Seagulls prop up the table

Weston are currently propping up the Blue Square South table after two defeats over the Bank Holiday.



WESTON were left propping up the Blue Square South table after suffering their second defeat of the Bank Holiday, as they again failed to score.

The pre-season form they showed, sometimes outplaying Football League opposition, has deserted them. In the weekend games they hardly strung two passes together without either giving the ball away or being robbed of possession.

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Against Truro, who arrived with only 13 players, Matt Villis was an absentee, so goalkeeper Lloyd Irish’s brother Owen was drafted into the back four along with Pete Monks in place of Martin Slocombe and the defence looked fragile when faced by Stewart Yetton, Adam Kelly, Kiefer Moore and Les Afful.

After forcing an early corner, Weston had their only chance on target on 13 minutes as Chas Hemmings forced a good save from Tim Sandercombe. Unfortunately, this was to prove Weston’s only meaningful effort of the game.

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Truro forced three consecutive corners on 15 minutes, ending with Arran Pugh having a strong header blocked on the line. But the visitors did better on 30 minutes, player-manager Lee Hodges’ long-range free kick finding the head of Moore, who headed past Lloyd Irish from six yards.

When Pugh was booked for fouling Weston skipper Ben Kirk on 38 minutes, Ross Stern was just off target with a 25-yard free kick.

Four minutes into the second half, Lloyd Irish was fortunate in only picking up a yellow card for bringing down Yetton, and from Kelly’s free kick Moore was just over.

Two minutes later, from a passing move that worked, involving Nat Pepperell, Nabi Diallo and Brett Trowbridge, Hemmings had the ball in the Truro net, but was denied by an offside flag.

As Truro began to dominate, Irish made a splendid full-length save to deny Moore who had burst through unchecked, but a minute later the diminutive Afful burst down the left and crossed for Yettin to head in from a couple of yards.


Goals: Truro, Moore (30), Yetton (67).

Shots on target: Weston 1, Truro 4.

Shots off target: Weston 4, Truro 4.

Corners: Weston 7, Truro 6.

Offsides: Weston 6, Truro 2.

Free kicks conceded: Weston 13, Truro 14.

Referee: Simon Knapp (Pucklechurch) Good game.

Bookings: Weston, Lloyd Irish, Price, Laird. Truro, Pugh, Williams.

Attendance: 370.

Weston squad: Lloyd Irish, Price, Monks, Stearn (Ingram 81), Owen Irish, Laird, Trowbridge (Grubb 81), Kirk, Hemmings, Diallo (Young 79), Pepperell. Subs (not used): Slocombe, McGregor.

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