Seagulls hit rock bottom

Bath City 1 Weston-s-Mare 0 - Having dropped to the bottom of the league following Saturday's defeat to Dorchester, a trip to play-off chasing Bath City didn't appear to provide the best chance for Andy Gurney's men to begin their escape from relegation.

Bath City 1

Weston-s-Mare 0

Having dropped to the bottom of the league following Saturday's defeat to Dorchester, a Tuesday night trip to play-off chasing Bath City didn't appear to provide the best chance for Andy Gurney's men to begin their escape from relegation.

So it proved, the only surprise being the home side only managed to score one.


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In fact, Weston's survival hopes plumbed to new depths as striker Josh Klein-Davies was involved in a serious brawl at the entrance to the tunnel following his sending off for a rash challenge on Bath winger, former Seagulls hero Lewis Hogg.

Hogg, who also saw red, might well have won the man-of-the-match award if it wasn't for his reaction to the late challenge, which saw both players square up to each other on the pitch and then in the tunnel.

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After a slow start to the game, Bath kicked on a gear from the quarter hour. Kevin Sawyer produced a diving stop to prevent Sekani Simpson firing home from 20 yards, and dangerman Hogg should have done better with two chances, a far post header from six yards and, after cleverly wriggling free in the box, he tamely hit straight at Sawyer.

The breakthrough came 10 minutes before the interval, when Simpson's cross from the right was nodded home by an unmarked Kaid Mohammed.

The second half saw much of the same. Bath dominated possession and camped in the Weston half, but didn't create much of note. Sawyer saved well after Mohammed had been put through one-on-one and the forward made a jinking run later in the game, beating two defenders in the 18 yard box before Sawyer denied him again.

The sending off briefly livened up the occasion, but Bath still dominated. With the game reduced to 10-a-side for the final 15 minutes, Weston managed their best chance of an equaliser. Jermaine Clarke created some space on the edge of the box, and Dayle Grubb was given a clear shot at goal from 18 yards out. It fizzed over.

Weston boss Andy Gurney brought himself on to try and change the game, but the ball rarely reached the Weston attack. One goalmouth scramble was the best they could offer late on, but although the ball ended up in the net, referee Antony Coggins had already blown for a foul on Bath keeper Robinson.

Mercury star man was Kevin Sawyer, who prevented a more comfortable win for the home side with some solid stops, giving Weston every chance at a point.

Weston-s-Mare 0

Dorchester Town 2

WESTON'S depressing season continued after going down 2-0 to local rivals Dorchester Town in a poor display at Woodspring Park.

The visitors took the lead in the fifth minute when striker Jules Emati-Emati headed in a cross at the back post. Weston had their chances through Jermaine Clarke, Scott Bartlett but failed to convert them.

Dorchester doubled their lead when Clayton Fortune was robbed and the resulting cross was headed past Kevin Sawyer by Steve Devlin.

Weston made changes on the hour with Josh Klein-Davis and Dayle Grubb coming on for Ben Joyce and Tom Parrinello. Dean Grubb had several chances to get on the scoresheet and Klein-Davis had a shot well saved by Simon Evans in the Dorchester goal.

WESTON AFC boss Andy Gurney says his side can still avoid relegation despite a terrible run of results that has seen them plummet to bottom of the table.

The Seagulls boss was speaking after his charges slipped five points below the drop line with a 1-0 defeat at rivals Bath City on Tuesday night.

Goal-shy Seagulls have lost seven in a row, scoring only once in the last 450 minutes of play.

Gurney said: "The recent run of results explains itself and it's very, very disappointing.

"In those games there have been times where we've been very poor, but we have to come through that and get a point or a win to pull ourselves out.

"You have to be confident that we can still get out of it, but the games are running out."

Gurney's men are on just 16 points from 25 games and will need a remarkable turnaround in fortunes to reach safety. But the manager insists he still has the full support of chairman Paul Bliss.

He said: "We have spoken about things once or twice, but he's OK at the moment and he can see we are trying.

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