MATCH REPORT: Weston-super-Mare beaten 4-1 at home to Havant and Waterlooville

PUBLISHED: 17:33 02 September 2017 | UPDATED: 17:33 02 September 2017

The players walk out against Havant and Waterlooville this afternoon (Saturday).

The players walk out against Havant and Waterlooville this afternoon (Saturday).

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Weston-super-Mare were taught a lesson by early promotion contenders Havant and Waterlooville today (Saturday) as they lost 4-1 at The Woodspring Stadium.

And the visitors got off to the perfect start when Jason Prior scored his fifth goal in eight games after just 54 seconds.

The Weston defence was non-existent and Prior, full of confidence, slid the ball past Luke Purnell with ease.

But the Seagulls did not let the early blow affect them and started to assert themselves, despite going behind so early.

Ashley Kington and Jacob Cane linked up well with Dayle Grubb to force a corner for the home side but Jake Reid could not beat the defender to the ball.

However, it was only to get worse for the Seagulls just before the 15 minute mark, when Rory Williams stepped up and scored an excellent free kick from just outside the box.

Purnell was only able to watch as it sailed into the top corner.

Just minutes later and experienced midfielder – and former Yeovil Town player - Wes Fogden nearly made it 3-0 as he burst through and shot from distance, but his finish could only sail just wide of the post.

It was Williams who was at it again 10 minutes later as he played in Theo Lewis who made no mistake as he latched on to the loose ball and gave his side a three-goal advantage at the break

The Seagulls really struggled to string together passes but Cane was the bright spark in the middle of the park and at the heart of any attacking play from Weston.

But other than that, it was a half to forget for the home side who were outplayed in all areas of the pitch.

Marc McGregor’s team talk seemed to have worked as less than a minute in to the second half, it was Weston’s turn to score early. Jacob Cane – who was excellent all game– slid past the defence and placed the ball past Young.

Weston then had a glorious chance to add to their tally.

Cane, again, was at the heart of it and played in Jake Reid in the box.

All the striker had to was hit it and it would have been 3-2. However, he completely mis-hit it.

And then the visitors broke away and Williams took full advantage. He beat Luke Purnell and hit it in to the bottom right hand corner, leaving Weston with a mountain to climb once again.

The home side did have their chances to reduce the deficit with Ben Seymour and Grubb going close but it was a resounding victory, which leaves Havant and Waterlooville two points of the top of the National League South, and Weston two points from safety.

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