Away point for the Seagulls

Weston picked up their second Blue Square South point of the season away at AFC Hornchurch.



IN a game dominated by defences, Weston picked up their second Blue Square South point of the season, but there was little good football to enthuse the 245-strong crowd at Bridge Avenue.

Unfortunately, there is little atmosphere in the ground as the playing pitch is surrounded by an athletics running track and the grass was on the long side, resulting in a bumpy surface, making ground play difficult for both sides.

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Matt Villis returned from injury after missing Bank Holiday Monday’s game against Truro and the defence looked stronger, giving little to the home attack.

For Weston, midfielder Nabi Diallo gave a man of the match display, working tirelessly to set up front men Kane Ingram and Chas Hemmings, but the home defence was equally hard to break down.

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The Hornchurch attack was best served by Lewis Smith who was just over from a 30-yard free kick in the opening minutes and later gave two easy saves to Weston keeper Lloyd Irish.

The home side’s best chance fell to Martin Tuohy who was put clear of the Weston defence by Smith, but his lob from the edge of the penalty area was off target.

Weston’s best effort fell to Jamie Price who had a low effort blocked by a packed defence in the first half.

Near the end, Smith forced a smart save from Irish and in five minutes of added on time, Hornchurch forced two corners, Irish turning Smith’s effort behind from the first and Tuohy wasting the second by firing over.


Shots on target: Hornchurch 4, Weston 0.

Shots off target: Hornchurch 6, Weston 2.

Corners: Hornchurch 4, Weston 6.

Offsides: Hornchurch 4, Weston 5.

Free kicks conceded: Hornchurch 11, Weston 13.

Referee: Lee Betts (Norwich). Good game.

Bookings: Hornchurch, Tuohy, Cutler. Weston, Villis, Trowbridge.

Attendance: 245.

Weston squad: Irish, Price, Monks, Kington, Villis, Jamie Laird, Diallo. Trowbriddge, Hemmings, Ingram (Stern 85), Pepperell. Subs (not used): Slocombe, Grubb, McGregor, Callum Laird.

WESTON have another home Blue Square South game on Saturday when Surrey-based Sutton United provide the opposition (3pm).

Nabi Diallo’s younger brother Ibraham is a member of the Great Britain paralympic seven-a-side football squad. Unfortunately, they lost 3-0 to Brazil in their opening game.

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