Seagulls beaten in scrappy encounter
EASTLEIGH 1 WESTON-S-MARE 0 - IN a scrappy match full of controversy, fourth-placed Eastleigh took the points with practically their only chance.
EASTLEIGH 1WESTON-S-MARE 0IN a scrappy match full of controversy, fourth-placed Eastleigh took the points with practically their only chance.Exeter referee Andy Rodda was the centre of attention, booking eight players and awarding 35 free kicks and there were also 16 offside decisions, leading to a start-stop game and frustration for both sets of supporters.Weston were without suspended skipper Charlie Comyn-Platt so loan signing from Bristol Rovers Alex Kite was in central defence and Michael Green was in place of Ben Willshire, while Marvin Brown was in midfield for Jack Compton.Eastleigh, looking for their 19th league win of the season, made a bright start, Brett Williams firing wide and then straight at Ryan Northmore in the opening seven minutes and then Luke Byles gave an easy save to Northmore from a free kick.As Weston came into the game, Ben Wells forced home keeper Jason Matthews to dive to his right to collect a strong snap shot and Manny Williams' fine shot on the turn was just over Matthews' crossbar. The Seagulls' best chance came on 37 minutes when Wells' distance shot came back off an upright with Matthews beaten, but unfortunately Manny Williams headed the rebound just wide.As Eastleigh came back, Ashley Carew had a goal-bound effort turned over by Northmore, Aaron Martin fired narrowly across goal and Jamie Brown was just wide from Byles' free kickJust before the interval, Green took a nasty knock to his instep, which saw Brett Williams booked and Green failed to appear for the second half and was due to have a precautionary X-ray over the weekend. Weston had to reorganise their defence with Scott Bartlett dropping back into the back four and Dean Grubb coming on into the midfield.After Jamie Brown hit the Weston crossbar, Weston came close again on 50 minutes when Manny Williams got the better of two defenders, rounded Matthews, but as he was about to shoot, an Eastleigh leg managed to divert the ball for Weston's only corner.The deciding goal came on 68 minutes when Peter Adeniyi made a strong run down the left and crossed for substitute Tony Taggart to head past Northmore from eight yards.Weston brought on Compton for Brown and manager Andy Gurney replaced Wells, but the home defence held out.WESTON STATSGoal: Eastleigh, Taggart (68).Shots on target: Eastleigh 7, Weston 4.Shots off target: Eastleigh 6, Weston 4.Corners: Eastleigh 6, Weston 1.Offsides: Eastleigh 7, Weston 9.Free kicks conceded: Eastleigh 16, Weston 19.Referee: Andy Rodda (Exeter). The stats speak for themselves.Bookings: Eastleigh, B Williams, J Brown, Brayley. Weston, Parrinello, Rand, Bartlett, McGregor, Wells.Attendance: 502.Weston squad: Northmore, Green (Grubb 46), Parrinello, Harris, Rand, Kite, Bartlett, Wells (Gurney 85), M Williams, McGregor, Brown (Compton 70).Subs (not used): Clark, Purnell (goal).WESTON have another busy week with Bromley providing the opposition on Saturday and they will be out to avenge a 3-0 defeat and on Monday, they will be at home again, when Havant and Waterlooville will be the opposition.When the sides met back in August, Weston won 3-2, thanks to goals by Darren Mullings, Andy Gurney and Ryan Havard.