Weston-super-Mare Football Club is in a ‘good place’ ahead of Bath City visit this weekend

PUBLISHED: 12:51 01 February 2017 | UPDATED: 13:18 01 February 2017

Scott Bartlett in the Oxford dugout. Picture: Will T Photography

Scott Bartlett in the Oxford dugout. Picture: Will T Photography

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Weston need ‘four to six more wins’ to ensure National League South safety this season, according to head coach Scott Bartlett, after their impressive 2-0 win at the weekend saw them put some breathing space between them and the relegation zone.

Ben Gerring has travelled with the Weston-super-Mare squad to Whitehawk for this afternoon's match.Ben Gerring has travelled with the Weston-super-Mare squad to Whitehawk for this afternoon's match.

Two second-half goals from Brad Ash and Dayle Grubb sealed victory for the Seagulls at Whitehawk on Saturday and they now sit in 15th place – six points clear of the drop zone.

Ahead of the game Weston added a central defender to their squad, with experienced Torquay United player Ben Gerring making his way to Somerset on an initial month loan deal.
Head coach Scott Bartlett believes the 26-year-old will provide some useful experience for his youthful squad.

He said: “We have felt for some time that if the right player became available we would look to add a defender to our group.

“We have been an injury or suspension away from being a little short in that area,

“Ben has lots of experience, knows the level and is a bit unlucky to find himself out of favour currently at Torquay.

“We have another important run of games ahead of us and this gives us options, cover and competition across the back line ”

Gerring, who is 6ft 3ins, started out at Plymouth Argyle and has also played for Hayes & Yeading United, Cambridge City and Gosport Borough.

He made his debut at the weekend in what was an impressive defensive performance from Bartlett’s side.

But the head coach is keen the team do not get carried away and told the Mercury one or two bad results could drag the Seagulls right back into the relegation mire.

He said: “We are very strong at the moment and we are in a good place. We played really well on Saturday and dominated for 90 minutes.

“Particularly in the second half, they just could not get near us. I am really pleased for the lads as it was a long journey.

“But they enjoy travelling together now and one of our main strengths is our brilliant team spirit.

“We now must not get comfortable as that is the worst thing we could do. This league can punish you and one or two bad results can drag you right back in it.

“Four more wins would take us to 40 points which I think could keep us up this year, but we are more likely to need six.

“So that is our priority now, to get those wins as soon as possible.”

Weston host Bath City on Saturday and the local derby match excites Bartlett and his squad.

Bartlett said it is the game all the players want to play in and win.

He said: “It is a great game to have and we have not played at home in a month so it will be really nice to be back out there.

“The substitutes who came on Saturday have given me a lot to think about so the whole squad has a chance to play in the game.”

Bath sit in ninth place in the table and nine points ahead of Weston, which makes it the perfect opportunity for the Seagulls to close that gap.

Bartlett added: “All the signings we have made are in anticipation of next season too, so we want to make sure we stay in the league and continue looking forward.”

Weston’s match at The Woodspring Stadium will kick off at 3pm.

For a full match report and an exclusive interview with Bartlett, log onto www.westonmercury.co.uk/sport on Saturday.

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