Weston boss has sights set on play-offs

PUBLISHED: 15:52 09 February 2018 | UPDATED: 15:52 09 February 2018

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Weston boss Marc McGregor is still setting his sights on the National League South playoffs, despite being hammered at Whitehawk on Saturday, writes Sam Frost.

The Seagulls fell victim to a resurgent Hawks side at The Enclosed Ground, losing 5-1 to opponents who still sit bottom of the table, thanks to Ky Marsh-Brown’s hat-trick and an Elliot Benyon brace.

Gethyn Hill found the net from the penalty spot, but it mattered little come full time, leaving the Seagulls 11th and seven points adrift of the playoffs.

McGregor, however, told the Mercury the scoreline will not have a damaging affect on his side’s mentality.

He said: “I’m not downbeat about it. We don’t over-celebrate a win, and we don’t get too down about it when we lose.

“We made bad decisions and we were chasing the game so we didn’t deserve to win and I’m not happy to lose in that manner, but anyone there knew it wasn’t a 5-1 game.

“The pitch was the worst we’ve played on, and they’re throwing a bit of money at it to stay in the division. Anyone in the league will find it a tough place to go.”

Weston started the game promisingly, forcing a pair of decent openings, but Marsh-Brown scored in outrageous fashion to begin the onslaught. The winger cut inside 30 yards from goal and sent a stunning strike into the top corner with 12 minutes played.

Marsh-Brown doubled his tally on 31 minutes from the penalty spot. After being bundled down by Pope, the winger picked himself up and beat Luke Purnell with ease.

The Seagulls had a penalty of their own on 35 minutes, with Hill making no mistake, but it proved mere consolation with the Hawks’ rampage continuing after the break.

Benyon slammed home on 48 minutes after some poor defending before teeing up Marsh-Brown to complete his treble with a simple finish five minutes from time.

And Benyon netted deep into added time to add to Weston’s woes.

McGregor hopes his side can bounce back swiftly as they enter a three-week period with five home games, starting with Concord Rangers on Saturday.

He said: “Concord, like us, are not as consistent as they’d like.

“In the 2-2 draw at their place we caused our own problems, with two rash challenges for two penalties but we deserved the point.

“It’s such an important phase of the season. We need to start it with a win and back it up with a win. That is the only way we will be successful and make the playoffs.”

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