Brown brace secures Weston victory
PUBLISHED: 09:33 04 September 2006 | UPDATED: 09:48 24 May 2010
AFTER Saturday's debacle at Eastbourne, Weston changed tactics against newly-promoted Bedford and completed their first home win of the season, although they had to come from behind. John Williams, who was missing at Sussex
Weston-s-Mare 2 Bedford Town 1AFTER Saturday's debacle at Eastbourne, Weston changed tactics against newly-promoted Bedford and completed their first home win of the season, although they had to come from behind.John Williams, who was missing at Sussex, was back to lead the attack, while Scott Walker and Leigh Henry were included in the line-up, Darren Hawkins, Mike Gillan and Craig Loxton dropping out and the new system, using Walker and Sekani Simpson on the flanks, made a vast improvement to the display.Weston attacked from the off, with Marvin Brown having a goal-bound effort blocked by a defender on four minutes and two minutes later, Williams fired narrowly wide from Brown's pass after Walker crossed into the six-yard box. In quick succession, Walker fired narrowly across goal and Williams should have done better from a good position as he fired weakly at the Bedford keeper Ian Brown.As Bedford got into the game, Ian Draycott and Michael Lyon made a speedy run into the penalty area, but were stopped by a superb tackle by Craig Rand on 29 minutes, but a minute later at the other end, Ian Brown had to go full stretch to claim Marc McGregor's low effort. Then the Bedford keeper spilled Walker's stinging shot, but the danger was cleared.Against the run of play, Bedford went in front on 34 minutes when midfielder Aaran Cavill burst through and despite the efforts of Lee Jarman and Rand, beat Ryan Northmore from 15 yards.Five minutes before the interval, Williams limped off with a reoccurrance of his ham-string problem, Hawkins taking over and a minute into the second half, Rand had to come off with an ankle injury sustained just before the interval. He later went to hospital where an X-ray showed there was no serious damage and he should make the trip to Havant and Walterloo this evening. He was replaced by Sam Bailey.Weston came close on 49 minutes when Walker and McGregor combined to break through on the left and McGregor's clever lob floated over Ian Brown, but Marvin Brown just failed to connect on the far post. The breakthrough came on 50 minutes, when Marvin Brown's superb 20-yard low snap-shot rifled past Ian Brown's outstretched arm and into the corner of the net. Minutes later, Jarman's free kick was again spilled by Ian Brown and McGregor just missed connecting with the rebound.Although Bedford forced three quick corners, Weston took the lead on 70 minutes when McGregor fed Simpson wide on the right and the cross fell to Marvin Brown who fiercely volleyed past Ian Brown from 15 yards, but a minute later at the other end, Cavill and substitute Andy Phillips broke through for Phillips to miss badly.Then substitute Dave Daniels hit the angle of post and bar with the Weston defence appealing for offside.As Weston came back, Marvin Brown and Simpson combined on the right, but Henry, playing in midfield, fired over and into injury time, Walker and Henry tried to set up Marvin Brown for his hat-trick, but he fired over.