Suffering Seagulls crash to defeat
PUBLISHED: 17:47 02 May 2006 | UPDATED: 09:12 24 May 2010
THIS was an extraordinary game in West London, as one from bottom of the Conference South League, Hayes recorded their biggest win of the season, despite Weston dominating the game
Hayes 4 Weston-super-Mare 1THIS was an extraordinary game in West London, as one from bottom of the Conference South League, Hayes recorded their biggest win of the season, despite Weston dominating the game.Hayes had four shots on target all game, but they all ended up in the back of the Weston net and the win lifts them out of the relegation zone, swapping places with Carshalton Athletic on goal difference.Weston started in dominant mood, John Williams forcing a corner in the second minute, and from Hawkins' flag-kick Lee Jarman rose above the defence on the far post to head against the crossbar.Three minutes later, Kieran Knight controlled a throw-in on the right and tried an effort from 30 yards which looped over Ryan Northmore and into the net.As Weston came back, Hawkins twice went close with deep crosses, and Jarman's 14th minute low free kick was only feet wide of a post. Jon French was just over with another deep cross and French's 26th-minute free kick was taken off Jarman's head by home keeper Kevin Davies.But disaster struck Weston again on 28 minutes. Hayes were awarded a free kick 35 yards out from goal. Northmore came out to organise his defence and Hayes' Kevin Warner quickly took the kick into the empty net. John Williams pulled a goal back in the 31st minute when he controlled Marvin Brown's pass and beat Davies from 30 yards all along the ground.Hayes soon hit back, however, on 41 minutes when, with their best move of the game, Knight and Michael Bartley burst through the Weston defence exchanging passes and Bartley finished it off by beating Northmore from a narrow angle.Just before the half-time whistle, Brown had the ball in the Hayes' net, but an offside flag was raised for the only time against Weston.Early in the second half, Williams had an effort blocked by Davies and French was again just wide, but as frustration set in, Sam Bailey was cautioned and on 73 minutes was shown a straight red for retaliation after being fouled. Craig Rand was cautioned for a tackle on 77 minutes and from the resultant free kick, Knight got his second goal of the game with a tremendous 30-yard free kick over Northmore. For the last 15 minutes, Weston brought on another Academy youngster Craig Herrod, who did well in the short space of time.WESTON-S-MARE 2 BOGNOR REGIS TOWN 2LEADING by a couple of goals with only 15 minutes left to play, Weston looked to be on track to finish their Conference South home programme in style, but two lapses in concentration allowed Bognor back in to take an unlikely point away.With nothing at stake, Weston manager Frank Gregan opted to start with teenagers from the club's Academy, Tom Dancey, whose father Martin played for the club in the 1980s, and Russell Driver, and both made promising debuts in midfield.Mr Gregan said: "The lads did well for me, but they were out on their feet when I took them off midway through the second half."The side looked much more aggressive, with Brown and Williams going close in the opening minutes and on eight minutes, Brown and Williams set up Scott Walker, whose low shot was blocked by Bognor keeper Craig Stoner. Minutes later, Stoner was in action again getting down to deny Brown from Williams' low cross and in the next attack, Brown headed just wide from Williams' cross.Williams twice went close as did Brown, who forced a diving save from Stoner before home pressure paid off on 32 minutes. Jon French burst through the defence on the right with Williams in support and his low cross evaded the defence for Brown to notch his 18th strike of the season. Weston changed things around in the second half, bringing on Darren Hawkins and Rose for the youngsters, while Jarman replaced Craig Rand, who had picked up a slight knock and they increased their lead on 81 minutes when a huge clearance by Northmore was headed over Stoner, who had come off his line, by Bognor central defender Charlie Balf.Bognor bounced back and four minutes later Kirkwood reduced the arrears with an 18-yard effort from Ben Johnson's lay off and although Hawkins forced another corner at the other end, Bognor struck again two minutes from time when Jamie Howell and Kirkwood set up Watson to beat Northmore from close range.