Seagulls move up to fourth spot
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Following their latest victory, Weston have now climbed to fourth in the Blue Square South table.
WESTON’S Blue Square South season gets better and better. Following their latest victory, where they completed a league double, they have now climbed to fourth in the table, thanks to nearest rivals Chelmsford and Boreham Wood both unexpectedly losing to lower opposition.
The Seagulls went into the game missing Naby Diallo and Kane Ingram, both suspended, but had Chas Hemmings, on the bench, back after missing three games.
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The home side were given the best possible start when they opened their account in the game’s second minute. In attempting a clearance, Bromley skipped Danny Waldren skied the ball over his head and into the arms of teenage keeper George Howard.
The referee’s assistant immediately signalled a free kick inside the penalty area for handling a back-pass. Ross Stearn took the kick, but instead of blasting a shot, he played the ball sideways to Ashley Kington who scored from close range.
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Keeping up the momentum, Weston forced a couple of corners and Stearn forced a good save from Howard, who went on to give a man-of-the-match performance.
Bromley then had their best spell of the game with Ishmael Welsh firing narrowly across goal and forcing a corner before Louie Teophanous had an effort scrambled off the home goal-line.
Back came Weston with Stearn, who had beaten a couple of defenders in a run, firing well over with only Howard to beat. Then the Bromley keeper brought off a great reflex save to deny Jamie Price’s point-blank effort.
Weston pressure paid off on 38 minutes when the overworked Bromley defence failed to properly clear the home side’s sixth corner. The ball fell for skipper Ben Kirk who fed to Stearn to score on the far post.
For the second half, Bromley made two changes, but in the opening minutes Howard made another excellent save to deny Kington before Weston struck again on 56 minutes when Dayle Grubb cut in along the left-hand by-line and lobbed Howard.
Bromley made a third substitution, but had to thank Howard for a string of superb saves to deny, Kayne McClaggon, Stearn, Price, Grubb a couple of times and substitute Hemmings, who had replaced a tiring McClaggon.
Bromley had to play out the last five minutes with 10 men after Moses Swaibu was helped off with a leg injury and they had used all three substitutes.
Goals: Weston, Kington (2), Stearn (38), Grubb (56).
Shots on target: Weston 8, Bromley 2.
Shots off target: Weston 5, Bromley 5.
Corners: Weston 14, Bromley 3.
Offsides: Weston 4, Bromley 4.
Free kicks conceded: Weston 8, Bromley 5.
Referee: Adam Hopkins (Plymouth). Good game.
Bookings: Weston, McClaggon.
Weston squad: Carey, Price, Slocombe (Callum Laird 83), Trowbridge, Villis, Jamie Laird, Stearn (Alvarez 67), Kirk, McClaggon (Hemmings 64), Grubb, Kington. Subs (not used): Monks, Irish.
ON Saturday, Weston travel to league leaders Welling, who are unbeaten at home, having won 15 and drawn four. However, the Seagulls will be looking to complete another league double, having won 2-0 at home in February, with goals from Kane Ingram and Naby Diallo.
The team coach leaves at 9am.