Derby delight for rampant Seagulls in 4-2 win over Bath City
PUBLISHED: 15:02 31 January 2018 | UPDATED: 15:02 31 January 2018
Weston-super-Mare completed a league double over Bath City for the first time, thumping their Somerset rivals 4-2 at the Woodspring Stadium last night (Tuesday).
The Seagulls bossed the rearranged fixture in its entirety, with strikes from Shaquille Hunter, Jake Lee, Gethyn Hill and a calamitous Jack Batten own goal giving the Seagulls the points.
Second-half goals from Tom Smith and Ryan Case proved mere consolation for the Romans, who were leapfrogged in the National League South table by Marc McGregor’s now 10th-placed side.
McGregor’s side sit just four points adrift of a play-off berth, with games in hand on many of the sides above them.
The Weston boss made a single change to the side defeated 2-1 by Wealdstone on Saturday, with Ash Harper returning from suspension in place of Ash Kington.
And the Seagulls swiftly dispelled any woes remaining from Saturday’s reverse at Grosvenor Vale, racing into a 12th-minute lead, with Hunter netting his first goal for the club. The former Bristol Rovers winger chested down Danny Greenslade’s cross at the far post before unleashing a fierce half-volley into the corner.
In a game lacking the intensity of a derby match, with Bath boss Jerry Gill admitting his team were below par, Weston cashed in and doubled their advantage on the half-hour, with Greenslade again the provider.
The left-back was played in by Jason Pope, and his cut back deceived the defence, allowing Lee to fire home at the second attempt.
The visitors started the second half with the impetus, and pulled a goal back within three minutes. Former Seagull Ross Stearn was unlucky to see a vicious free kick hit the underside of the bar, but Smith was on hand to follow up.
But Weston re-established their two-goal cushion 25 minutes from time after Tristan Plummer was felled in the area by Case, and Hill sent a nonchalant spot kick past Luke Southwood.
And the keeper’s night worsened with a comical own goal in the 90th minute, as Batten’s attempted back pass found the unguarded net to the delight of the home support.
Case pulled one back in the dying moments, but many of the travelling fans had embarked on their journey home by then.
The Seagulls travel to bottom side Whitehawk on Saturday, hoping to bolster their promotion chances.