Seagulls looking up after consecutive wins
PUBLISHED: 10:00 05 January 2017 | UPDATED: 10:48 05 January 2017
The outlook for Weston-super-Mare is looking much brighter after taking six points off Truro City over the festive period, leaving them in the bottom three on only goal difference.
Scott Bartlett’s side followed up their much-needed 2-1 win in Cornwall on Boxing Day with a convincing 4-2 victory at the Woodspring Stadium on New Years Day, but once again they needed to come from behind.
It seemed the festive celebrations may have taken their toll on the Seagulls after a sluggish start, but they soon found their rhythm and were too much for a ragged Truro defence.
Midfield maestro Dayle Grubb continued his impressive form by hammering home a pair of wicked free kicks and notching an assist, while recently-signed striker Gethyn Hill netted his second goal in as many games.
But it was Truro who took the lead on six minutes when diminutive striker Rocky Neal scored after Niall Thompson found him unmarked in the penalty area. Neal, who scored the opener on Boxing Day, made no mistake and coolly slotted past Luke Purnell with his first-time shot.
The goal woke the Seagulls from their slumber and, after Brad Ash grazed the outside of the post soon after, they levelled on 20 minutes.
Dayle Grubb was tripped 25 yards from goal and he picked himself up to whip a delicious free kick around the wall and into the top corner with goalkeeper Martin Rice at a standstill.
Bartlett’s side continued to pile on the pressure and profited from a calamitous goalkeeping error on 35 minutes with winger Jamie Chamberlain netting his first goal for the club.
White Tigers’ left-back Jamie Richards had plenty of time to clear his lines, but he could only slam the ball into the back of Chamberlain, sending the ball ballooning into the air. Rice charged off his line to claim the ball but was beaten by the bounce on the soggy turf and the former Torquay forward had an open net to notch his first goal for Weston.
The Seagulls stretched their lead just a minute after the break when the peerless Grubb squared for Gethyn Hill to find the back of the net from 10 yards, making it two in two for the Welshman.
Weston continued to attack the leaky Truro defence, but several chances to put the game to bed went begging.
And they were made to pay seven minutes from time when veteran defender Chris Todd – deployed in an attacking role – controlled his header perfectly to beat Luke Purnell at the far post.
But the Lee Hodges’ side could not muster an equaliser in the closing stages and Grubb doubled his tally to wrap up the points when Lloyd Humphries was brought down on the edge of the area.
The classy midfielder bent a wicked free kick over the wall to complete a convincing win for the Seagulls, who had gone four months without consecutive victories. After clawing back a deficit of points, Bartlett’s side remain in the bottom three only on goal difference.
The result leaves Weston in touching distance of the pack ahead of them in the table, which pleased goalkeeper Luke Purnell.
He said: “It was a difficult game in difficult conditions, but I think the lads were fantastic.
“Going forwards we were very good and defensively we showed a lot of resilience which I think we haven’t shown enough of in the past, but in the past 10 games or so there’s been a massive change.
“There’s not a lot of teams that I think we can’t win against, on our day I think we can be unplayable.”