Seagulls put up a good showing
PUBLISHED: 11:18 31 July 2006 | UPDATED: 09:40 24 May 2010
STILL missing injured Craig Rand, Gary Thorpe and Marc McGregor, Weston manager Frank Gregan brought in several trialists to face Swansea, and the Football League side got home by two goals in the space of two second-half minutes
STILL missing injured Craig Rand, Gary Thorpe and Marc McGregor, Weston manager Frank Gregan brought in several trialists to face Swansea, and the Football League side got home by two goals in the space of two second-half minutes.Central defender Lee Henry and left-sided midfielder Rodrigues Tournes arrived from Swindon Town, accompanied by Town's assistant manager Gus Poyet, the former Chelsea star; youngsters Ben Wiltshire, who did well in defence, and Dean O'Connor, who started on the bench, from Bristol Rovers; and Gary Fisher, the Taunton Town captain, who did well in midfield.The visitors fielded a strong side and although they had slightly the better of the first-half play, they failed to trouble home keeper Ryan Northmore, who had only one serious save to make, going full stretch to deny former Torquay United top scorer Bayo Akinfenwa on 22 minutes.Weston took the lead on 33 minutes when Sekani Simpson's free kick from just outside the penalty area near the bye-line was met by John Williams' head and keeper Andy Oakes could only help the ball to the net.Swansea drew level on 42 minutes when Lee Jarman's attempted chest-back to Northmore was intercepted by Leon Knight who nipped in to score.Both sides made changes for the second half and Akinfenwa put Swansea in front on 54 minutes with a shot on the turn from Willy Bolland's cross and two minutes later, the former Swindon striker Rory Fallon's looping cross came back off the inside of a post and Bolland was on hand to sweep the ball to the net with Northmore stranded.Weston squad: Northmore, Wiltshire (Mawford 75), Bailey, Jarman, Henry, Rose, Simpson (Hudson 75), Fisher (Walker 75), Williams (Herrod 75), Brown, Toures (O'Connor 75).Before the game, the crowd of 485 were entertained by local tenor Tim Simpson. A collection for the British Heart Foundation, taken during the game, raised £120.