Seagulls’ playoff hopes shattered by Chippenham Town and St Albans City

PUBLISHED: 08:27 23 March 2018 | UPDATED: 08:27 23 March 2018

Tristan Plummer at Chippenham. Picture: Will.T.Photography

Tristan Plummer at Chippenham. Picture: Will.T.Photography

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Weston-super-Mare’s hopes of reaching the National League South playoffs are in tatters after two defeats in four days.

The Seagulls fell to 2-0 defeats against Chippenham Town and St Albans City on Saturday and Tuesday respectively – leaving Marc McGregor’s side well adrift of the top seven.

In 11th place, the Seagulls are seven points off the playoffs, but vital games in hand have turned to dust with eight matches left.

Weston travelled to Chippenham’s Hardenhuish Park on Saturday, hoping to bounce back from defeat to Hampton and Richmond Borough seven days previously.

But they suffered a dismal start to the game, conceding twice in 12 minutes to goals from Andy Sandell and Mike Jones.

And the Seagulls rarely threatening to recover on a bitterly cold and disappointing afternoon.

They showed more promise in Tuesday’s visit of St Albans to the Woodspring Stadium, bossing possession throughout.

But Weston were made to rue missed chances, the best of which saw Gethyn Hill have a point-blank effort miraculously cleared to safety with 25 minutes to play.

And the toothless Seagulls paid for their wastefulness 10 minutes later when Jamie Sendles-White volleyed home from a corner.

The Hertfordshire side heaped more misery on the Seagulls when Percy Kiangebeni who found the bottom corner of Luke Purnell’s net from the edge of the area.

McGregor believes his side were worthy of the points, but admitted their finishing must improve.

He said: “It is very difficult to win football matches when you don’t take your chances.

“We had numerous to go two, three, or four-nil up and we haven’t taken them.

“Football is a cruel game. They got a sloppy goal from our mistake and for the second one we were hunting to get back in the game. I’m flabbergasted we didn’t win.

“I’m pleased with how we passed the ball, but we’ve got to be more ruthless.

“We’ve got to start digging a few people out make sure they understand the importance of being good in both boxes. We can’t accept less, we want hungry people who want to die for the club.

“We will address that and hopefully they will come back stronger.”

Weston face Bognor Regis Town at home on Saturday.

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