Seagulls get back to winning ways

PUBLISHED: 08:10 14 November 2010 | UPDATED: 16:32 14 November 2010

Soccer Westonv Thurrock.

Soccer Westonv Thurrock.

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AFTER failing to score in their previous three Blue Square South games, Weston recorded their fifth league win over bottom club Thurrock in an entertaining contest watched by a paltry 150 paying customers.

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AFTER failing to score in their previous three Blue Square South games, Weston recorded their fifth league win over bottom club Thurrock in an entertaining contest watched by a paltry 150 paying customers.

Weston were without regular full-backs, Jamie Price and Jamie Laird, Justin Porter and Martin Slocombe dropping back from midfield and both giving sound performances. Matt Villis was back in the heart of the defence after missing a couple of games through injury.

The home side were first to show when they were awarded a free kick on four minutes and Thurrock keeper Charlie Mittern had to fling himself to his left to deny Dale Grubb’s strong kick, but as Thurrock got into the game, Dean Brennan was off target on eight minutes and from their first corner on 15 minutes, Kenny Clarke headed over.

Weston took the lead on 19 minutes when a superb flowing move involving at least five passes ended with Dayle Grubb beating Mittern from the edge of the penalty area from Porter’s pass.

Thurrock made a substitution on 24 minutes, bringing on Tamer Tuna, whose speed was a big influence on the remainder of the game. They forced two corners in quick succession, but Weston extended their lead on 39 minutes when Slocombe beat Mittern over his head with a superb 35-yard free kick.

As Thurrock bounced back, Tuna forced a brilliant double save from home keeper Lloyd Irish and when he got possession for a third time was brought down by Weston’s Brett Trowbridge, resulting in a penalty which Dean Cracknell converted.

Early in the second half Thurrock made two more changes up front and from their fourth corner on 62 minutes, Rob Swaine, the tallest man on the pitch, headed over. As Weston began to take control, Nat Pepperell, who was winning everything in the air wide on the right, forced a smart save from Mittern and Kane Ingram beat two defenders on a run but fired wide, as did Saha Kabba, who had replaced Marcus Duharty. Later, Kabba forced two unsuccessful Weston corners.

Into added time at the end of 90 minutes, Weston skipper Craig Rand, who was outstanding in defence, made a decisive block in the six-yard box to deny Tuna.

WESTON STATS

Goals: Weston, Dayle Grubb (19), Slocombe (32). Thurrock, Cracknell (39, penalty).

Shots on target: Weston 6, Thurrock 4.

Shots off target: Weston 6, Thurrock 3.

Corners: Weston 5, Thurrock 4.

Free kicks conceded: Weston 7, Thurrock 14.

Referee: Marc Whaley (Plymouth). Excellent game.

Bookings: Weston, Dayle Grubb.

Attendance: 150.

Weston squad: Irish, Porter, Slocombe, Rand, Villis, Dayle Grubb, Ingram, Kirk, Duharty (Kabba 59), Trowbridge, Pepperell. Subs (not used): Laird, Gilbert, Mawford, Dean Grubb.

ON Saturday, Weston begin their FA Trophy campaign when they entertain fellow Blue Square South Dorchester Town (3pm) and on Tuesday, November 23, travel to either Staines Town in the Blue Square South or Dorchester in a replay.

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