Weston-super-Mare pull clear of the drop zone after ‘excellent’ performance at Hampton and Richmond
PUBLISHED: 13:30 27 February 2017
Weston head coach Scott Bartlett has expressed pride at his side’s performance away at Hampton and Richmond on Saturday but says it was not a surprise with the quality in the team.
Goals from Jake Lee and Brad Ash sealed a 2-0 win at The Beveree Stadium and put a dent in their opposition’s play-off chase.
The day started well for the Seagulls and they took the lead after just 10 minutes.
Mohamed Chemlal’s inch perfect pass to Lee gave the front man time and space to pick his spot and he placed his shot into the corner.
Weston finished the half in control and even had chances to extend their lead with Ash going closest before the break.
But the second half saw the Seagulls having to defend resolutely – with Bartlett particularly impressed with his assistant Chris Barker, who plays at left back.
With the defence standing firm and Luke Purnell in goal capturing every cross which came at him, Weston were finally able to relax with four minutes left to play.
Dayle Grubb managed to escape his defender and played the ball into Ash. The on-loan Barnsley striker controlled the ball exquisitely and his shot came off the crossbar and into the back of the net, to seal all three points for the Seagulls.
Bartlett told the Mercury he was ‘proud to put his name to that performance’, with the Seagulls now seven points clear of the drop zone with two games in hand on many of their rivals.
He said: “To a man we were excellent. I think we got it spot on tactically and I am very proud of the players.
“I don’t like to single people out but Chris Barker was absolutely immense, especially when we were under pressure at the start of the second half.
“It was a great result of course but maybe not so much of a surprise given the quality we now have.
“Our energy levels and desire are now so high that anyone who wants to beats us knows they have to be prepared and run and work hard for 95 minutes.
“That was certainly a performance I am proud to put my name to.”
Bartlett has been one of the names in the frame for the vacant Eastleigh manager role but he told the Mercury there has been no approach from the National League Club, as far as he is aware.
Weston now have four home games in a row, starting with Oxford City making the trip to The Woodspring Stadium on Saturday.
Kick-off is at 3pm and for all the latest post-match reaction and a full match report, keep an eye on www.westonmercury.co.uk/sport