Seagulls dumped out of the Trophy
PUBLISHED: 18:12 19 January 2007 | UPDATED: 10:29 24 May 2010
THE difference in class between full-time and part-time football was successfully demonstrated as Nationwide Conference Grays brushed Weston to one side as they continued
Weston-super-Mare 0 Grays Athletic 4THE difference in class between full-time and part-time football was successfully demonstrated as Nationwide Conference Grays brushed Weston to one side as they continued their quest for a third successive FA Trophy, with all the goals coming in the second half.The Essex-based visitors gave a clinical display of football with the man in possession always having at least two colleagues in support and at times, especially in the second half where they totally dominated, they were able to string a series of up to six passes together without a home player getting within a sniff of the ball.Weston were without Lee Jarman, serving a one-game suspension, in the heart of their defence, but Gary Thorne returned after missing the last two games through illness.Grays went on the attack straight from the kick-off and Ryan Northmore was quickly in action, dealing with a high cross from John Martin on the left on five minutes and then Lee Boylan wasted a good chance when he failed to control another cross from the left, but the danger was cleared.Weston created the best chance of breaking the deadlock on 11 minutes when Marc McGregor put Scott Walker away up the left and the cross into the six-yard box was met by Ryan Harley whose header was knocked away by keeper Ashley Bayes with a superb save.The ball fell to Gareth Hopkins whose strong effort was turned behind for the game's first corner and from Walker's flag-kick Harley had an effort on target. Had Weston managed to score, the result might have been different, but after that the home attack faded out, with Marvin Brown and Hopkins isolated as the midfield were forced back to help the beleaguered defence.In almost continuous attack, Grays forced six corners, and Glenn Poole fired just over, Ashley Nicholls had an effort come off Craig Rand for one of these corners and Poole fired over Northmore's crossbar from 25 yards. Gavin Cowan wasted the best chance, hooking the ball over from from five yards when Northmore dropped a corner.In the second half, Grays opted to play the ball on the ground and they were rewarded on 47 minutes when, with the home defence looking on, Tom Williamson passed to Boylan who stroked the ball past Northmore from 15 yards. Weston came close on 55 minutes when Walker controlled Bayes' poor clearance, but the keeper recovered to collect a 25-yard lob under his crossbar.Two minutes later, the home goal had a let-off when Boylan's low cross beat Northmore, but Craig Loxton was on hand to clear the danger. Weston introduced their Brazilian midfielder Gustavo Zardetto for Harley on 58 minutes and Weston managed to force their second and final corner of the game shortly after.Grays struck again on 67 minutes when Boylan and Martin exchanged passes to set up John Turner who wrong-footed the home defence with a neat turn and fired past Northmore from 15 yards. Then Northmore, with his legs, denied Poole's strong effort at the expense of yet another corner.Williamson set up Turner to score his second on 73 minutes to end the game as a contest and into injury time, Martin completed the scoring by bursting through, leaving two defenders floundering in his wake and scored from 20 yards.* TOMORROW (Sat), Weston are back in Conference South action when Sutton United provide the opposition (3pm) and Weston will be looking to avoid conceding a league double, having lost in London 3-1 in September, Marc McGregor scoring their goal.On Thursday next, January 25, Weston Youth team host Paulton Rovers in the Somerset Youth Football League (7.45pm).* THE half-time raffle at Weston's game against Grays Athletic was won by former Premier League and international referee Paul Durkin, who attended the game as the FA referee's assessor.