Laird happy with performances despite defeats

Kane Ingram scored at Yeovil.

Kane Ingram scored at Yeovil. - Credit: Archant

A NEAR full-strength Yeovil Town side knocked Weston out of the Somerset Premier Cup on Tuesday.

The Seagulls lost 4-1 at Huish Park despite a spirited performance in which they matched the Championship side for long spells.

The defeat, coupled with a 4-0 loss a Farnborough Town on Saturday, has seen Weston lose five of their last six games in all competitions.

Manager Craig Laird said results are not matching performances at the moment.

He said: “Errors we are making are costing us. We seem to be creating the same number of chances as the opposition.

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“We have not been playing poorly but are just not doing well enough in either box.”

Weston found themselves behind after just 20 minutes at Farnborough, despite dominating the opening stages.

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Dayle Grubb was denied by Kevin Scriven before the Seagulls lost possession inside the penalty area to allow Dave Tarpey to break the deadlock.

They fell further behind a minute before half-time as goalkeeper Luke Purnell denied Josh Huggins from point-blank range only for the defender to knock in the rebound.

Pushing on after the break, Weston were hit on the counter as Tarpey was given acres of room to slot past Purnell after 50 minutes.

A scrappy fourth followed shortly afterwards as Weston failed to clear a low cross before Scott Donnelly fired home.

Farnborough continued to press with Purnell’s crossbar being struck and Tarpey denied a hat-trick when his low drive shaved the far post.

Weston have not scored in five of their last six league games and slip to ninth in the Skrill South table.

Laird made five changes for the trip to Yeovil and Weston were unfortunate to see themselves two goals down at the interval.

Fiddes came close to giving the Seagulls the lead and although the Championship’s bottom club were playing some attractive football, Purnell was not tested early on.

Sam Foley tapped in from close range in the 44th minute before an own goal 60 seconds later left the Seagulls with a mountain to climb.

Bristol City loanee Liam Fontaine added a third just after half-time but the Seagulls kept the game alive when substitute Kane Ingram followed up Harris’ effort with 25 minutes to play.

Ingram went close with a free-kick before Luke Ayling settled the tie in the 70th minute.

A late fracas saw Ayling along with Weston’s Ingram and Callum Laird sent off.

The Seagulls boss however believes the referee missed other Yeovil players throwing punches who were more deserving of a red card.

Purnell, who was excellent all night, produced a string of late saves from James Hayter, Ed Upson and Paddy Madden.

Laird was proud of his players’ efforts against a side who had beaten Nottingham Forest at home 3-1 last month.

He said: “It was a cracking game of football and a great spectacle. It shows we aren’t that far away.

“We have been really punished by any mistake with the ball or by a referee’s decision and by not taking our chances. However we can’t blame it all on the referees. It isn’t him who is missing the goal.”

Weston’s home match on Saturday has been postponed as Bishop’s Stortford are playing in the FA Cup.

The Seagulls will travel to Staines Town on Tuesday evening and they welcome back centre-back Jamie Laird after a three-match ban.

The Seagulls have also been drawn at home to local rivals Tiverton Town in the third qualifying round of the FA Trophy. Former Weston centre-back Matt Villlis is likely to play in the game on November 16.

? Video by The Boro TV.

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