Winless Weston throw away two-goal lead
PUBLISHED: 15:13 13 August 2018
Weston’s winless run in the National League South continued on Saturday, giving away a two-goal lead to lose 3-2 to St Albans City at the Woodspring Stadium.
The Seagulls held a handsome lead inside 25 minutes, but sloppy defending and a failure to convert their chances saw the Hertfordshire outfit head home with three points in the bag.
George Nurse and Jarrad Welch netted super strikes, but Raltston Gabriel’s deft finish and a Zane Banton double condemned Marc McGregor’s side to defeat.
The Weston boss told of his ‘disappointment’ after the game, but believes his side improved from their first two league outings – a 4-1 defeat at Wealdstone and a 1-1 draw with Truro City.
He said: “We did enough to win the game. Even at 2-2 we’ve had chances to put them to bed.
“We were a lot better today, but defensively individuals let us down. We’re not at panic stations, we’ve been here before and the group know what’s expected.
“We’ve had a really good chat and it’s time to stick together – we played some really good football.”
The Seagulls took the lead on 17 minutes when Nurse, on loan from Bristol City, was played in by Gethyn Hill and the left-back skimmed a shot off the sodden surface into the net from 20 yards.
Pressure continued to mount from the home side and a second goal followed six minutes later. Welch saw a fearsome drive well saved by Dean Snedker, but the ball fortuitously rebounded to his path and the Welshman sent an exquisite bending shot into the top corner from the edge of the box.
But it took just three minutes for the Hertfordshire side to hit back through Banton who slammed into the corner from range to shift the pattern of the game.
And the Saints were level with six first half minutes remaining, carving the Seagulls open in route-one fashion. A long punt from Snedker caught out the Weston defence, and the speedy Gabriel raced in and prodded past the onrushing Luke Purnell.
Both sides saw efforts cleared off the line early in the second stanza, and Hill and Eli Phipps failed to convert close-range chances for Weston – the latter seeing his six-yard smash crash the crossbar.
And thee Seagulls were made to pay with 18 minutes remaining as Banton doubled his tally for the afternoon, slotting home from Ben Wyatt’s cross to complete the comeback – leaving Weston with just one point from three games.