Battling Seasiders pick up another point
PUBLISHED: 19:08 05 January 2007 | UPDATED: 10:24 24 May 2010
GIVING another battling performance, Weston picked up another important Conference South point from the return game with title hopefuls Salisbury
Weston-s-Mare 1 Salisbury City 1GIVING another battling performance, Weston picked up another important Conference South point from the return game with title hopefuls Salisbury, watched by 421 paying customers, which meant the team was watched by almost 2,200 spectators over the holiday period.Similar to the games at Salisbury on Boxing Day and Newport on Saturday, both sides created enough chances to have won, but Weston will feel well satisfied by picking up two points.Starting with the side that were beaten at Newport, they had Gary Thorne on the bench along with skipper Matt Rose, Scott Walker and new signing Brazilian Gustava Zardetto, and forced a corner in the first minute and came close on nine minutes when Lee Jarman was just off target with a free kick.But with their first meaningful attack on 13 minutes, Salisbury took the lead when Rob Matthews flicked the ball on for Paul Sales, recovered from the injury he picked up on Boxing Day, to beat Ryan Northmore with a shot that went in off the far post.As Weston tried to get back, Ryan Harley had a shot on target on 25 minutes and, a minute later, from Harley's cross, Marvin Brown was just over, while at the other end, on 27 minutes, Andy Robertson, who had a solid game in defence in place of Thorne, did well to block another Sales' effort, who had controlled Luke Prince's low cross.Craig Loxton tested keeper Ryan Clarke on 34 minutes and Weston pressure was rewarded on 42 minutes when Harley, on the right, wriggled his way past a couple of defenders before putting Brown behind the defence to notch his 15th goal of the season.Minutes into the second half, Craig Rand was just wide and Brown again tested Clarke and match referee Mark Philpott from Falmouth had to go off, suffering from an ankle injury, assistant Damien McEllin taking over.As Salisbury pressed, captain Aaron Cooke shaved the outside of an upright with an effort and they forced two corners in quick succession, but as Weston came back, Brown was again narrowly off target while Harley went close from Brown's headed pass.Northmore made a smart save from Prince's free kick and Sales sent an effort narrowly wide.Brown did well to get in a shot on the turn from Hopkins' pass and minutes later at the other end, Northmore was in action dealing with Matthew's effort. Then Rand forced a save from Clarke as did Harley from a free kick.Near the end, the sides exchanged corners, but neither goal was threatened.* WESTON are without a fixture tomorrow (Sat), but they are trying to arrange a friendly in preparation for their FA Trophy encounter with Nationwide Conference Grays Athletic on January 16 (3pm).* WATCHING the game against Salisbury on New Year's Day was Roy "Ginger" Watts, who was a striker for both clubs in the 1960s and still is Salisbury's leading scorer.In those days he formed a lethal strike force with Ian Henderson at the Wiltshire club and later both played for Weston, but not together, on the old Langford Road ground.