Seagulls slip to league defeat away at Poole

PUBLISHED: 16:02 13 December 2017 | UPDATED: 16:02 13 December 2017

Jason Pope. Picture by Will T Photography.

Jason Pope. Picture by Will T Photography.

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Weston slipped to defeat at Poole Town, despite a strong second half showing.

Poole Town 3

Weston 1

Hosts Poole Town recorded their first home league win of the season with a 3-1 victory over the Seagulls.

Weston started the stronger side, with the recalled Tristan Plummer shooting straight into the arms of Poole keeper Nick Hutchings, while Dayle Grubb’s shot was deflected for a corner.

It was the host who scored the opening goal when centre-forward Warren Bentley caught the Seagulls defence napping.

The striker was adjudged to have been clipped by Luke Purnell and the referee awarded a penalty for the home side, accompanied by a yellow card for the Weston shot stopper. Steve Devlin drilled home the spot-kick for the first goal.

Jacob Cane was shown a yellow card for a rash challenge on Corby Moore just inside the Poole half, with most of the players getting involved in the aftermath.

Devlin and Jez Bedford both curled free-kicks wide and over respectively as Poole looked to double their advantage. The home side managed to do so just before the break, when centre-back Jason Pope’s pass defensive partner Harvey Smith fell short. Bentley raced on to it and slotted the shot past the dive of Purnell.

In the second half, Weston looked a more determined side with a higher tempo to their game, pinning Poole back inside their own half. Plummer’s flick round the corner for Jake Lee was thwarted by the legs of Hutchings.

However, four minutes from the end, Poole got a third against the run of play. The ball was threaded through for substitute Jeremiah Gyebi to tuck the ball into the corner to seal all three points.

The Seagulls nicked a consolation in added time when Gethyn Hill was picked out on the edge of the area and the Welshman slammed a shot past Hutchings, but it was too little, too late for the Seagulls.

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