Seagulls crash at Eastbourne
PUBLISHED: 09:31 04 September 2006 | UPDATED: 09:48 24 May 2010
WESTON paid the penalty of adopting the wrong tactics against third in the conference South Eastbourne and finished a well-beaten side. Without injured striker John Williams, the Weston attack lacked height, but the d
Eastbourne Borough 3 Weston-s-Mare 0WESTON paid the penalty of adopting the wrong tactics against third in the conference South Eastbourne and finished a well-beaten side.Without injured striker John Williams, the Weston attack lacked height, but the defence and midfield kept on pumping high balls down the middle which were meat and drink to the home defence and when they tried playing the ball on the ground, more often than not they failed to string two passes together, giving needless possession to Eastbourne.Weston fielded the same side that completed the game at Basingstoke, with Marc McGregor partnering Marvin Brown up front and Darren Hawkins, who had replaced Williams, playing on the right of midfield.With their first attack on five minutes, Eastbourne opened their account when Jay Lovett made a speedy run down the right, opening the Weston defence as he combined with Scott Ramsay and when the cross into the six-yard box was missed by the defence, Czech Victor Dolista had an easy tap-in.After Mike Gillan fired over for Weston, Eastbourne forced their first corner and Ryan Northomre had to go full stretch to claim Ramsay's effort and the keeper was soon in action again, claiming Lovett's effort under his crossbar. Soon after, Northmore again saved the situation in a one-on-one with Ramsay.Weston created their only chance of the half on 39 minutes when they forced their only corner on the left, Gillan's flag-kick was met by skipper Matt Rose whose effort was cleared off his line by defender Neil Jenkins with keeper Lee Hook beaten, but on the stroke of half time, Northmore again had to go full stretch to deal with another Ramsay effort.Early in the second half, Rose and McGregor went close for Weston and the game was held up for a lengthy period when Eastbourne's Matt Crabb was stretchered off with a nasty leg injury, Duncan McArthur taking over, while Weston brought on Scott Walker for Craig Loxton.Ramsay deservedly got on the scoresheet on 66 minutes, beating Northmore with a glancing header from Dolista's pass and sensing a bigger win, forced two successive corners in the next two minutes.Weston brought on Sam Bailey and Craig Mawford for Gillan and Sekani Simpson and on 85 minutes, McGregor tested Hook from Brown's pass and a minute later, McGregor fired just wide.Two minutes from the end of normal time, McArthur completed the scoring with a stunning 18-yard shot from a narrow angle that rifled into the far corner of Northmore's net, In a lengthy added on period, Northmore made two more crucial saves to deny substitute Pat Harding, son of the late vice-chairman of Chelsea, who was tragically killed in a plane accident some years ago.