Weston's unbeaten run ends at Eastleigh
PUBLISHED: 13:09 10 April 2006 | UPDATED: 09:07 24 May 2010
WESTON'S unbeaten run of six Conference South games was brought to a shuddering halt when they were outplayed by a more enterprising Eastleigh
WESTON'S unbeaten run of six Conference South games was brought to a shuddering halt when they were outplayed by a more enterprising Eastleigh and to make matters worse, midfield general Lewis Hogg will probably miss the rest of the season after suffering damage to his ankle ligaments.Five minutes before the interval, Hogg was chasing a loose ball wide on the right when he suddenly crumpled and after lengthy treatment was stretchered off and taken to a local hospital, but was later discharged and returned with the rest of the party. Speaking afterwards, he commented: "I was going well, but suddenly the ground gave way under me and I couldn't move for the pain and at the time I feared the worse."Yet the game started brightly for Weston, Scott Walker forcing 22-stone home keeper Wayne Shaw to turn a blistering 25-yard effort round his post for the first of six first-half corners, but on four minutes Eastleigh were in front when skipper Danny Smith put Dave Town in to fire home under Ryan Northmore from close range.Eastleigh struck again from their second corner on 12 minutes when Richard Hodgson's flag kick was flicked on by David Hughes for Andy Forbes to score with a thumping header from eight yards and two minutes later, Northmore did well to turn a dipping 25-yard effort by Forbes over his bar.As Weston tried to get into the game, Marvin Brown, John Williams, Walker and Mark McKeever forced corners, but Eastleigh struck again on 25 minutes when Ryan Ashford's 35-yard free kick was turned past Northmore by Smith's glancing header.Two minutes later Weston were thrown a lifeline when McKeever was fouled wide on the left and Walker's curling free kick was headed past Shaw by Sam Bailey for his first goal for the club. Later, Walker fired over and Brown forced another corner and after Hogg left, Darren Hawkins took over.In the second half, Weston tightened their defence and the game deteriorated into a ding-dong midfield battle with not much goalmouth activity. Matt Rose came close for Weston on 47 minutes when his header from Lee Jarman's free kick came off the top of the home crossbar.Eastleigh completed the rout on 82 minutes when Forbes went through unmarked to easily beat Northmore with the Weston defence expecting an offside flag which did not come.AS was reported elsewhere that Mark McKeever and Justin Pritchard were to be released by Weston and were joining Southern League Gloucester City, it now appears that through Lewis Hogg's injury and Craig Rand still having trouble with an ankle injury, these transfers may be on hold.