Match report: Weston sweep aside Wealdstone 5-1 in dominant home performance
PUBLISHED: 21:46 05 September 2017 | UPDATED: 21:49 05 September 2017
Weston-super-Mare put on an excellent performance tonight (Tuesday) as they beat Wealdstone 5-1 in the National League South, ensuring they leapfrogged their opponents in the table.
The Seagulls are now out of the relegation zone in 17th place after an impressive performance at The Woodspring Stadium, which saw Dayle Grubb and Jake Reid both strike twice, before Jake Lee added a fifth in added time.
Weston started strongly and could have taken the lead after just three minutes against fellow strugglers The Stones.
Grubb found space going forward, releasing Jake Mawford on the right flank.
His shot had power but was well-cleared by the visitors’ defence.
Wealdstone showed their strength early-on though and Kaid Mohammed burst past Jason Pope but his final effort could only find the safe hands of Luke Purnell.
As the first half wore on, Weston continued to assert some dominance in the match – something they have not done in recent weeks.
Mawford was causing the defence all sorts of problems and only an excellent save from Jonathan North denied him his first goal since returning to the club.
And all that good play finally paid off just before the half hour mark.
Naby Diallo did well to beat a string of defenders before Grubb danced through to the penalty area and fired home a superb opener.
And he could have had another just a minute later when he turned his man and hit it well, only for it to sail agonisingly wide of the post.
Wealdstone then piled on the pressure themselves. Ciaron Brown’s excellent delivery found the head of Ricky Wellard but it was well-cleared by Jamie Laird.
Weston stood strong through a number of set pieces as they continued to look solid at the back.
Despite it being a dominant performance from the home side, the visitors managed to get themselves back in the game two minutes before the break.
Edward Oshodi headed home as he was left unmarked, leaving it all square at half time.
And Weston started the second half as well as they started the first with Jake Reid and Grubb going close early-on.
However, it was not all plain sailing as Oshodi almost doubled his tally a few minutes later when he beat Jake Lee to the ball. But he could only find the side-netting, much to Purnell’s relief.
A moment of brilliance gave the home side their second goal and it was thanks to Grubb again.
His inch-perfect ball found Reid in space and he had time to pick his spot, and his finish was exceptional.
And after inviting some pressure, the Seagulls added a third goal after they broke away.
Grubb again kept the ball well and Lee looked to have missed his chance but the sheer pace of Reid meant he was on hand to hammer the ball home, sparking some much-deserved celebrations after a tough start to the season.
And Weston should have added to their tally when Naby Diallo had space and time with only the keeper to beat. But he struggled to pick his spot and North saved well.
Substitute Tristan Plummer was then on hand but could not direct the rebound goalwards.
But there was to be a fourth, and it was deserved with how dominant the Seagulls were.
Mawford’s excellent first touch allowed him to find Grubb in space and he found the back of the net, as he so often does at home.
And in added time, Lee got the goal his performance deserved as he made light work of the defence and slotted home.