Injury-hit Seagulls well beaten
ST ALBANS CITY 3 WESTON-S-MARE 0 - WESTON'S injury-hit squad were second-best at Clarence Park and suffered another defeat.
ST ALBANS CITY 3WESTON-S-MARE WESTON'S injury-hit squad were second-best at Clarence Park and suffered another defeat and although they welcomed back Marc McGregor and Craig Rand, both had to be withdrawn in the second half as a precautionary measure as they felt the effects of their latest injuries.To make matters worse, latest loan signing Tom Evans had to be substituted also in the second half as he appeared dazed from a challenge, but he is expected to be fit for Saturday's game against Worcester City.They made a positive start, McGregor forcing a smart save from home keeper Paul Bastock from a free kick on 12 minutes and four minutes later Scott Partridge had the ball in the Saints net from Ben Wells' cross, but was denied by an offside flag.Against the run of play, Saints broke the deadlock on 22 minutes when from a quick breakout from defence Hassam Sulaiman made a speedy run on the right, beating Ben Willshire, who was playing out of position, and crossed from Paul Hakim to head past Ryan Northmore from eight yards. After that Saints dominated, forcing two corners, and on 33 minutes scored again when James Fisher broke down the left and crossed for skipper Ben Martin to beat Northmore from close range.Although Weston forced a couple of corners, which saw McGregor fired narrowly over from Partridge's flag kick, the home side came close again as Northmore was forced to knock Soloman Shields' fierce low effort to safety a minute before the break.Seven minutes into the second half, Evans had to go off, Matt Groves taking over with Adi Harris going into the centre of defence and at the same time, manager Andy Gurney brought on Ashan Holgate, who had missed the last 21 games through injury, took over from McGregor and played well.Wells fired narrowly over from distance and Weston came closest on 57 minutes when Marvin Brown rapped Bastock's crossbar from eight yards. Wells again tested Bastock from distance and then Rand was taken off, Sam Clark taking over and again they had to reorganise the defence.Saints scored again on 77 minutes when Jonathan Hunt's corner was headed in by Simon Martin. Harris had a header on target from Wells' free kick three minutes later, but Northmore had to make two splendid saves to deny Hector Mackie and substitute Alex Bailey.WESTON STATS Goals: Saints, Hakim (22), Ben Martin (33), Simon Martin (77).Shots on target: Saints 6, Weston 4.Shots off target: Saints 4, Weston 2.Corners: Saints 9, Weston 3.Offsides: Saints 5, Weston 3.Free kicks conceded: Saints 12, Weston 16.Referee: Andrew Parker (Stamford-le-Hope, Essex). Reasnable game.Bookings: Saints, Ben Martin. Weston, McGregor, Harris.Attendance: 393.Weston squad: Northmore, Kite, Willshire, Harris, Rand (Clark 75), Evans (Groves 52), Bartlett, Wells, Brown, McGregor (Holgate 52), Partridge. Subs (not used): Armstrong, Purnell (goal).ON Saturday, Weston take the shore trip up the M5 to take on Worcester City at St George's Lane and they will be looking to improve on the 1-1 draw when the sides met in August, thanks to Andy Gurney's strike.Bank Holiday Monday (3pm) sees Weston's last home game of the season when Dorchester Town will provide the opposition and Weston will be looking for a Blue Square double.