Laird urges Seagulls to make history
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WESTON manager Craig Laird has challenged his players to make history after seven points in as many days lifted his side to fourth in the Blue Square South table.
Having said the week would define Weston’s season, his side responded with two wins and a draw to tighten their grip on a play-off place.
A last-minute equaliser at relegation threatened Tonbridge Angels rescued a point before a comprehensive 3-0 home win over Bromley on Saturday.
Three days later Weston repeated the trick with a 3-1 win over Basingstoke Town.
Laird said: “We talk (to the players) about the history and writing their names in the history books.
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“When they look back in 10-15 years they can see themselves as part of one of Weston’s best sides.”
On Saturday Weston completed a league double over mid-table Bromley as their promotion rivals slipped up.
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Dayle Grubb had rescued a vital point in the dying seconds at Tonbridge earlier in the week but Weston were always in command at the Woodspring Stadium.
Less than two minutes had gone when Weston took the lead, albeit in fortuitous fashion, as Ashley Kington slammed home a clever indirect free-kick routine after visiting goalkeeper George Howard caught a back-pass.
Weston continued to press and Ross Stearn added a deserved second on 38 minutes when set up by skipper Ben Kirk.
They continued to dominate after the break although Weston only had a fine Grubb lob to show for their efforts as Howard prevented the Seagulls from making the scoreline more comprehensive.
Weston followed up the win with an equally dominant display at Basingstoke on Tuesday night.
They were again the quickest out of the blocks and took the lead through Kirk in the fourth minute.
Stearn, having been found by Martin Slocombe, weaved his way past two defenders before finding his captain who found the back of Ashley Bayes’s net.
Having set up the first, Stearn added a second on 21 minutes as he beat defender after defender before firing past Bayes from close range.
Basingstoke offered little attacking threat but found a way back into the match in the closing stages.
When Slocombe was adjudged to have tripped Delano Sam-Yorke, ex-Weston favourite Manny Williams beat Lewis Carey from the penalty spot.
Any hopes of a comeback were soon extinguished as Kirk scored his second of the night in the 86th minute when he converted Grubb’s corner.
Back-to-back wins lift Weston into fourth after Chelmsford City and Boreham Wood both dropped points over the weekend.
The Seagulls have opened up a four-point advantage over the Essex club who sit in sixth spot – one place outside the play-offs.
However the sides around Weston have two games in hand, leaving the Seagulls’ fate in their opponents’ hands.
Despite securing seven points from a possible nine, Laird said the job is not finished.
He said: “All we have to do is keep winning games. We are in a great vein of form, having lost only one in 10.
“We had a poor start to the season and then wanted to be there or thereabouts at Christmas, just hovering below with 10 games to go before giving it a go. We can only keep winning games and hope that’s enough.”
Weston travel to table-toppers Welling United on Saturday hoping to repeat their 2-0 win from February.