Seagulls’ play-off hopes dented by defeat

PUBLISHED: 10:28 17 January 2013

Weston manager Craig Laird

Weston manager Craig Laird


TWO defeats in the space of five days have left Weston facing an uphill struggle to achieve their play-off dream.

Following last Tuesday’s 4-1 loss to Bath City the Seagulls conceded two early goals to lose 2-1 at Hayes and Yeading on Saturday.

Although the Seagulls, in seventh in the Blue Square South, are on the same amount of points as Farnborough in the final play-off spot, the Hampshire side have played two games fewer than Weston,

Sixth-placed Chelmsford, who are also on 33 points, have four games in hand.

Weston faced an uphill struggle to get anything from the game on Saturday, after Adam Bygrave and Tom Cadmore scored within the first 14 minutes at Woking’s Kingfield Stadium.

Although Seagulls midfielder Dayle Grubb halved the deficit with a 25-yard lob on 33 minutes and Weston dominated the second half, the home side held on for a win that takes them up to eighth in the table.

Speaking after the match, manager Craig Laird said that despite the two defeats, his team are in good form.

He said: “We’re playing well but conceding early goals like we did gave us a mountain to climb.

“I feel sorry for the players as they’ve been playing well. We’re in good form at the moment even though it might not look like it if you just see the last two results.

“I think we’ve just got to look at ourselves defensively, but Hayes and Yeading started very well on Saturday.

“We’re just not taking our chances at the moment and that’s the difference between us winning and losing. It is something we’re trying to rectify.”

Weston will at least have two new faces in the reckoning for their home match against Dorchester Town on Saturday.

The club is hoping international clearance from the Spanish FA will come through for midfielder Anton Alvarez, while Stoke City centre-back Manny Parry has rejoined on loan.

The club will hold a fans’ forum at the Woodspring Stadium on Sunday at 11am, and Laird has urged fans of all ages to come along to hear about the work being done at the club, as well as his own assessment of the season so far.

He added: “I think it’s really important that as many people as possible can get there and make as much effort as possible.

“The past forums have been moderately successful since I took over, but it would be nice for people, and especially younger people, to come along and ask us questions as they will get an honest answer.”

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