Slack Seagulls held by Truro City
PUBLISHED: 13:32 08 August 2018 | UPDATED: 13:32 08 August 2018
Weston-super-Mare are winless after two games of the new National League South campaign, drawing 1-1 with Truro City after Saturday's debacle at Wealdstone.
Marc McGregor’s Seagulls had hopes of putting to bed the misery of the 4-1 defeat in Hertfordshire, but a slack and stuttering showing saw them settle for a point against the Cornish outfit at the Woodspring Stadium on Tuesday.
The game’s excitement was largely confined to a four-minute spell in the second half which saw Ed Palmer smash a free kick over the wall to give the visitors the lead, but Jacob Cane netted a quickfire reply to get his team on level terms.
McGregor told the Mercury his side showed significant improvement from the drubbing at Grosvenor Vale, but admitted there is plenty of work to be done on the training pitch.
He said: “It’s disappointing we didn’t come away with all three points but we played a lot better than we did on Saturday. It’s not doom and gloom, it’s a point and we’ll look at the positives, but the group knows there’s more to come from themselves.”
The Seagulls best chance of the first half came on 40 minutes when Jamie Lucas played in Eli Phipps, who skilfully lobbed the keeper only to see his effort cleared off the line by Niall Thompson and Ben Swallow’s follow-up volley was fortuitously deflected behind to safety.
Truro, as they so often have done to the Seagulls in recent years, profited from a set piece when centre-back Palmer whipped in a stunning free kick from 25 yards on 62 minutes leaving Luke Purnell with no chance.
But Weston responded well and captain Cane was on hand to snatch a leveller just four minutes later, nodding home from close range after Jarrad Welch’s mishit volley deceived the defence.
The home side looked the more likely to find a winner – Welch going closest with a fierce drive from range which was stopped by the fingertips of Corey Harvey – but their lack of conviction in possession and loose passing put paid to hopes of securing three points ahead of the visit of St Albans City on Saturday and McGregor expects a tough challenge.
He said: “Ian Allinson is a very good manager and he’ll have a gameplan. We lost to them twice last year and I envisage it being another tough game.”
Wealdstone 4-1 Weston
■ Weston started the new National League South season in dreadful fashion on Saturday, suffering a 4-1 thrashing at Wealdstone.
Marc McGregor’s side enjoyed a promising pre-season, but any positivity went out the window at Grosvenor Vale with the Stones proving too much for the Seagulls.
Early goals from Joe White and David Pratt put the home side ahead within seven minutes, but Eli Phipps pulled one back with a sweetly-struck volley a quarter of an hour later.
But the two-goal cushion was quickly regained before the interval thanks to Bradley Hudson-Odoi’s tidy finish.
And Pratt bagged a brace and rounded off a dismal afternoon for Weston with a drive into the bottom corner with four minutes left.
McGregor admitted his charges were fortunate not to concede more.
He said: “Clearly this is not something we planned for, but in all honesty it could’ve been worse. We weren’t at the races and it’s really disappointing after a good pre-season.
“We had too many players off it, giving three-out-of-10 performances, but they’re an honest bunch and they know that. They know what they need to do to improve.”