'We're sorry' - reaction as poor Weston sent down with a whimper
PUBLISHED: 10:36 25 April 2019 | UPDATED: 10:36 25 April 2019
'We apologise to the fans, we have not been good enough'. That was the message from Weston number one Luke Purnell after Weston's relegation from the National League South was confirmed.
The Seagulls' fate was sealed on Saturday as Hampton and Richmond Borough consigned the home side to a shocking 12th defeat at The Optima Stadium this season.
Weston missed crucial chances to take the points, and a pair of defensive lapses gave the Beavers a 2-0 win which finally booked Weston's place in the Southern League Premier with two games to spare after a dismal campaign.
The Seagulls are rock bottom of the division with just 34 points, and discontent among supporters reached its peak at full time – with boos echoing from the terrace and damning banners unfurled.
Assistant caretaker boss Purnell made no excuses after relegation was made certain, and hopes Weston 'can put it right' next term.
He said: “I'm frustrated as a player and I'm disappointed as a fan.
“It's gutting, the lads in the changing room are gutted.
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“There's a lot of emotion, not a lot of us have been relegated before. I've never been relegated and I don't know how you're supposed to act.
“From the players, we apologise to the fans for the performances this year.
“They have not been good enough and there hasn't been enough consistency.
“We appreciate that everyone has stuck with us this year, and hopefully we can put it right next year.”
Weston did snatch victory in the dead rubber against Hemel Hempstead Town on Easter Monday, and one game remains in their shocking season – the visit of Dulwich Hamlet to BS24 on Saturday.
Purnell was 'proud' of Weston's efforts at Hemel, and he hopes the Seagulls show the same resilience on Saturday.
He added: “We were missing four or five players.
“My phone has been going nuts with lads saying they are ill or injured, so we were at the bare bones and I'm really proud of the lads.
“We will go into the game wanting to win and we're expecting a performance. The lads don't need any motivation, we want to finish the season on a high.”