Ashley’s late goal earns three points

A goal in time added on by Ashley Kington earned three points for Weston.

WESTON-S-MARE 3

EASTBOURNE BOROUGH 2

A GOAL deep in added on time at the end of an entertaining Blue Square South game gave a battling Weston three more valuable points and lifted them into 12th spot in the table.

In a game full of flowing football, Weston twice had to come from behind and then claim their second league win in the space of seven days with the last kick of the game.


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The Seagulls welcomed back influential central defender Mat Villis from injury, but were missing loan signing Manny Parry, who had an outstanding game at Havant and Waterlooville, but unfortunately suffered a slight knock in that game and was not allowed to play by Stoke City.

Weston started brightly, man of the match Nabi Diallo having an effort turned behind on three minutes and nine minutes later, Chas Hemmings having a fine effort turned behind by visiting keeper Nick Jordan.

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Against the run of play, Eastbourne took the lead on 19 minutes when Gary Hart knocked down a high cross by Ben Adiesbury for Simon Johnson to fire past Lloyd Irish from 10 yards.

As Weston fought back, Kane Ingram had a good effort on target and they equalised on 29 minutes when, following good interplay between Ingram and skipper Ben Kirk on the right, Diallo beat Jordan with a fierce drive from 15 yards.

Before the interval, Diallo was just over from Pete Monks’ free kick, Villis was over from an Ingram and Ingram forced a decent save from Jordan.

Four minutes into the second half, Eastbourne regained the lead when Johnson and Hart combined to set up David Knight to score.

However, the lead lasted barely two minutes as Ross Stearn sprinted along the by-line on he left and beat Jordan from close range.

Eastbourne tried hard for a winner, forcing a couple of late corners and Michael Noone testing Irish. With 90 minutes played, the game looked to be heading for a draw, but Weston substitute Jamie Price burst down the right and crossed for Hemmings to flick on for substitute Ashley Kington to score over Jordan’s head.

WESTON STATS

Goals: Weston, Diallo (29), Stearn (51), Kington (90 + 4). Eastbourne, Johnson (19), Knight (49).

Shots on target: Weston 5, Eastbourne 4.

Shots off target: Weston 5, Eastbourne 2.

Corners: Weston 2, Eastbourne 3.

Offside: Weston 2, Eastbourne 2.

Free kicks conceded: Weston 9, Eastbourne 13.

Referee: Colin Lymer (Basingstoke). Good game.

Bookings: Weston, Trowbridge.

Attendance: 236.

Weston squad: Irish, Slocombe, Monks (Price 77), Diallo, Villis, Laird, Stearn, Kirk (Kington 80), Trowbridge, Ingram (Pepperell 73). Subs (not used): Grubb, McClaggon.

ON Saturday, Weston are back on FA Cup duty with �7,500 waiting for the winners of the third qualifying round as Weston entertain Blue Square North Worcester City. If a replay will be necessary it will be played at St Georges Lane on Tuesday, October 9 (7.45pm).

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