Seagulls in unlucky loss to Plymouth Argyle
PUBLISHED: 07:00 02 August 2012
WESTON’S build-up to the new Blue Square South season continued with a spirited and unfortunate loss to Plymouth Argyle.
Despite losing 3-1 to the League Two side at the Woodspring Stadium on Friday, the scoreline flattered the visitors and Weston gave a competent display throughout.
Manager Craig Laird left Chas Hemmings, Dayle Grubb and Marcus Duharty on the bench, starting with Chris Young.
Weston made the better running in the opening stages of the match, with Nat Pepperell firing narrowly over having been released by a fine 35-yard pass from new signing Ross Stearn.
Against the run of play, Argyle opened the scoring on 12 minutes when striker Jared Sims put winger Joe Lennox through to beat Lloyd Irish from 15 yards.
Weston tried to get back into the game, with Stearn testing away keeper Ollie Chenoweth on 21 minutes and Argyle centre-back Curtis Nelson blocking Young’s shot on the line with Chenoweth beaten.
From an Argyle corner Irish did well to save Ladjie Soukouna’s header from a Paul Wotton free-kick, but on the stroke of half-time he was beaten as Soukouna did better to beat from close range following another Wotton pass.
There was a flurry of substitutions from both sides at half-time, and one of Plymouth’s changes, Argentinian triallist Andres Gurrieri, cracked a shot off the Weston crossbar as they kept up the pressure.
Weston battled back again, and finally got a reward for their efforts on 66 minutes – substitute Grubb putting new addition Ashley Kington through to beat keeper Rene Gilmartin.
But minutes later Argyle completed the scoring when Irish came off his line and took out Northern Ireland international Warren Feeney, who dusted himself off to beat the Weston keeper from the penalty spot.
Weston faced Gloucester City last night (Weds) as the Mercury went to press, and will then play Yate Town tomorrow (Fri) and Torquay United on August 10.
Laird said the matches against league opposition were giving the team an invaluable opportunity to test themselves.
He said: “We’re really pleased, we don’t think some of the results have gone our way but we have played quite well.
“I think we just need to eradicate the little mistakes that have cost us in the friendly games, but I think we will be well-prepared for the new season if we carry on in this vein.”
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