Williams inspires Seagulls victory
PUBLISHED: 13:06 10 April 2006 | UPDATED: 09:07 24 May 2010
WESTON'S faithful band of travelling supporters had something to cheer about at York Road as the team recorded their biggest away win of the season, with recent signing, the former Coventry City and Swansea City strik
Maidenhead United 2 Weston-s-Mare 4WESTON'S faithful band of travelling supporters had something to cheer about at York Road as the team recorded their biggest away win of the season, with recent signing, the former Coventry City and Swansea City striker John Williams giving a man of the match performance. He tormented the home defence with his electric pace on a difficult surface that had a lot of others struggling to keep their balance.This seventh away success of the season confirms Weston's 12th spot in the Conference South table and virtually condemns bottom club Maidenhead to almost certain relegation.Both sides found ball control difficult on an extremely bumpy surface, but Weston were soon in control with Lewis Hogg having a goal-bound header pushed away by debutant keeper Francisco Ramos, who played one game for Weston when he starred in the 3-1 away win at Eastbourne in September, and minutes later Scott Walker forced the first of their four corners.Williams got things going on 14 minutes when, wide on the left, he left his marker Nathan Bunce for dead and then danced through the rest of the cover defence before picking out Marvin Brown for a simple tap-in on the near post.Walker and Williams forced two more corners, but slightly against the run of play Maidenhead equalised on 29 minutes when Neville Roach, on his third appearance for the club, cut in from the right from Paul Kelly's through pass, got past the Weston defence and beat Ryan Northmore with a rising shot that squeezed between the keeper and the near post.Three minutes later Weston regained the lead when Maidenhead central defender Chris Field slipped when trying to intercept Williams' pass to Brown who went on to chip Ramos from 15 yards for his 17th strike in all competitions.Just before the interval, Northmore made a good save to deny Yashwa Romeo's shot from Abdul Saeed-Osman's pass.Early in the second half, Maidenhead had their best spell, with Roach and Saeed-Osman going close, Bunce forcing a good save from Northmore, Roach firing across the face of the goal and substitute Eric Kwakye firing over when it looked easier to score.As Weston came back, Justin Pritchard, who had just replaced Brown who picked up a slight back injury, put Hogg free on the left to burst through the defence and lay the ball back for Pritchard to beat Ramos for his first goal since rejoining the club on 63 minutes.Two minutes later the home goal had a let off when Williams, again on left, burst through the defence and found Walker whose shot beat Ramos, but Wild was on hand to clear the danger.Williams got the goal he deserved on 69 minutes when Hogg put him through, this time on the right, he cut inside Brendan Gallen, and left three other defenders floundering before beating Ramos from close range.There was still time for one more score when Roach took advantage when Jon French missed Craig Lewington's cross to score a consolation.For the last five minutes of normal time, Craig Rand, who had missed the previous four games through injury, replaced Andy Robertson.