Seagulls' fine form continues with win over Gloucester City
PUBLISHED: 15:17 08 January 2018 | UPDATED: 15:17 08 January 2018
Weston-super-Mare kicked off life without Dayle Grubb with three points on Saturday, beating Gloucester City 3-1 on the road.
In their first game without former skipper Grubb, who made his Forest Green Rovers debut on the same day, Marc McGregor’s side had the better of an untidy game in grim wintry conditions.
The Seagulls flew out of the blocks at Jubilee Stadium – the home of Worcestershire outfit Evesham United, who are landlords to the homeless Tigers.
Gethyn Hill opened the scoring and Jake Lee doubled the lead before half time. It was 3-0 shortly after the break when Tigers keeper James Hamon, on debut, fumbled a tame cross into his own net.
Sam Avery pulled one back for the hosts, but the Seagulls held on for a third consecutive National League South win.
Despite the handsome scoreline, McGregor believes his side were not at their best.
He said: “I don’t think we played very well and they coped with the conditions better than we did.
“They played some pretty good stuff and I imagine they’re feeling quite hard done by.
“What was pleasing was we worked hard and competed on that surface to scrap out a win.”
But for McGregor, life without top scorer Grubb started in dream fashion as Tristan Plummer picked up the ball on the left flank. The winger showed great strength to outmuscle Kieran Thomas and drive into the area before the defender’s desperate challenge brought him to the sodden deck with just 30 seconds played.
Hill made no mistake from 12 yards, slotting coolly down the middle as Hamon dived incorrectly.
Gloucester settled into the game but wasted several openings to level the scoreline.
And they were made to pay on 35 minutes when Jarrad Welch picked up a loose ball 25 yards from goal and unlocked the defence with a neat through ball for Lee, who fired across goal and into the bottom corner with Hamon rooted in the boggy goalmouth.
And Hamon’s debut worsened when he turned Plummer’s harmless low cross into his own net in the 50th minute.
Avery stabbed home from Ed Williams corner on the hour mark to reduce the deficit, but Weston survived a few nervy moments, including a comical goalmouth scramble, to walk away with three points and ninth place in the table, five points off the playoffs ahead of this Saturday’s home FA Trophy clash with Workington.