Seagulls impress against the Pirates
PUBLISHED: 14:55 23 July 2007 | UPDATED: 11:19 24 May 2010
THE 682 paying customers got full value for their money as Weston put on a sterling performance against their Championship League opponents who
WESTON-S-MARE 0 PLYMOUTH ARGYLE 1THE 682 paying customers got full value for their money as Weston put on a sterling performance against their Championship League opponents who fielded two complete teams for both halves of this pre-season warm-up.Although Argyle dominated play, they were unable to get the better of the home defence and after the game, Argyle manager Ian Holloway had no hesitation in naming Craig Rand as man of the match, followed closely by goalkeeper Ryan Northmore, who brought off a string of superb saves.Argyle showed their intent on six minutes when Barry Hales' blistering pace opened the home defence and his cross was met by Lee Hodges who put Ryan Dixon through, but Dixon fired wide across goal. Then on 18 minutes, Hungarian international Krisztan Timar tried a shot on the turn from 10 yards which Northmore, diving to his right, pushed to safety at full stretch.The game's only goal came on 20 minutes when Hodges made space for himself 20 yards out and beat Northmore with a swerving shot.A minute into the second half, Northmore was in action again, one-handedly tipping Rory Fallon's fierce close-range header over his bar and on the hour, the Weston keeper made another point-blank save to deny Luke Summerfield from a cross from another Hungarian international Peter Halmosi.In another dangerous Argyle attack on 71 minutes, Reuben Reid burst down the left and his cross set up Halmosi, but Northmore blocked the low shot with his legs. With their last serious attack of the game, central defender Mathias Kouo-Doumbe burst through, but his effort came off the bottom of a goal-post and was scrambled to safety.During the second half, Weston made several changes, including bringing on two Portuguese trialists Roberto Queiros and Aires Moterio.Speaking to the Mercury after the game, Ian Holloway had particular praise for the Woodspring Park playing surface: "That was undoubtedly one of the best surfaces we had the privilege of playing on, it is a credit to the Weston club." He also went on to praise the quality of the Weston performance, saying they asked a lot of questions of Argyle.The game was sponsored by local company Roof-Tek and managing director Tony Gilmore.Tim Breaker, assistant manager Plymouth Argyle and former Luton Town and West Ham star:"We were really pleased with the surface, it was a really excellent work out for our lads."Ian Holloway, manager Plymouth Argyle: "I'd like to thank everyone connected with Weston Football Club. It was pleasure to bring my team here, I was very proud of my team. The minute we walked in, we could see the progress you have made, the pitch was absolutely outstanding, the facilities you have got here are superb and we were really warmly welcomed and your team gave us a heck of game, played in a great spirit and somewhere I would definitely consider coming to again. Thank you so much indeed"WESTON-S-MARE 1 SALISBURY CITY 5ALTHOUGH Weston manager Tony Ricketts used 20 players for this game against Blue Square Premier new boys Salisbury, who have just turned full-time after winning promotion, it posed more questions than provided answers.After the midweek heroics against Plymouth Argyle, fans were looking for more of the same, but they were bitterly disappointed as the Seagulls gave an inept display and conceded some simple scores.However, Mr Ricketts has still time to get things right before August 11's kick-off, but he will soon have to find a settled side.Darrell Clarke put the visitors in front on two minutes with a 15-yard angled effort and Luke Prince added the second on 30 minutes with a 30-yard free kick that curled over the wall and into the top corner of the home net.Four minutes later they almost added a third when Paul Sales forced a full-length save from keeper Ben John.Weston's best effort of the half fell to Andy Robertson who was just wide with a thumping 10-yard header from a corner with the keeper rooted on his line.Weston made a string of changes for the second half, as did Salisbury who completely changed their team and Francis Rolli, with his first touch after coming on, pulled a goal back after good work by Gareth Hopkins on 51 minutes.Any hopes of a comeback were dashed barely two minutes later when Mike Fowler scored with a tap-in after a dreadful mix-up in the home defence. Fowler added another on 73 minutes when, unchallenged, he scored from 25 yards with the defence standing still.Teenage wideman Liam Feeney, whose pace was a threat to the defence all second half, wrapped up the scoring on 84 minutes.* Weston manager Tony Ricketts has announced a further pre-season match on Saturday when the Seagulls will be visiting Western League Division 1 neighbours, Weston St John's at their Coleridge Road ground, kick off: 3pm.A club spokesman said: "The manager is expecting to field a strong team at Weston St John's; it is a long time since we have taken a team to play our neighbours, so it should be a good afternoon's football for everybody. "We hope there will be a good attendance at Saints ground and it's an entertaining afternoon."In a new competition for Blue Square league clubs, the Setanta Shield, Weston have been drawn away to Bath City in the first round, to be played in the week commencing October 1.If they are successful, they will travel to Newport County in the second round, to be played the week commencing November 12.