Seagulls hit by late goal
PUBLISHED: 10:13 11 September 2006 | UPDATED: 09:51 24 May 2010
ONCE again Weston were unlucky as they came away from Eastleigh Park empty handed after being beaten by a late fluke goal in a closely contested game
Havant & Waterlooville 2 Weston-s-Mare 1ONCE again Weston were unlucky as they came away from Eastleigh Park empty handed after being beaten by a late fluke goal in a closely contested game.Missing Craig Rand and John Williams, both injured, manager Frank Gregan introduced new signings Gareth Hopkins, from Cirencester to lead the attack, and recently deposed manager of Forest Green Rovers Gary Owers, who slotted into the midfield. Hopkins is big and strong, but it may take him a game or two until he adjusts to the pace of Conference South football. Of cource Owers is an old campaigner, having played for Bristol City some seasons ago.Weston lost Scott Walker with a rib injury after only seven minutes, Darren Hawkins taking over and although Havant had the better of the territorial possession in a scoreless first half, Weston had the better of the scoring chances.Marc McGregor was narrowly over from Sekanni Simpson's cross on 10 minutes and on 36 minutes, Marvin Brown created space for himself on the edge of the Havant six-yard box, but home keeper Shane Gore saved the situation by conceding the second of Weston's three first-half corners. Four minutes later, Lee Jarman tested the keeper with a 25-yard low free kick.Weston took the lead four minutes into the second half, when Brown and Simpson fed McGregor who spread the ball wide to his left for Hawkins to cut in and beat Gore from six yards.Havant brought on Tony Taggart and despite McGregor firing narrowly over, the home side came more into the game. in quick succession, Taggart and Craig Watkins had efforts cleared off the line by Northmore with his legs and Gary Thorne with a strong header on 68 minutes, but a minute later Havant were level when prolific scorer Rocky Baptiste rose above the Weston defence to head home Phil Warner's cross from the right.As Weston went looking for another goal, they were undone by a quick break from defence by Brett Poate whose left-wing cross looped over Northmore and found the net off the inside of the far post.