Late own goal gifts Seagulls three points
WESTON are in eighth spot in the Blue Square South League after this win in Cornwall on New Year’s Day which avenged the home defeat against the same opponents on Boxing Day.
From the side beaten on Boxing Day, Weston welcomed back Jamie Price and Kane Ingram, while substitute Marc McGregor was over his cold, but were missing playmaker Dale Grubb who broke a finger in an accident and was not allowed to play due to metal strapping on the fracture.
The game itself was much more even than the previous meeting, but the Weston defence was always in control and they forced the first of seven corners in the first minute. Two minutes later, Sahr Kabba, who led the attack, was through on goal, but home keeper Tom Brooks came quickly off his line to kick clear.
Weston lost Ben Cleverley on 27 minutes when he picked up a cut head in a clash, Chris Young taking over. Three minutes later, Nat Pepperell, who had a storming game wide on the right, fired narrowly across goal, but no-one could provide the finishing touch.
From another Weston corner on 46 minutes, Ingram’s lob hit the angle of post and bar, but unfortunately went over. Five minutes later, from another Pepperell fizzer of a low cross, Ingram forced a good save from Brooks.
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Price, on a run into the penalty area, was dispossessed two yards from goal and then, from yet another Pepperell low cross, missed by a packed defence, Ingram’s effort hit the base of the far post.
With the game looking like ending in stalemate, Truro’s giant defender Arran Pugh, under no pressure, trying to affect a clearance, ballooned the ball over his head and out of Brooks’ reach to give Weston the points.
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Pepperell then fired narrowly wide from a good position and in the time remaining, Truro tried desperately to salvage a draw and their best effort, a strong shot by Lee Hodges, forced a good save from Lloyd Irish.
Three home games
On Saturday, Weston start a three-game home programme with a visit by Farnborough Town (3pm) and on Tuesday, they entertain Basingstoke Town and on January 14, league leaders Woking provide the opposition (3pm).