MATCH REPORT: Weston-super-Mare seal impressive 2-0 win over Eastbourne Borough in last home game of the season
PUBLISHED: 16:51 22 April 2017 | UPDATED: 08:49 24 April 2017
Dayle Grubb took his goal tally to 20 for the season as Weston-super-Mare beat Eastbourne Borough 2-0 in the Seagulls’ last home game of the campaign.
The match may not have meant much to either side but neither side were treating it like a pre-season friendly – far from it in fact, with both sides fathoming out early chances.
Jamie Taylor went close for the visitors, while Jake Lee broke free for Weston, only to mis-hit his shot and allow Jordan Holmes to gather.
After 10 minutes, Dayle Grubb looked to have got the better of the Sports’ defence but an excellent tackle from Ian Simpemba ensured he was unable to have a stab at goal.
Bu it was the home side who opened the scoring, with some impressive breakaway play.
Danny Greenslade made an excellent run on the left flank and his cross was inch perfect for Jake Reid to head home from close range.
But Weston had Luke Purnell to thank for keeping their lead in tact just four minutes later.
Some excellent link-up play between Gavin McCallum and Nat Pinney saw the Sports have their first meaningful attack. Pinney’s shot was destined for the top corner but Purnell tipped the effort over the bar.
Ten minutes before the break and the home side thought they had extended their lead.
An excellent through-ball found Jake Lee whose finish from just outside the area found the top corner. But the effort was ruled out for offside.
As the half wore on, the Sports started to create some chances themselves but Chris Barker was on hand to clear when needed.
However, Nat Pinney was becoming a thorn in the Seagulls’ side and went close with a long range shot.
He could only hit his effort wide, though, much to the home side’s relief.
The second half started perfectly for the home side as it took them less than a minute to score again.
Dayle Grubb burst forward from the halfway line, beating a string of defenders in the process and slotted home from close range for his 20th goal of the campaign.
On the hour mark, Seagulls captain Ashley Kington nearly made it 3-0 as he tried his luck from just inside the box.
But the acrobatic effort was parried away by Holmes as Weston started to assert their authority on the match.
Eastbourne struggled to get their foothold on the game, with the Weston defence holding firm, with assistant head coach Chris Barker impressing all afternoon.
Despite threatening for the remainder of the match, the Seagulls could not seem to get that elusive third goal, but bounced back from their disappointing result at St Albans on Easter Monday to secure all three points.
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