Northmore: ‘My relationship with the players is great’ after seven losses in a row


Shawn - Credit: Archant

Weston lost twice in a week again to extend their winless run to eight games and recorded a seventh loss in a row on Tuesday night.

However, manager Ryan Northmore has insisted he has a strong relationship with the players and the Seagulls’ luck will soon change.

Weston hosted bottom side Concord Rangers on Saturday but two lapses of concentration in the opening eight minutes were ultimately the Seagulls downfall.

Jqao Carlos opened the scoring after just four minutes and Steve Cawley added the second minutes later.

Top-scorer Shawn McCoulsky scored just after half-time to give the Seagulls hope but a costly penalty miss, later on in the match, meant Concord sealed their first win of the season.

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But Weston came out all guns blazing on Tuesday night and forced three corners in the opening three minutes.

Bradley Ash – who started after his substitute appearance on Saturday – showed some sublime skill to get past two defenders but the Hungerford defence managed to clear off the line.

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Eliot Richards looked to be playing a more attacking role, with him looking lively alongside Shawn McCoulsky in the front line.

The Seagulls were looking dominant in possession but without really testing George Legg in the visiting goal.

After 20 minutes, McCoulsky showed once again why he is so highly-rated when his neat footwork gave him time to pick his spot. He shot from just outside the area and Legg had to be alert to hold onto the ball.

On the half hour, Weston had the best chance of the game. George Dowling’s shot from 20 yards was parried by Legg. McCoulsky tried to latch onto the rebound but frustratingly lost his footing at the crucial moment.

It was a dominant first half performance and the team will have wondered how they were not ahead – but it has been a familiar scene over the past few weeks as the Seagulls have struggled to take their chances when on top.

After the break, Hungerford looked a different side and strung some neat passes together to force an early corner and they thought they had made the perfect start. Nat Jarvis headed in but it was disallowed for a push – much to Weston’s relief.

The Seagulls continued to create chances and before the hour had a free kick in a dangerous position just outside the box.

Dayle Grubb’s free kick was met by Kane Ingram, whose shot sailed over the bar.

The second half was a much more even contest but Weston still enjoyed the better chances but after the past few performances, a good defensive performance.

But it was the same old story as the match entered the last 10 minutes and seven minutes before the end, Nat Jarvis was on hand to bundle home after a good break by the visitors.

Head coach Ryan Northmore told the Mercury: “I am very proud of the players this evening.

“They played with passion throughout. They did everything but score.

“We dominated most of the game and you can’t fault the players effort and application.

“If they keep that up – which I am sure they will – surely our luck will change things.

“It is a frustrating time but the results will come. I thought Brad was great and he was on the front foot for most of the game.

“He will get sharper on the ball with more games. I think the fans can be proud of the performance but, of course, they are sure to be frustrated with the results.

“My relationship with the players is great. You can see with the effort they put in.”

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