Lowly Lewes make the most of their chances

PUBLISHED: 20:50 07 November 2010

SOCCER :  Weston  V Welling.

SOCCER : Weston V Welling.

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LEWES' new-look squad under new manager Tim O'Shea, although one off the bottom of the Blue Square South, inflicted Weston's second home defeat of the season in an entertaining game.

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LEWES’ new-look squad under new manager Tim O’Shea, although one off the bottom of the Blue Square South, inflicted Weston’s second home defeat of the season in an entertaining game.

The visitors were fortunate in getting some crucial refereeing decisions which could easily have changed the result, but on the whole they just about deserved to win, as Weston failed to break down their defence.

In the first few minutes, Weston’s Kane Ingram challenged keeper Chris Winterton to a high cross which the keeper dropped into the net, but referee David Woolford from Amesbury, disallowed the score for a foul on Winterton. Cannot a keeper be challenged for possession any more?

Minutes later, Ingram again had the ball in the net, but was ruled offside, one of several contentious decisions made by the referee’s assistant.

Weston created a good move on 30 minutes when Dayle Grubb set up Marcus Duharty, but the cross to Brett Trowbridge was cut out and later Duharty missed a great chance from a couple of yards out when he allowed Jamie Price’s low cross to go through his legs.

On the stroke of half-time, Nat Pepperell had a low effort beaten out by Winterton. For Lewes, Sam Butler twice tested Lloyd Irish with distance shots as the half ended scoreless.

Weston looked livelier in the early stages of the second half, with Ben Kirk testing Winterton and Dayle Grubb forcing a corner, while Trowbridge ended a strong run into the Lewes’ penalty area by firing narrowly wide.

As Lewes got going, Butler twice tested Irish with strong distance shots in the space of a minute and the breakthrough came on 59 minutes when Tom Murphy all alone on the left and apparently well offside was allowed to gallop through by the same assistant and easily beat Irish.

Weston’s defence was disrupted on 65 minutes when Matt Villis came off, Jamie Laird taking over and the new partnership with Craig Rand took time to settle. Weston also swapped Sahr Kabba for Duharty on 77 minutes.

Unfortunately, Lewes struck again on 86 minutes when George Porter burst into the home penalty area and beat Irish with a superb curling effort and on 89 minutes, Murphy completed Weston’s misery, beating Irish with a strong shot from wide on the right.

The game ended in injury time in a mass brawl which saw Lewes’ Porter receive a straight red card and Ingram a second yellow.

ON Saturday, Weston have another home game when they entertain winless Thurrock and look to bounce back from two straight defeats which saw them scoreless.

For the Thurrock game, the club will be allowing families of two adults and two children in for £20 and will again be handing out Junior Seagull Club application forms in a bid to bring more families and youngsters to the Woodspring Stadium.

WESTON STATS

Goals: Lewis, Murphy (59, 89), Porter (86).

Shots on target: Weston 4, Lewes 8.

Shots off target: Weston 5, Lewes 5.

Corners: Weston 6, Lewes 9.

Offsides: Weston 7, Lewes 2.

Free kicks conceded: Weston 10, Lewes 15.

Referee: David Woolford (Amesbury). Not helped by his assistant.

Bookings: Weston, Slocombe, Ingram (2 yellow). Lewes, Hutchinson, Breach, Winterton, Wright, Porter (red).

Attendance: 214.

Weston squad: Irish, Price, Slocombe, Rand, Villis (Laird 65), Dayle Grubb, Ingram, Kirk, Duharty (Kabba 77), Trowbridge, Pepperell. Subs (not used): Porter, Dean Grubb.

WESTON have been handed a home draw against fellow Blue Square South club Dorchester Town on Saturday, November 20 (3pm).

Should a replay be necessary, it will be at the Avenue Stadium on Tuesday, November 23 (7.45pm].

In the league competition, the clubs are due to meet on Boxing Day, Sunday, December 26, at Dorchester, and on Saturday, January 1, at the Woodspring Stadium (3pm).

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