Late goal leaves Weston needing a win for safety
PUBLISHED: 09:53 20 March 2006 | UPDATED: 09:01 24 May 2010
WESTON dominated long periods of this game but, once again, could not see the game out to gain maximum points
WESTON dominated long periods of this game but, once again, could not see the game out to gain maximum points.Mid-table Bath Buccs claimed a late equaliser to deny Weston the points and ensure that the fight to beat relegation is taken to the final fixture against Exeter side Isca.With several key players missing, skipper Long was forced to change the starting line-up. They took the game to Bath in the opening stages and almost took the lead in the opening seconds as Long made a piercing run, combined with Bearsby, and won a penalty corner which was well saved by the Bath keeper.Weston maintained this pressure with excellent work from McConkey, Grant and Price and were unfortunate not to take the lead through a number of penalty corners.Bath gradually forced their way into the game and eventually punished a rare lapse in concentration by Weston to take the lead which remained for the first half. Weston keeper Beer made a series of class saves to restrict the visitor's advantage.Weston's response from the restart took Bath by surprise. The work rate flowed from the top two of Brees and Bearsby right through the side. Long and McConkey took control of the game in the middle and the defence was marshalled well by Frankpitt and Chambers.Summers' effort in defence was exceptional. The Weston pressure soon resulted in a deserved equaliser. A typical run by Long penetrated the Bath defence and he crossed to the far post for Price to finish calmly.Soon after, Long cleverly lobbed the defence to release Bearsby whose accurate long pass found Brees unmarked in the D. His shot was saved by the advancing Bath keeper, but in his effort to follow up, Brees was illegally obstructed by the keeper and a penalty was awarded.Bearsby slotted home for his 20th goal of the season. As has been the case in recent weeks, Weston could not hold on to record a win as Bath claimed an equaliser with five minutes remaining. Weston keeper Beer was awarded man of the match, whilst the Anchor award went to Osmond.Fortunately, Weston's main relegation rivals West Glos lost to top side Cheltenham, which leaves Weston two points behind.