Away win for Seagulls
Weston took Boreham Wood’s unbeaten home record with a fine 1-0 victory at Meadow Park.
BOREHAM WOOD 0
WESTON became the first team to come away from Meadow Park this season with all three Blue Square South points and they also revenged their 4-2 defeat inflicted by Wood at home earlier in the season.
Speaking after their first-ever win in Hertfordshire, Weston chairman Paul Bliss told the Weston Mercury: “This was a solid win. As a team they played well, kept their shape well, defended brilliantly and with a little bit of luck in the second half might have scored another couple.”
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The win moves Weston back up to ninth in the table, three points below Wood, who have played two fewer games.
In the first half, Wood just about shaded the midfield play, but failed to penetrate Weston’s defence in numbers, their best effort coming on eight minutes when Weston keeper Lloyd Irish went full length to cut out David Hutton’s low cross as Omer Riza closed in.
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Chas Hemmings had the ball in the net for Weston on 14 minutes, but was just ruled offside and from a corner on 25 minutes, skipper Ben Kirk fired narrowly over. Then Bret Trowbridge forced a save from home keeper James Russell with a deflected shot.
The all-important goal came a minute before the interval when Ross Stearn cut in from the right and dribbled through the home defence before playing the ball across the penalty area to defender Pete Monks who beat Russell from six yards.
Before the whistle, there was still time for Monks to clear off his line with Irish beaten in a scramble as Wood forced a corner.
Early in the second half, Wood made a double substitution, bringing on Mario Noto and Greg Morgan for Hutton and Riza, but Weston should have scored again on 67 minutes when Dayle Grubb made a penetrating run on the left, cut inside, and fed the unmarked Hemmings, who unfortunately hurried his kick and fired hopelessly wide with only Russell to beat.
Wood made their final substitution bringing on substitute striker Inih Effiong for defender and captain Mark Jones and they piled on pressure on the Weston defence. Although they forced four more corners late on, their best effort fell to Noto’s free kick from just outside the Weston penalty area which Irish palmed to safety.
Two minutes from time, Trowbridge had a low effort turned behind by Russell from Stearn’s cross and in time added on, from another Wood corner, Graeme Montgomery forced a good save from Irish, while Cliff Akurang was off target with a header from a good position.
Goals: Weston, Monks (44).
Shots on target: Wood 3, Weston 3.
Shots off target: Wood 3, Weston 2.
Corners: Wood 8, Weston 4.
Offsides: Wood 3, Weston 1.
Free kicks conceded: Wood 5, Weston 17.
Referee: R Atkin. Good game.
Bookings: Weston, Price, Hemmings, Villis.
Weston squad: Irish, Price, Monks, Kington (Diallo 77), Villis, Laird, Stearn, Kirk, Hemmings, Grubb, Trowbridge. Subs (not used): Slocombe, Egan, Ingram, McClaggon.
ON Saturday, Weston are at home to Hornchurch. The sides played out a scoreless draw when they last met in Essex on September 1.
Hornchurch provided the opposition in Weston’s first game at the Woodspring Stadium in August 2004, the opening day of the first season of the Blue Square South when the result was a scoreless draw.