'It was nice to reward the fans as they have stuck with us' says Weston-super-Mare head coach after Seagulls finish season on a high
PUBLISHED: 12:30 03 May 2017
Weston head coach Scott Bartlett was pleased to send the dozens of supporters who made the long trip to Hemel Hempstead home happy, saying it was a reward for their loyalty throughout the season.
The Seagulls travelled to the South East on Saturday with nothing to play for, but a 15th place finish.
However, they turned on the style at Vauxhall Road, sealing an impressive 5-0 win.
A first half strike from Danny Greenslade gave the visitors a slender advantage at the break, before the floodgates opened in the second half.
Ashley Kington scored his first goal of the season with an excellent strike from distance, followed by two quick-fire goals from Brad Ash.
The striker capitalised on some questionable defending and caught Jamie Butcher off his line and rounded the keeper to put the match beyond doubt.
Just minutes later, he was fouled in the box and neatly converted the resulting penalty.
It was not to end there, though, as playmaker Jacob Cane got in on the scoring action, putting away his third goal of the season – and Weston’s fifth of the afternoon.
Bartlett told the Mercury he was pleased to see Cane on the scoresheet, particularly with top-scorer Dayle Grubb missing the game through injury.
He said: “We have strength in depth and we changed it a bit putting three at the back and five in midfield and kept two up front, which has worked ever so well for us.
“The goals have been spread out to a certain degree but when you have people like that scoring in the double figures and in the 20s and beyond, it is hard for the others to catch them.
“It was nice for Caney to pop up today as he does a lot of work which goes unnoticed.”
It has been a mixed season for the Seagulls, with spells of both excellent and dismal form.
Having been top of the league after four matches, Weston then went on to lose eight matches in a row, which ultimately cost Ryan Northmore his job.
With the side in the relegation zone, Bartlett was appointed as the club’s new head coach and has overseen a turnaround in form, which saw the Seagulls finish 12-points above the drop zone.
More than 40 fans made the 300-mile round trip to Hemel at the weekend and the head coach told the Mercury he appreciates the support since he took over the job.
Bartlett said: “The supporters have stuck with us during our few rough patches and they have been excellent. It was nice for them to be rewarded for travelling all this way in their numbers.”
Weston now travel to Bridgwater Town tomorrow (Friday) in the Somerset Premier Cup final against Taunton Town.