Seagulls back on the winning trail
Weston travelled to Farnborough and came away with their second Blue Square South double of the season.
WESTON put their recent slump in form behind them as they completed their second Blue Square South double of the season with this narrow victory in Hampshire. The win, their sixth successful away effort, lifts them two places up the table.
The game itself was a dreary affair, dominated by defences, with little goalmouth activity, and the only goal coming from Weston’s one of only two efforts on target.
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Farnborough, eager to avenge the 5-2 drubbing inflicted when the sides last met in January, created early chances with Nic Ciardini firing narrowly wide on four minutes and then Miles Smith tested Lloyd Irish with a weak effort from distance.
Farnborough’s best chance came on 14 minutes when Jamie Laird cleared off his goal-line with Irish beaten by Michael Charles’ effort.
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As Weston began to get into the game, Dayle Grubb fired over the home crossbar and Kane Ingram was just wide after being put through by Grubb. Before the break at the other end, Adam Bygrave game Irish another easy save.
Early in the second half, Farnborough’s Marcus Moody fired over Irish’s crossbar and minutes later Matt Villis almost put Weston in front when, from Grubb’s corner, he lobbed the crossbar from close range.
The crucial score came on 70 minutes when a good flowing move down the right involving Jamie Price, skipper Ben Kirk and Pepperell, whose cross was laid off by Sahr Kabba for Brett Trowbridge, on the far post, to beat home keeper Craig Bradshaw from close range.
Deep into stoppage time there was a nasty brawl involving most of the 22 players, when the home side refused to hand over the ball for a throw-end, which resulted in three yellow cards being waved by the referee.
Goal: Weston, Trowbridge (70).
Shots on target: Farnborough 3, Weston 2.
Shots off target: Farnborough 4, Weston 5.
Corners: Farnborough 5, Weston 4.
Offsides: Farnborough 2, Weston 4.
Free kicks conceded: Farnborough 13, Weston 13.
Referee: Simon Knapp. Mostly good game, began to lose control near the end.
Bookings: Farnborough, Page, Moody, Smith, Charles, Webb. Weston, Grubb, Pepperell, Kirk.
Weston squad: Irish, Price, Slocombe, Trowbridge, Villis, Laird, Grubb, Kirk, Kabba (Duharty 80), Ingram, Pepperell. Subs (not used): Cleverley, Diallo, Young, McGregor.
ON Saturday, Weston have a home game when Hampton and Richmond Borough provide the opposition.
When the sides met in London in September, Hampton ran out 3-1 winners, Weston’s goal coming from Dayle Grubb.