Seagulls end the season in style
PUBLISHED: 11:03 08 May 2006 | UPDATED: 09:14 24 May 2010
ON the journey to St Albans officials of Weston Football Club ran a pool on the probable score of the game
St Albans City 1 Weston-super-Mare 2ON the journey to St Albans officials of Weston Football Club ran a pool on the probable score of the game.Bearing in mind, they suffered a trouncing at lowly Hayes in midweek and picked up only one point from their previous six games, virtually every one of the party, who have been following the club for many years, thought they would be in for another heavy defeat at the hands of the league runners-up, but the club physio Jenny Nicholl, who has been in post a matter of months, got it right, despite scepticism by her colleagues when she made the prediction.St Albans were looking for a confidence-boosting win to take them into the play-offs for the second promotion spot, but on the day were outplayed by a Weston side that put on one of their best performances for some time to record a league double.Fielding the same side that crashed at Hayes, they took the game to Saints from the off with the midfield linking up well with the attack and were first to practically every loose ball.Marvin Brown was on target on three minutes and then Lewis Hogg, who made several strong runs through the home defence was over from John Williams' pass. Darren Hawkins finished a run on 13 minutes with a shot on target, and a minute later Hawkins forced a superb one-handed save from home keeper Paul Bastock with firm header from Williams' pass that was heading into the top corner. As Albans got into the game, they forced three corners, Dean Cracknell had an effort on target on 24 minutes and six minutes later, Ryan Northmore was called into action for the first time, turning leading scorer Lee Clarke's low effort round his post for their fourth corner. Later, Matt Hann and Paul Hackim went close with good efforts.Before the interval, both Hawkins and Brown went close for Weston, while at the other end, Northmore made another good save from Clarke' header.Two minutes into the second half, Weston forced their second corner of the game and from Craig Rand's flag kick, Williams was just wide on the far post and eight minutes later, Bastock just managed to push Hawkins' dipping distance effort behind and from Jon French's flag kick, Lee Jarman was just over and then Brown forced another good save from the home keeper.Weston pressure paid off on 60 minutes when, with his back to goal, Williams controlled Brown's pass, turned and wriggled his way through the defence and stunned the 853-strong crowd into silence by beating Bastock from 10 yards. Bastock struggled again to turn Brown's distance effort over his crossbar.In a rare attack on 67 minutes, Albans equalised when Clarke burst down the left and from his cross, Hakim turned the ball in with a shot off the inside of the far post.Four minutes later, Weston got their winner when Williams put Brown through to beat the offside trap and Bastock could only turn the shot into his own net off the underside of the crossbar.Minutes from the end, Williams had the miss of the match when he was put through by Brown and with the home defence waiting for an offside decision that never came, he blazed over.