Match report: Chances go begging on frustrating afternoon for Weston-super-Mare
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Weston-super-Mare remain in the National League South relegation zone this evening after a 1-1 draw with Gosport Borough.
A heroic display from Gosport goalkeeper Lewis Watch at the Woodspring Stadium denied Weston their first win since August.
The 18-year-old, making his debut, pulled off a string of stunning saves in the second half to ensure the Seagulls had to settle for a point.
The Seagulls were the superior threat throughout the 90 minutes, but they were left to rue a long list of missed chances when Chris Flood cancelled out Jacob Cane’s opener.
Livewire attacker Jamie Bird twice went close for Weston in the first half, firing just wide with a powerful strike from 20 yards, followed by a thunderous free kick which rattled the crossbar.
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Against the run of play, skipper Joe Oastler almost put Borough ahead when he popped up in the box from a long free kick, but he poked his volley narrowly over the top.
The home side finally made a deserved breakthrough shortly after the hour mark. Dayle Grubb hustled and bustled to keep Aden Baldwin’s over-hit diagonal in play. The mercurial midfielder squared for Barnsley-loanee Brad Ash, whose strike from the edge of the area beat ‘keeper Lewis Watch thanks to a fortuitous deflection off teammate Jacob Cane.
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It seemed more likely Weston would double their advantage, but a sucker punch was delivered by Chris Flood, who emerged from the bench to volley home in the 77th minute with his first touch.
Scott Bartlett’s Seagulls went in search of a winner but diminutive ‘keeper Watch maintained parity with a number of phenomenal saves, including a double stop which denied Lloyd Humphries and Ash in the dying moments.