Weston-super-Mare 3 Whitehawk 1 - Seagulls off to a flying start
PUBLISHED: 18:15 06 August 2016 | UPDATED: 19:17 06 August 2016
Weston-super-Mare got their National League South campaign off to the perfect start with a convincing 3-1 win over Whitehawk today (Saturday), which delighted manager Ryan Northmore.
Hamilton OG 46
Pope OG 16
Weston v Whitehawk gallery
Jake Mawford watches on. Picture: William Cooper.
Joe McClennan tries to win the ball. Picture by William Cooper
Jake Mawford runs in midfield. Picture by William Cooper
Shawn McClousky runs with the ball. Picture by William Cooper
Shawn McCoulsky celebrates. Picture by William Cooper.
The team celebrate. Picture by William Cooper.
WESTON: Purnell, Simpson, Williams, Cane (Mullings 25), Pope , Fortune ©, McClennan, Mawford (Meechan 77), McCoulsky, Grubb (Dowling 68), Kington
Subs not used: Barnes, Wring
WHITEHAWK: Covolan, Mann, Yan, Favarel, Hamilton, Llenga (Marimon 80), West, Torres ©, Mills, Abdulla, Culley (Agostinii 55)
Subs not used: Rodrigues, M’Boungou, Munoz
It was a high-tempo encounter from the start and Weston dominating the early stages but struggled to keep possession in attacking positions.
After nine minutes, the Seagulls’ stand-out performer Shawn McClousky had a glorious chance to give the home side the lead.
He burst through the Whitehawk defence and caught out Covolan in the visitors’ goal but his shot sailed wide of the post.
But Weston were left shell-shocked after 16 minutes when the visitors took the lead against the run of play.
Mike West sprinted forward on the right hand side and caught out the Seagulls’ defence on the break.
Jason Pope attempted to clear but could only watch as his shot slid into the back of the net.
But Weston did manage to grab a deserved equaliser just before the break.
Dayle Grubb’s perfectly placed corner was met by Jake Mawford and his towering header was only ever destined for the back of the net.
It was then more of the same in the second half.
Almost immediately after the re-start the Seagulls took the lead.
McCoulsky’s scintillating run down the right caused Marvin Hamilton problems and the Whitehawk defender was left blushing as his touch took the ball past Covolan.
McCoulsky then capped off his man of the match performance with a goal of his own 20 minutes from time.
He cleverly beat the offside trap and his classy finish secured the win and ensured the home side made the perfect start to the season.
Manager Ryan Northmore told the Mercury he believed his side deserved more goals for their dominant performance.
He said: “I felt the players went out and did what was asked of them. I think had we scored a few more goals that would have been a fairer reflection.
“We have shown a bit of character, re-built and didn’t let it affect us. That made the victory even sweeter.”