Seagulls pick up their first points
PUBLISHED: 14:58 27 August 2006 | UPDATED: 09:46 24 May 2010
NOT only did Weston pick up their first points of the season with a sterling defensive performance at The Camrose, but they climbed into 16th spot in the Conference South table, thanks
Basingstoke town 0 Weston-s-Mare 1NOT only did Weston pick up their first points of the season with a sterling defensive performance at The Camrose, but they climbed into 16th spot in the Conference South table, thanks to their only shot on target of a tight game.With loan signing Leigh Henry failing a fitness test, manager Frank Gregan gave a first start of the season to new signing Gary Thorne, who gave a man of the match performance in the heart of the defence.After Basingstoke's Ben Surey had a free kick easily claimed by Ryan Northmore on two minutes - their only effort of the first half - Weston got into their stride and on seven minutes Marc McGregor was only feet wide from Marvin Brown's effort.Keeping up the momentum, Weston got the vital goal on 13 minutes when Sekani Simpson had a strong run on the right and found support from Craig Loxton who beat his marker, but his strong shot cannoned off the legs of keeper Stuart Searle and fell kindly for Marvin Brown who fired past the stranded keeper from 15 yards.Weston lost John Williams on 25 minutes with a hamstring injury and he will definitely miss at least the next two games, away tomorrow (Sat) to Eastbourne and home to Bedford Town on Bank Holiday Monday, Darren Hawkins taking over. Unfortunately, this disjointed the Weston attack and afterwards they rarely threatened.Skipper Matt Rose found McGregor wide on the right on 29 minutes and he beat two defenders, but his low cross was cut out by Searle with Brown and Loxton closing in. Weston missed a glorious chance of increasing the lead on 53 minutes when McGregor, who was at his best playing a linking role behind the attack, put Hawkins through, but with only Searle to beat, Hawkins fired wide.Wing-back Mike Gillan made a speedy run down the left on 61 minutes, but there was no support for his cross and a minute later, when Weston were awarded a free kick just outside the home penalty area, Lee Jarman's shot beat the defensive wall, but just missed the far post.Midway through the half, Basingstoke brought on all three substitutes and they began to dominate, and Francis Quarm clipped the top of Northmore's crossbar and the home side went on to force six corners.By this time, Weston were on the back foot, but despite Basingstoke's best efforts, Northmore was rarely troubled and Weston gave them a scare on 81 minutes when Craig Rand, who again was dominant at the back, saw his 45-yard effort whistle past Searle's post.Northmore made his only serious save of the game two minutes from time when he got down well to beat out substitute Ben Wright's effort, Rand completing the clearance by conceding a corner.