Seagulls lose out to league leaders
Weston gave runaway Blue Square South leaders a run for their money, but eventually lost 3-0 at home.
BLUE Square South runaway league leaders were somewhat flattered by the margin of victory over Weston.
By the interval they had scored all three goals, thanks to their three shots on target, but the majority of play in the second half belonged to Weston who were denied by good defending and missed chances.
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Weston can take a lot from this game as they kept battling to the end, playing some excellent possessive football, but they just lack someone to put the chances away.
The visitors went in front on five minutes when Guiseppe Sole scored with a 20-yard snap shot as Weston failed to clear an earlier attack in a melee.
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Two minutes later, Nat Pepperell tested visiting keeper Aaron Howe with a strong header from Marcus Duharty’s cross and then Duharty fired narrowly across goal, but found no-one to finish.
Woking’s Paris Cowan-Hall had the ball in the Weston net on 20 minutes from a corner, but picked up a yellow card for punching the ball in. In other Woking attacks, Alan Inns missed a cross from Moses Ademola and Kevin Betsy had an effort blocked by home keeper Lloyd Irish, who also denied Cowan-Hall.
The visitors struck again three minutes before the break, from Cowan-Hall’s low cross, Sole scored from close range and on the stroke of half-time, Betsy got the third from another Cowan-Hall cross.
Minutes into the second half, Irish made another brave save to deny substitute Jack King from Ademola’s cross, but after that Weston had their best spell of the game.
Nat Pepperell’s cross to finish a speedy run on the right was turned behind for a corner on 54 minutes and then Dayle Grubb forced a good save from Howe. Sahr Kabba, who had just replaced Duharty had no support for his speedy cross into the six-yard box and then Howe came off his line quickly to deny Grubb.
Twice in the space of minutes Kane Ingram just failed to connect with Pepperell’s low crosses, but later Ingram was denied by a good save by Howe.
In a final Woking attack, Martin Slocombe cleared off his line with Irish beaten, and at the other end Grubb fired wide from a good position.
Goals: Woking, Sole (5, 42), Betsy (45).
Shots on target: Weston 4, Woking 8.
Shots off target: Weston 3, Woking 4.
Corners: Weston 6, Woking 2.
Offsides: Weston 1, Woking 8.
Free kicks conceded: Weston 11, Woking 11.
Bookings: Weston, Slocombe. Woking Cowan-Hall, Doyle, King.
Referee: Steven Plane (Pershore) Good game, allowed play to flow.
Weston squad: Irish, Price, Slocombe, Trowbridge, Villis, Laird, Grubb, Kirk, Duharty (Kabba 61), Ingram, Pepperell. Subs (not used): Diallo, Cleverley, Young, McGregor.