Havant & Waterlooville 6-0 Weston

WESTON'S depleted squad suffered their biggest defeat of the season as they were completely overwhelmed by a rampant home side looking to cement a place in the end of season playoffs.

WESTON'S depleted squad suffered their biggest defeat of the season as they were completely overwhelmed by a rampant home side looking to cement a place in the end of season playoffs.

Unable to bring in loan signings at this late stage of the season, manager Andy Gurney was forced to include himself and the unfit Josh Klein-Davies in the starting line-up for Tuesday night's clash.

However, both had to come off at the interval and Weston finished with four youth team players on the field, Dayle Grubb, who started, Jake Mawford, Mason Gardner, making his debut, and Jake Harris.

Considering that Havant put four goals past league champions Newport County last weekend, this was not a bad performance by the Seagulls, who also lost Clayton Fortune to injury.


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Havant, needing to win, attacked from the start and the opening goal came on three minutes when their Turkish star Mustafa Tiryaki burst into a crowded six-yard box and beat Kevin Sawyer from close range. Minutes later, former Weston favourite Manny Williams headed just over from Tiryaki's cross.

Havant struck again on 16 minutes when skipper Ian Simpemba reacted quickest to Steve Walker's headed cross to get behind Weston's defence to score from a couple of yards.

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The game was over as a contest on 34 minutes when Josh Ford, trying to make a clearance, brought down Wes Fogden and Williams beat Sawyer from the penalty spot. Ford earned himself a yellow card for remonstrating with the referee. Two minutes before the interval, Fogden scored the fourth with a shot that took a deflection off a defender.

Havant forced their first corner six minutes into the second half, but Fogden got his second of the game on 54 minutes when Sawyer, under pressure, tried to dribble a back-pass to safety. Unfortunately he was robbed and, despite the attentions of Craig Rand and Mike Green, Fogden easily scored.

Weston's misery was completed on 63 minutes when Sawyer went full length to deny Tiryaki's shot, but Walker scored from the rebound.

In the dying minutes Mawford burst through the home defence and forced the only save of the game from Aaron Howe and the move was greeted by warm applause by the 796-strong crowd.

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