Rock-bottom Weston’s wait for a win goes on

PUBLISHED: 08:16 11 September 2018 | UPDATED: 08:16 11 September 2018

Bradley Ash's return could not help the Seagulls get their first win of the season. Will.T.Photography

Bradley Ash's return could not help the Seagulls get their first win of the season. Will.T.Photography

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Weston-super-Mare’s dreadful start to the National League South season continued on Saturday, suffering a 3-1 defeat to Hampton and Richmond Borough.

Goals from Craig Dundas, Chris Dickson and Zak Joseph gave last season’s playoff finalists a healthy lead at The Beveree as the Seagulls’ miserable run continued, with Jamie Lucas’ penalty offering mere consolation.

Defeat – the 15th in 20 games for Marc McGregor’s side in a dismal run stretching back to last season – sees Weston remain mired at the foot of the table, six points adrift of safety.

McGregor said: “I’m really disappointed with the first 45. We looked at a different shape to try to get more people into the box to score goals, but people didn’t take up their responsibilities and we struggled defending one-v-one.

“We addressed it at half-time and in the second half we were very good. They dropped into a deep shape because we dominated the ball.

“With a little bit of luck, we would have got the first goal in the second half.”

Hampton dominated the opening exchanges, but Luke Purnell was in fine form and made several smart saves.

But he could not prevent Dundas from opening the scoring with 20 minutes played – the striker finding the bottom corner from the edge of the area with a low left-footed drive.

The lead was doubled six minutes later by Dickson, who was played in behind and coolly slotted into the bottom corner.

And Joseph compounded Weston’s misery on 62 minutes, outmuscling Jake Lee before bending a sweet strike into the net from 20 yards out.

Weston pulled one back from the spot with 23 minutes to play after Jarrad Welch was felled by Rian Bray, and Lucas rifled the ball into the roof of the net – but it mattered little at full time.

Pressure on McGregor is certainly growing, but he is confident his side is capable of escaping the mire.

He said: “We’re good enough to start climbing the table and the lads know it, but we’ve got to start doing it. We need to be mature on the ball and want to defend a little bit more.”

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