‘There was a half-smile’ from four-goal hero Dayle Grubb, jokes Weston-super-Mare head coach
PUBLISHED: 13:30 12 April 2017
Weston head coach Scott Bartlett heaped praise on forward Dayle Grubb after his four goals sealed an impressive 5-0 win over bottom side Bishop’s Stortford, insisting the playmaker even cracked half a smile after the match.
The Seagulls started Saturday’s match strongly and took the lead after just eight minutes.
A short corner from Grubb found Brad Ash who played the ball back to the forward who slotted home with ease.
Grubb then added a second just five minutes later. Danny Greenslade broke free on the left and found Grubb in space and he made no mistake with another good finish.
The headline-maker was to get his hat-trick within half an hour when he burst forward from a half-hearted Bishops backline and picked his spot from just outside the box.
The second half then started as the first ended and it was Grubb again who earned the plaudits once again just three minutes in.
He ran through beating Emmanuel Adebowale and Darren Purse on his way and added his fourth with ease, celebrating in front of the home fans.
It was to get worse for the visitors as they then had two players sent off in quick succession.
Captain Darren Purse and Jack Williams were both given their marching orders for two bookable offences and Weston soon took advantage.
An excellent cross from Jason Pope found substitute Jake Reid who expertly headed home to ensure the Seagulls now sit seven points clear of the relegation zone.
Bartlett told the Mercury it was a great day for the club but now he wants to focus on ensuring the club is playing National League South football again next season.
He said: “I am delighted for the lads as we have had a good response from the little bit of a dip we had. They have kept the belief and kept the faith and believed in what we are doing.
“Today it was important we started well and we did that. We’re really happy for the lads and the supporters but there is still work to be done yet. We’re building and are a work in progress.
“We have had to do it as we go along and there have been ups and downs along the way but we are looking forward to getting safe and finishing with a real good end to the season. We can then tweak our squad in the summer and be ready.
“I don’t want to be playing the fifth to last game of the season and needing three points to stay up. I don’t want the club to settle for that and I want us to push on together.”
The head coach also joked about Grubb’s apparent lack of cheer but said he will be a big part of future plans.
He said: “If Dayle is ever happy, I think that is it today. He has had half a smile in there and asked for the match ball.
“He is a match-winner and has been outstanding since I have come in. Really, his quality showed today. He could have had some more. He has been here forever and he must be fed up of finishing 17th and 18th and we want to build something more than just staying up and he will be a big part of that.”
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