Seagulls boss sees red in first defeat in 10
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Referee Andrew Laver is unlikely to find himself on Weston manager Ryan Northmore’s Christmas card list following what he called ‘catalogue of errors’ during the Seagulls’ 2-0 home reverse to Hayes & Yeading on Tuesday night.
Entering the game on a run of nine matches without a loss, including a last-gasp draw at Eastbourne on Saturday, Weston were second best throughout but contentious goals either side of half-time from Max Worsfold, which provoked the rage of the Seagulls boss, saw the visitors stroll to victory.
Northmore did admit Weston were ‘below par’ as they failed to test visiting keeper Charlie Burns during the 90 minutes, but came closest when Tristan Plummer’s free header drifted over on a night to forget at the Woodspring Stadium.
The game begun at a frenetic pace and Hayes’ Lewis Ferrell fashioned an early chance for the visitors, warming the hands of Luke Purnell from distance.
Seconds later Weston almost took an early lead, after Grubb’s cross was spilt by Burns, but Joe McClennan’s effort was blocked from the rebound.
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The Seagulls had looked comfortable in the opening stages, but were almost rocked when Adam Everitt dived in to meet a cross from the left before his poor connection let Weston off the hook.
They made no mistake seconds later though, as Max Worsfold showed good composure to slot home despite vociferous calls for an offside from the home bench, which saw Northmore spoken to by referee Laver.
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Weston’s luck was out - Dayle Grubb made for the visiting backline straight from the kick-off and struck wide from outside the box, but injured himself in the process and was later forced off.
Ioannis Varouxakis, making his home debut, went closer minutes later, his shot fizzing past the post from the edge of the box.
Minutes after the break, there were shouts for a penalty when it appeared Purnell had bundled over Elliot Benyon, but the referee was unmoved.
Hayes did, however, double their advantage soon after - and in calamitous fashion, when Jacob Cane’s attempted clearance hit a fellow defender and fell at the feet of Worsfold, who had all the time in the world to slot home.
Again there were calls from the bench for a foul in the build-up; again, they went unheeded.
Back on the pitch, Weston had given Burns little to concern himself with, but came close when Plummer headed over when well placed from McClennan’s corner, before the winger let loose himself but saw his effort deflected wide.
The loudest calls of the night were reserved for Laver, when the ball appeared to strike a Hayes arm in the visitors’ box, but remarkably the well-placed referee had not spotted the offence.
Soon after a pinpoint delivery from the left from Worsfold looked sure to be met by a Hayes head, but Jamie Edge’s touch was enough to clear the ball to safety.
They were given another chance, Purnell flapped at the resulting corner, but he immediately atoned for his mistake with an excellent diving save as Everitt attempted to slot home from close range.
Despite Weston’s team’s lack of goal threat, Varouxakis was enjoying a lively home debut, but it soon turned into a game to forget for the Greek striker.
Having been booked for an innocuous challenge before the break, he was given his marching orders by Laver for a second bookable offence with 20 minutes to go - and was shortly followed by manager Northmore, who vented his ire at the official one too many times.
On Saturday, Weston can put right their defeat in front of a home crowd as they host Wealdstone, who sit two points above the Seagulls, with kick-off at 3pm.
Vanarama National League South bottom eight
W D L Pts
Wealdstone 7 11 9 32
Chelmsford City 8 6 13 30
Bath Cith 8 6 12 30
Weston S-Mare 8 6 12 30
Hayes & Yeading 7 9 11 30
Havant & W’looville 8 4 15 28
St Abans City 5 8 16 23
Basingstoke Town 5 7 17 22