Ryan's heroics keeps Seagulls in the points
PUBLISHED: 12:20 13 March 2006 | UPDATED: 08:59 24 May 2010
WESTON recorded their first Conference South double of the season and also for the first time had back-to-back wins against fellow strugglers Eastbourne, but they
Weston-s-Mare 1 Eastbourne Borough 0WESTON recorded their first Conference South double of the season and also for the first time had back-to-back wins against fellow strugglers Eastbourne, but they had to thank goalkeeper Ryan Northmore who brought off a string of first-class saves as the South Coast visitors dominated, especially in the second half.With defender Craig Rand still out injured, Weston started with the same side that won at Dorchester, with Jon French in defence and Marvin Brown partnering new signing John Williams up front, but the visitors made a bright start with Anthony Storey firing just wide from Ben Austin's cross on three minutes.But with their first attack a minute later, Weston got the all-important goal as Mark McKeever fed Matt Rose to play through to Brown on the edge of the penalty area, who flicked the ball over the head of a defender, ran round him and fired an unstoppable shot past keeper Lee Hook from 15 yards for his 12th strike of the season.As Eastbourne tried to come back, diminutive striker Lou Fazakerley was narrowly wide from Joe Keekan's cross on 11 minutes and a minute later Austin used his pace down the right to burst through the defence, but was stopped by Sam Bailey at the expense of the game's first corner.Weston came close on 22 minutes when, from their first corner, French's kick was only half cleared, and Lewis Hogg's 30-yard effort was heading for the top corner of the Eastbourne net, but with Hook beaten, skipper Stuart Tuck managed to turn the ball over the crossbar for another corner.Four minutes later, Northmore was in action, making a full-length diving save to deny former Millwall striker Anton Robinson's header.Minutes into the second half, Williams had a strong effort on target, but after that Eastbourne took control and Northmore was at his best conceding a corner from another Fazakerley close-range effort that had the striker holding his head in his hands in disbelief and from the corner, Austin was just over.Next it was the turn of Scott Ramsay to try his luck, forcing two more top-class saves in quick succession and then substitute Lee Newman tried his luck without success against Northmore, followed by Robinson.As the game went into injury time, Weston won a free kick just inside the Eastbourne corner flag and as Weston tried to play out time by keeping possession, Eastbourne's Storey as well as Weston's Hogg and McKeever were booked in the space of seconds by Worcester referee Neil Radford.
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