Seagulls complete third double of the season

Weston v Hemel Hempstead.

Weston v Hemel Hempstead. - Credit: Archant

Weston completed their third Vanarama Conference South double when they came from behind to beat Sutton United.



WESTON completed their third Vanarama Conference South double when they came from behind at Gander Green Lane, Surrey.

They have now won six games on their travels, while recording only four successes at home.

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From the side that won at Wealdstone, Tristan Plummer returned to Aldershot Town as new player-manager Chris Barker changed the decision to release him. But Ryan Northmore was quick to secure the services on loan of Jamie Lucas from Bristol Rovers for his second spell with the club.

Played on a heavy pitch, Weston were first to show with the lively Joe McClennan having a low cross cut out by home keeper Aaron Howe.

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The Weston goal had a let off as Luke Purnell made a double save to deny Damian Scannell and Clayton Fortune headed off his line from a rebound.

The home side broke the deadlock on 11 minutes when Dan Fitchett made a strong run down the right, cut inside and fired low past Purnell.

However, the lead lasted just three minutes when Weston were awarded a free kick on 20 yards and Dayle Grubb rifled his shot past Howe who was left standing.

Sutton forced a couple of corners, but Weston took the lead on 25 minutes when Grubb fed Bradley Ash who crossed for McClennan to beat How from close range. Before the interval, Olly Watkins forced a good save from Howe.

For the second half, Sutton made a couple of changes and dominated play, bombarding the Weston goal, but a combination of resolute defending by Pierce Mitchell, Jake Llewellyn, Tom Jordan and Clayton Fortune, some excellent saves by Purnell and poor finishing by the home side, Weston held out.

Second half substitutes Jake Mawford and Lucas tried hard up front, but their only success was forcing four corners.


Goals: Sutton, Fitchett (11). Weston, Grubb (14), McClennan (25).

Shots on target: Weston 4, Sutton 7.

Shots off target: Weston 3, Sutton 9.

Corners: Sutton 6, Weston 6.

Offsides: Sutton 1, Weston 1.

Free kicks conceded: Sutton 15, Weston 9.

Referee: Adrian Quelch (Christchurch). Good game.

Bookings: Sutton, Cooper, Scannell, Gomis. Weston, Cane.

Attendance: 503.

Weston squad: Purnell, Mitchell, Llewellyn, Brown, Jordan, Fortune, McClennan, Cane, Ash (Lucas 55), Grubb (Edge 85), Watkins (Mawford 70). Subs (not used): Barnes.

ON Saturday, Weston entertain league leaders Boreham Wood and will be hoping to reverse the 4-0 defeat suffered at Hertfordshire in November.

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