Victory eases Seagulls' relegation fears
PUBLISHED: 16:28 20 March 2006 | UPDATED: 09:01 24 May 2010
WESTON stretched their Conference South unbeaten run to four games with this seventh away victory of the season, which involved a 13-hour round trip to Sussex
WESTON stretched their Conference South unbeaten run to four games with this seventh away victory of the season, which involved a 13-hour round trip to Sussex.The party left the Woodspring Stadium at 1pm and arrived back at 2am on Wednesday .The win lifts the Seagulls four places up the table to 12th and banishes any fears of relegation.Yet on the night, Bognor played the better football with speedy passing moves that had Weston on the back foot for long periods. The Seagulls must thank their defence, superbly marshalled by Lee Jarman, and keeper Ryan Northmore for achieving the win.From the Weston side that was held by Farnborough Town, Lewis Hogg was absent through injury, but Jon French and Darren Hawkins were welcomed back from suspension, Bradley Thomas dropping to the bench.Straight from the start, Bognor attacked, with Darren Budd testing Ryan Northmore with a swerving effort on four minutes. From the clearance Marvin Brown forced the first of Weston's six corners and then John Williams had a fierce shot on target.The Weston goal had a let-off on 22 minutes when Luke Nightingale hit a post and the rebound was hacked off the line, but three minutes later Weston almost grabbed an unlikely lead when Scott Walker freed Brown on the left. In a run to the by-line he drew keeper Craig Stoner off his line and crossed into the six-yard box where Williams scooped the ball over the bar with the goal empty.As Bognor came back, Northmore made two splendid saves to deny Richard Hudson's downward header and Ben Watson's shot, but Weston came close again on 39 minutes when Williams hit a post with a long-range effort.Five minutes into the second half, from Watson's cross from the right, the ball ended up in the Weston net, but Dan Beck earned himself a booking for fisting the ball over the line.The all-important goal came on 62 minutes when Stoner came off his line to deal with a harmless back-pass. Unfortunately for him, he sliced his clearance which fell to Brown wide on the right 35 yards out. Brown volleyed the ball over Stoner's head into the far corner of the net, a stunning effort that drew applause from the home crowd. This was Brown's third strike in successive games and his fourth in five, making him top scorer with 14 in his 31 appearances.Bognor came back strongly after this set-back, with Watson, Nightingale, Richard Hudson and Beck forcing good saves from Northmore, but most of the attacks were broken up by the Weston defenders who all had superb games.Late on, Williams, as lone striker, was put clear by Brown's chip over the defence and then by Walker's long clearance, but the efforts were snuffed out by Stoner.