Seagulls down to earth with double defeat

PUBLISHED: 19:00 15 December 2006 | UPDATED: 10:21 24 May 2010

WESTON fell to their first home Conference South defeat of the season to the fourth-placed Hertfordshire-based outfit, but they contributed to their own downfall

Weston-s-Mare 1 Bishops Stortford 2WESTON fell to their first home Conference South defeat of the season to the fourth-placed Hertfordshire-based outfit, but they contributed to their own downfall.For long periods, they surrendered possession far too easily with a casual display of passes going astray, trying to hang on to the ball far too long and continually choosing wrong options.With Barry McConnell preferred to Gareth Hopkins, the only change from the side that lost at Lewes, Weston had Marc McGregor leading the attack, but they went behind inside the first minute.Bishops were awarded a free kick 35 yards out and keeper Ryan Northmore saw Dave Collis' low drive too late in a crowded six-yard box and although the keeper got his hands to the strong effort, he could not prevent it going in.Straight from the restart, Weston came close when McConnell headed Scott Walker's cross into the path of Marvin Brown, who fired just wide. Then in end-to-end play, Bishops Sam Taylor and Weston's McGregor went close, while Bishops Roy Essandoh had an effort cleared off the line by Craig Rand.On 32 minutes, Lee Jarman headed Walker's free kick over the Bishops crossbar and nine minutes later, Walker, with another free kick, forced visiting keeper Andy Young into a full-length save and before the interval, Craig Loxton tested the keeper from distance.Fifteen minutes into the second half, Hopkins replaced Ryan Harley with McGregor playing behind the front two and the side came much more into the game, forcing a string of corners.Brown again went close on 49 minutes, then there was no-one up to put a final touch on Walker's diagonal cross on 65 minutes while two minutes later, Rand had a sharp header cleared off the line from a Walker corner.Rodrigo Turnes replaced Walker on 70 minutes, but he was on the field for barely two minutes when he unfortunately was involved in bringing down Bishops Richard Howell and Jack Midson beat Northmore from the penalty spot.After that, Weston came to life and took control, Jarman had a header cleared off the line from Turnes' fifth corner and they were successful from the sixth flag kick, again taken by Turnes, when Hopkins, on the far post, headed past Young. Although Weston forced another late corner, they could not get past a packed Bishops defence.Lewes 4 Weston 2WESTON have never been successful at the Dripping Pan and they were up against it right from the fourth minute when they conceded an own goal.After the game, chairman Paul Bliss commented: "We have to accept defeat against sides like this who are in a false position at the moment as despire being only two places above us in the table, they have two games in hand and could possibly be in sixth spot."Their troubles started on four minutes when trying to defend Gary Holloway's angled free kick, that was actually going to drift wide, central defender Gary Thorne headed past Ryan Northmore.Weston's best chance came on 25 minutes when home keeper Dan Crane did well to palm Ryan Harley's angled effort away after another corner was not properly cleared, but at the other end, Northmore did well to cut out Lewis Hamilton's low cross at the feet of Jamie Cade and minutes later the keeper conceded Lewes' first corner as he blocked another Cade effort with his legs.Lewes struck again on 41 minutes when Northmore failed to hold onto Wormull's cross and Drury was on hand to tap into an empty net.Lewes went further in front on 51 minutes when Paul Booth beat Northmore from close range after being put through by Drury.Weston made two changes, bringing on Rodrigues Turnes for Walker and Barry McConnell for Loxton and they began to dominate, Brown forcing a full-length save from Crane and were then rewarded on 69 minutes when Brown headed over the keeper from Hopkins' cross.Unfortunately, Lewes struck again on 71 minutes when Northmore could only parry a fierce shot from Cade and the striker knocked the rebound to the net from a couple of yards.Weston's third substitute, Craig Alcock, who had come on for Harley, got Weston's second goal on 84 minutes when he made space on the left and struck from 25 yards. * TOMORROW (Sat), Weston are back in FA Trophy action and they will entertain Evesham United from the Southern League Midland Division, the lowest rated side still in the competition.Evesham accounted for Hemelhemp-sted Town in the last round 4-2 on penalties after the sides drew 3-3 in a replay.If a replay of tomorrow's game is needed, it will take place at St George's Lane, the home of Worcester City, who ground share with Evesham. * WESTON have announced they have extended the loan period from Yeovil Town of Craig Alcock, who came off the substitutes' bench against Lewes and scored their second goal.

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