Seagulls destined for relegation
WESTON-S-MARE 1 HAVANT & WATERLOOVILLE 2 - THIS Weston squad seem determined to get the club relegated for the first time in their 63-year history by handing the opposition goals through basic defensive errors for the second successive game.
HAVANT & WATERLOOVILLE 2
THIS Weston squad seem determined to get the club relegated for the first time in their 63-year history by handing the opposition goals through basic defensive errors for the second successive game.
Last week, they gave Dorchester three of their four goals after making some insane decisions and against Havant, they handed them their two goals on a plate.
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Yet individually they are a talented group of players, but seem prone to making disastrous basic defensive errors that have cost them dearly in recent games.
Clayton Fortune was recalled to the defence and Josh Klein-Davis partnered Darren Mullings up front and they failed to win the ball in the air. When they played the ball on the ground, they played some pretty football, but unfortunately, the squad were guilty of wasting the final pass.
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They made a bright start, forcing a corner in the second minute, but on seven minutes, Havant's Wes Fogden had the ball in the net from Paul Hinchelwood's pass, but it was ruled offside.
On 13 minutes, Havant keeper Aaron Howe had to come off his line to deprive Ben Cleverley from shooting and minutes later, Dayle Grubb and Darren Mullings forced good saves from Howe.
Disaster struck on 24 minutes when Callum Hart's poor headed clearance fell to Bob Hopkinson whose lob was controlled by skipper Ian Simpenba and he put Fogden in the clear to easily score. Minutes later, Weston keeper Kevin Sawyer pulled off a superb one-handed flying save to deny Jay Gasson's goal-bound effort.
As Weston tried to get back, Craig Rand was just over from a throw, Mullings had a dangerous cross cut out and Howe was forced to beat out Klein-Davis' effort.
Weston made a positive start to the second half, with Klein-Davis forcing another good save from Howe and Mullings going close with a header, while at the other end, Sawyer did well to deny substitute Steven Walker.
Then it went crazy on 71 minutes. Weston were awarded a free kick eight yards out from their goal. Sawyer played the ball short to Fortune, expecting him to clear up field, but instead he passed the ball to Havant's Turkish striker Mustafa Tiryaki two yards away who easily rounded stranded Sawyer and tap into the empty net.
To their credit, Weston kept battling away and were rewarded on 79 minutes when Klein-Davis bundled substitute Jermaine Clarke's cross in on the far post. Unfortunately, Klein-Davis collided with the upright and after a lengthy delay was stretchered off with a damaged shoulder and he could possibly miss the rest of the season.
WESTON now lose Richard Evans, whose lone period from Bath City has ended. All at the club thank him for his services and wish him well for the future.
ON Saturday, Weston travel to bottom club Weymouth who are now just a point below them, having drawn with Thurrock and hopefully they can bring back something.
League champions Newport County who have lost just two game all season provide the opposition on Tuesday, April 6 (7.45pm) when a bumper crowd is expected.