Battling Seagulls earn draw at Salisbury
PUBLISHED: 09:03 02 January 2007 | UPDATED: 10:23 24 May 2010
WESTON claimed another valuable Conference South point with a battling performance against sixth-placed Salisbury, but they used up a huge slice of luck
Salisbury City 0 Weston-s-Mare 0WESTON claimed another valuable Conference South point with a battling performance against sixth-placed Salisbury, but they used up a huge slice of luck.Salisbury, after their heroics against Notts Forest in the FA Cup and since then, beating Nationwide Conference Woking away in the FA Trophy, went into the game missing suspended leading scorer Matt Tubbs and then, after only four minutes of play, lost his replacement Paul Sales with a nasty mouth injury sustained in a clash of heads with Gary Thorne.To top it all, the home side squandered the game's best chance when they fired wide from the penalty spot in the second half.Weston went into the game without suspended skipper Matt Rose and Scott Walker was on the substitutes' bench along with new signing from Paulton Rovers Nick Bunyard, Andy Robertson and Mike Hudson.Home keeper Ryan Clarke was tested by Craig Loxton's free kick in the first minute and a minute later, a promising move involving Rodrigo Turnes and Gareth Hopkins was halted by an offside flag. Turnes had an effort go across the face of the home goal on 13 minutes, only to drift wide of the far pos.It took Salisbury, roared on by a 996-strong crowd, 25 minutes to register their first shot on target, an easy save for Ryan Northmore from substitute Declan McGregor and although they forced two corners late in the half, Northmore remained untroubled.The home goal was given a scare on 48 minutes when Clarke did well to palm away Turnes effort, but after that Salisbury, playing into their favourite end, dominated, forcing two more corners and rarely letting Weston out of their own half, but destpite all this, they failed to break down the Weston defence with Craig Rand, Lee Jarman, Thorne and Turnes outstanding. Salisbury had a great chance on 69 minutes when Rob Matthews, in front of an open goal, failed to connect with Luke Prince's low cross and three minutes later, thanks to the baying from a packed stand behind the Weston goal, they were awarded a penalty by a weak referee, and Jarman picked up a booking for pointing out the errors of the official's way, when Wayne Turk fell over when challenged by Loxton, but Matthews sent the spot kick nearer the corner flag than the back of Northmore's net.