REACTION: Weston-super-Mare boss given selection ‘headache’ for Hampton and Richmond National League South clash
PUBLISHED: 12:30 22 February 2017 | UPDATED: 12:46 22 February 2017
Weston head coach Scott Bartlett says the team have given him a lot to think about after his fringe players impressed in their convincing 3-0 Somerset Cup win against Bath City last night (Tuesday).
It capped off a good week for the Seagulls who twice came from behind on Saturday to secure a well-earned 2-2 draw against fellow strugglers Welling United.
A Dayle Grubb brace – including an excellent free kick from 35 yards out – was enough to secure a point, which leaves Weston five points clear of the relegation zone with two games in hand on many of their rivals.
Two goals from Jake Reid and one from Jamie Chamberlain saw Weston ease into the Somerset Cup semi-finals, with a host of players impressing on the night.
Bartlett told the Mercury this selection headache is how it should be and one of the most important things is the players came through the match injury free.
He said: “I thought we went about our work brilliantly and professionally. We have come to expect that from this group now. We had a real mixture today – some really good players who have been patient of late because the team have been doing so well. There were only three (Jason Pope, Jacob Cane and Mohamed Chemlal) who started on Saturday.
“That shows what we know and what we have been doing with our squad.
“We have 18 players who could genuinely start a game now. Some of them tonight did themselves no harm at all.”
The head coach also brought in a fresh face this week, with left back Danny Greenslade joining on loan from Bristol Rovers until the end of the season.
The 23-year-old – who enjoyed a loan spell at Bath City last season – made his debut on Tuesday and earned himself the man of the match award for his performance.
Bartlett added: “Danny was excellent, he has got a fantastic attitude and Darryl (Clarke – Bristol Rovers manager) has good lads. He has been at Bristol Rovers since forever and a day really.
“I thought now would be a good time for him to go on loan. He did well tonight, came straight in and has adhered himself to the lads.”
Weston can now look forward to another away trip on Saturday as they travel to Hampton and Richmond, who are just two points off the play-offs.
But Bartlett is confident the Seagulls can get a result in London and said the players have done themselves ‘no harm’ in the build up to the match.
He said: “It has been difficult choosing a squad for a few weeks really as the level in training has been so high.
“But we have known for a while that we have a lot of competition in good areas so it gives me a headache. I will have them all back in Thursday and make sure we are ready for Saturday.”
Kick-off at The Beveree Stadium is at 3pm.