to build on.

“I think there’s always high expectation when a new player comes in; the fact that a fee was involved shows the gaffer’s confidence in me.”

Hill’s addition to the squad has left veteran striker Kaid Mohamed struggling for first team opportunities, and the club announced today he has departed by mutual consent.

Weston boss Scott Bartlett said: “At 32, and with the Football League experience he has, I understand Kaid wants to be playing, and in fairness he should be at this level or above, given his ability.

“We were excited about him signing but it hasn’t worked out as we would have liked, but that happens sometimes.

“It was unfortunate that Kaid picked up a strain when he first signed and that coincided with the excellent form of Dayle Grubb, Brad Ash and Gethyn Hill, so he hasn’t featured as much as he would have liked.

“We have agreed to let him find another club and wish him good luck in the future.”

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