Victory slips through Weston’s grasp again

PUBLISHED: 18:23 25 August 2018 | UPDATED: 18:23 25 August 2018

Weston FC vs St Albans City.

Weston FC vs St Albans City.

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Weston-super-Mare’s miserable start to the National League South season continued today (Saturday), conceding a late equaliser to draw 1-1 at the Woodspring Stadium with Oxford City.

The Seagulls are marooned at the bottom of the table and remain winless after six games, and a dreadful defensive error cost them dearly.

The Seagulls were on course for victory after Jarrad Welch whipped a wonderful strike into the net with 18 minutes to play, but a moment of dismal defending – something which is becoming far too familiar for Marc McGregor’s side – on 82 minutes allowed Kabonga Tshimanga to stab home from close range to snatch a point.

The draw leaves Weston at the foot of the table with just two points ahead of a trip to Bath City on Monday.

McGregor said: “We dominated from start to finish. It was a tough game, although they didn’t really hurt us and we deserved to win.

“We should have nine points from our home games so far and we’ve ended up with two, but we know we’ll turn the corner and defensively we looked good.”

Weston dominated from the outset, with superiority in possession without being clinical in front of goal.

Welch saw a well-struck shot from the edge of the area tipped over by Craig King on 20 minutes, and 10 minutes later he saw a goal-bound strike hooked away by Ben Jefford.

George Nurse and Jamie Lucas both went close before half time, with Oxford clinging on without offering an attacking threat.

More chances passed Weston by after the break, until a moment of magic from Welch in the 72nd minute. Ben Swallow kept a long ball in near the right corner flag, cutting the ball back for the Welshman who curled a first-time strike into the top corner with King rooted.

But, when a first victory seemed certain for Weston, a sliced clearance from Jacob Cane at a corner saw the ball balloon into the six-yard box, and Kabonga profited from the scramble to prod home the equaliser.

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