Weston pay the penalty for missed chances

PUBLISHED: 18:07 26 January 2007 | UPDATED: 10:31 24 May 2010

ALTHOUGH Weston gave a much improved display than against Grays, they failed to turn almost continuous domination into goals and should take a lesson from

Weston-s-Mare 0 Sutton United 2ALTHOUGH Weston gave a much improved display than against Grays, they failed to turn almost continuous domination into goals and should take a lesson from their Surrey visitors who capitalised on the few chances they created to record a league double, having won 3-1 in September.Having sold Scott Walker to ambitious Truro City and Barry McConnell leaving for Dorchester Town and having to play without influential midfielder Ryan Harley and stalwart defender Gary Thorne, both injured, manager Frank Gre1gan recruited two loan signings, defender Mark Preece from Forest Green Rovers, who gave a confident display, and striker Michael Whittington, who came on minutes into the second half and showed some neat touches.Weston were on top from the start with Craig Loxton whipping in a left-wing cross on five minutes, but with no support, Sutton keeper Gary Hogan safely gathered. A minute later, Marc McGregor made a strong run from halfway, but fired narrowly over when challenged by Hogan.A neat move started by McGregor freeing Rodrigo Turnes for a run up the left, exchanging passes with Loxton and Marvin Brown, ended with Turnes forcing the first of Weston's six corners.As Sutton came into the game, Richard Harris miskicked in front of goal from a strong cross by Matt Gray and then Harris set up Warren McBean who fired over.Much against the run of play, Sutton took the lead on 27 minutes when their only corner of the half was knocked out to Gray who crossed for McBrean to head over Ryan Northmore from a couple of yards.As Weston looked to equalise, Andy Robertson fired over from Turnes' cross on 37 minutes and a minute later, Craig Rand fired wide from distance. Hogan was in action on 41 minutes, making a splendid diving save to deny McGregor's goal-bound shot.But it all went wrong just before the half-time whistle when Bashiru Alimu delivered a tremendous cross which beat the defence and Harris was on hand to knock past Northmore from a close range.Sutton had their best spell of attack early in the second half without really threatening and as Weston hit back, Hogan managed to hang on to a Turnes' effort at the second attempt and at the other end, McBean fired narrowly across goal.Whittington replaced Robertson, who was suffering from slight concussion from a first-half knock, on 53 minutes and their best chance of the half came on 69 minutes when Lee Jarman put Brown in for a one-on-one with Hogan, but the keeper spread himself well and made another splendid save.In the 90th minute, with Weston laying siege to the Sutton goal, Preece had a fierce shot blocked on the line by a defender and Hogan completed the save by falling on the ball and into injury time, Hogan had to be carried off having pulled a hamstring when taking a goal kick.* TOMORROW (Sat), Weston make a 400-mile round trip to take on Braintree Town, in Essex, with whom they played a scoreless draw in September.On Wednesday, January 31, they will be in action at the Stadium when Havant and Waterlooville provide the opposition (7.45pm). When the sides last met, also in September, the Hampshire outfit won 2-1, Weston's goal coming from Darren Hawkins.* Weston's all-time leading scorer Matt Lazenby will be guest of honour at the Havant game and hopefully he will be accompanied by his former strike partner Paul Elson.During their time with the club, Matt played 282 games and scored 181 goals, while Paul turned out on 343 in the club colours, scoring 161 goals.The club would now like to contact all the players of the Western League championship-winning squad to come along on the evening and they are asked to ring Keith Refault on 01934 620618.

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