Five defeats in six games for Seagulls

PUBLISHED: 10:06 05 April 2018 | UPDATED: 10:06 05 April 2018

The Seagulls were beaten in dreadful conditions at West Leigh Park. Picture: Will.T.Photography

The Seagulls were beaten in dreadful conditions at West Leigh Park. Picture: Will.T.Photography

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Weston-super-Mare did not enjoy a Good Friday, falling to their fifth defeat in six National League South games at Havant and Waterlooville.

The Seagulls lost 2-0 to the league-leading Hawks in dire conditions at West Leigh Park, continuing a dismal run of form which has ended Marc McGregor’s side’s playoff chase.

Typical bank-holiday rainfall left the playing surface in a dreadful state, and it was Havant who emerged from the mud bath with three points to boost their hopes of winning back-to-back promotions after winning the Isthmian League last season.

Wes Fogden opened the scoring for the Hawks moments into the second half, and Jason Prior doubled the lead with a header on the hour.

Despite the result, Weston boss McGregor was satisfied with his team’s efforts.

He said: “I thought as a team we were brave and everybody played some good stuff in what can be described, at the very least, as tricky conditions, but again we have to be better in front of goal and look to work the opposing keeper more.

“Although it’s a disappointing result, the performance wasn’t bad at all.”

An already-boggy pitch, made worse by near-constant downpours, was not condusive to a free-flowing game of football, but Weston did their best to play their trademark possession-based game.

A chanceless first half ensued, doubtless leaving many in attendance wishing they had stayed at home.

But the game sparked into life just two minutes after the break when Fodgen stole in to give the hosts the lead.

Rory Williams picked out Prior in the centre, who headed onto the underside of the crossbar before Fogden reacted quickest to nod home from close range.

Prior almost scored moments after, hitting the bar again with an audacious lob.

But he was not to be denied a place on the scoresheet, guiding a header into the net from Dan Strugnell’s cross on 62 minutes.

The Seagulls battled hard to narrow the deficit in awful conditions, but a comeback proved elusive.

Weston were due to face Truro City on Easter Monday, but heavy rain forced a postponement – and the Seagulls face another tough test on Saturday when they visit second-placed Dartford.

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