A season to forget for the Seagulls

SUPPORTERS of Weston Football Club will want to forget the past Blue Square South season where the team finished one from bottom of the table  with a meagre 23 points from five wins and eight draws.

SUPPORTERS of Weston Football Club will want to forget the past Blue Square South season where the team finished one from bottom of the table with a meagre 23 points from five wins and eight draws.

In their 42 league games, they scored 46 goals but shipped a massive 93, which included the 6-0 trouncing at Havant and Waterlooville, their biggest defeat for 36 years when they went down by a similar score to Keynsham Town in the Western League. That defeat led to the departure of manager Andy Gurney, who was replaced by youth team coach Ryan Northmore for the final two games.

During the season they used 38 players, far too many to establish any pattern of consistency, bringing in loan players who, on the whole, were a big disappointment, the one exception being Dave Gilroy, who scored seven times in seven appearances, but unfortunately he wanted to return to Newport County who were crowned champions of the division.

The one bright aspect to the season was the emergence of youth team players who were thrown in at the deep end through injury, suspension and loan players leaving the club, and acquitted themselves well. These youngsters are the future of the club and supporters will certainly see more of Josh Evans, Jake Mawford, Ben Sheppard, Jake Harris, Rhys Farmer, Mason Gardener and Ryan Hodrien next season.

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In August, Weston picked up their first point with a 1-1 draw at home to Woking and their first win, 3-0 against Weymouth. September saw Weston record their second win, 3-1 over Worcester City and they drew their next game 1-1 at Bromley.

Their successes in October were a 3-2 win over Lewes and a scoreless draw at Maidenhead, while in November they beat Dover Athletic 3-1 at home and drew 2-2 at Chelmsford City. Weston lost all four games in December and the two games they managed to get in during January's bad weather.

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During February, Weston managed three draws, 2-2 against Eastleigh, 1-1 against Basingstoke and 1-1 against Hampton and Richmond, all at home, and they started March with a 3-3 draw, this time against Bromley, their only success of the month.

Their last success of the league season was a 2-1 win at Weymouth, with Jermaine Clarke scoring twice in the last five minutes.

In the FA Cup, Weston went out at the first hurdle, 1-0 to Havant and Waterlooville in the second qualifying round, 3-1 to Carshalton Athletic in a replay of the third qualifying round of the FA Trophy, and a near full-strength side lost 3-1 to Frome Town in the Somerset Premier Cup.

Darren Mullings and Dave Gilroy, who played only seven games, were leading scorers with seven each, Gilroy notching a hat-trick against Lewes. Ash Holgate, Ben Cleverley and Jermaine Clarke notched four each, Clayton Fortune, Marc McGregor and Jack Compton, before going to Falkirk in Scotland, scored three each, Josh Klein-Davies two, and other scorers were Adi Harris, Ben Joyce, Andy Gurney, Josh Evans and Jake Harris.

Speaking to the Weston Mercury last week, club chairman Paul Bliss commented: "We have had an excellent response to our advertisement for a new manager with several quality applicants with a good knowledge of the local football scene. We will be holding interviews during the week commencing May 11 and an announcement made as soon as possible of the successful candidate.

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