Seagulls end with defeat
BISHOP S STORTFORD 3 WESTON-S-MARE 0 - WESTON ended their Blue Square South programme by falling to their 27th defeat of the season and finishing just one from bottom in the table.
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WESTON ended their Blue Square South programme by falling to their 27th defeat of the season and finishing just one from bottom in the table, yet in 20 of these games, they lost only by a single score.
Due to suspensions and injury they were missing both regular full-backs, Tom Parrinello injured while skipper Mike Green was suspended, along with striker Jermaine Clarke, so the gaps were filled by the youth team players, some of whom played the previous evening and as a consequence looked a little leg-weary.
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Stortford took control from the start, with Seagulls' keeper Kevin Sawyer having to come quickly off his line to foil Charlie Simpson on 11 minutes and three minutes later, Duane Jackman rattled the Weston crossbar from Scott Shulton's free kick. Then Sawyer was soon in action again, beating away Shulton's effort.
As Weston got into the game, Jake Mawford fired narrowly wide on 16 minutes and soon after home keeper had to come to deny Mawford. Dayle Grubb hit a post on 25 minutes and Darren Mullings was just over from the rebound.
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The breakthrough came on 27 minutes when Stortford's Sheldon Sellear burst through unchallenged from almost half way to open the scoring and a minute, Jackman, totally unmarked was put through to score the second.
Just before the break, Ben Cleverley was just wide with a distance free kick.
Minutes into the second half, Sawyer pulled off a superb save, touching Shulton's powerful close-range effort on to his crossbar and safety and later the keeper pulled off another spectacular save, this time at the expense of Stortford's fourth corner, again from Shulton.
Up front for Weston, Jake Harris and Grubb gave a battling performance, doggedly trying to get past a stubborn defence, but were muscled out of possession.
Two minutes from time, Shulton had his revenge, beating Sawyer to finish a flowing move involving five players with an attack out of defence to complete Weston's misery.
Weston squad: Sawyer, Farmer (Parrinello 48), Tom Evans, Gardner, Rand, Hart, Cleverley, Mullings, Harris (Hodrien 84), Grubb, Mawford (Klein-Davies 70). Subs (not used): Fortune, Josh Evans.
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