Seagulls disappointed at narrow defeat

PUBLISHED: 10:19 30 January 2011

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WESTON can feel justifiably disappointed in not getting something from this Blue Square South game at Hayes Lane.

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WESTON can feel justifiably disappointed in not getting something from this Blue Square South game at Hayes Lane.

They had appeals for a penalty turned down in the second half and, in the first period, had a goal disallowed for an alleged foul on the home keeper when he was impeded by two of his own defenders.

Kane Ingram was serving a two-match suspension and Nat Pepperell was unavailable, otherwise assistant manager Jon Halle, in the absence of manager Craig Laird, supporting his son at Stevenage against Reading in the FA Cup, had a full squad at his disposal.

The visitors made a strong start, forcing a corner in the first minute and from Martin Slocombe’s flag kick, Sahr Kabba headed over the home crossbar.

After Bromley forced two corners on 12 minutes, Weston broke the deadlock four minutes later when Ben Kirk rose to head Slocombe’s free kick past keeper Craig Holloway. But the sides were level on 20 minutes when Bromley forced their third corner and Weston skipper Craig Rand slipped when making a clearance and the ball fell for striker Leon McKenzie who scored from a couple of yards.

A minute later, Sahr Kabba used his pace to outstrip two markers, but Holloway, coming off his line, blocked the shot at the expense of a corner.

Weston had the ball in the Bromley net on 26 minutes when they bundled in another Slocombe corner, but unfortunately referee Brian Knight judged Holloway had been fouled when it was clear he was hampered by two of his defenders.

Bromley took the lead for the first time from another corner on 26 minutes when, from the clearance the ball fell for Harry Harding who beat Lloyd Irish with a superb 30-yard volley. Matt Villis picked up a slight hamstring strain and was replaced by Jamie Laird on 27 minutes.

On the stroke of half time Weston equalised with an effort that must be in contention for goal of the season. Kabba got the better of two defenders, fed Nabi Diallo who back-heeled into the path of Dayle Grubb who made ground and beat Holloway from 15 yards.

Weston made a positive start to the second half, forcing two early corners. Dayle Grubb had a low effort well saved by Holloway and a minute later Justin Porter burst through, but was denied by Holloway diving at his feet. Then came the penalty incident when Kabba was tripped, but play was waved on.

Bromley danger man Warren McBean was through on 54 minutes, but Irish dived at his feet. A minute later Kabba, who had to receive treatment twice in the first half, picked up another injury and was replaced by Marcus Duharty and in another Weston attack, Dayle Grubb forced a full-length save from Holloway.

The Bromley winner came on 72 minutes when Tony Finn fed Harrison Dunk to weave his way into the Weston six-yard box and beat Irish on his near post. Weston came close to another equaliser on 80 minutes when Kirk’s powerful effort was turned behind by Holloway at full-stretch.

WESTON STATS

Goals: Bromley, McKenzie (20), Harding (32), Dunk (72). Weston, Kirk (16), Dayle Grubb (45).

Shots on target: Bromley 5, Weston 7.

Shots off target: Bromley 3, Weston 4.

Corners: Bromley 6, Weston 6.

Offsides: Bromley 2, Weston 4.

Free kicks conceded: Bromley 23, Weston 9.

Referee: Brian Knight. On the whole, a good game.

Bookings: Bromley, Daly, Henriques.

Attendance: 424.

Weston squad: Irish, Price, Slocombe, Rand, Villis (Laird 37), Kirk (Dean Grubb 84), Trowbridge, Porter, Kabba (Duharty 56), Dayle Grubb, Diallo. Subs (not used): Gilbert, Mawford.

ON Saturday, in a re-arranged Blue Square South fixture, Weston will travel to Dorchester Town. This game was postponed from Boxing Day and was due to be played in midweek later in the month.

However, Dorchester’s intended opponents, Woking are involved in the FA Trophy, so the League has agreed to game with Weston will be played on Saturday.

The coach will be leaving Woodspring Stadium at 11am.

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