Seagulls record away victory
FISHER ATHLETIC 0 WESTON-S-MARE 2 - WESTON recorded their fifth away Blue Square South League victory of the season when they comfortably defeated the bottom club at Dulwich Hamlet.
FISHER ATHLETIC 0WESTON-S-MARE 2WESTON recorded their fifth away Blue Square South League victory of the season when they comfortably defeated the bottom club at Dulwich Hamlet.In a game watched by a paltry 89 supporters, one must feel sorry for Fisher, founder-members of the Nationwide Ccnference who lost their docklands ground to storm damage some years ago and have to ground-share in south-east London. If that was not enough, they face a winding-up order at the High Court this week and may be put out of business. For Weston's sake we hope it will not happen as the club could lose six valuable points, having achieved a league double.Faced with an injury list that includes Mark McKeever, Scott Partridge and Ashan Holgate, and the coming suspension for three games of skipper Charlie Comyn-Platt, manager Andy Gurney has again delved into the transfer market, recruiting Scott Bartlett from Salisbury City and bringing in Alex Kite on loan from Bristol Rovers. Bartlett played on the right of midfield, while Kite was on the bench but did not take part. Teenage keeper Luke Purnell, a Plymouth University student, made his league debut in place of Ryan Northmore, whose wife Joanne presented him with a son on Saturday.The home side forced a corner in the first minute and Carl Gibbs fired narrowly wide, but as Weston began to take control, Adi Harris tested home keeper Stuart Robinson from distance and twice in quick succession Robinson had to fling himself to his right to deal with two close-range efforts from Ben Wells, both forcing corners and Comyn-Platt went close with a free kick.The Weston goal had a scare on 15 minutes when Purnell was beaten in the air, but Comyn-Platt was on hand to clear the danger.Weston opened their account on 19 minutes when from Tom Paranello's free kick, Comyn-Platt headed back across goal to Marc McGregor who touched the ball on for Manny Williams to fire past Robinson from six yards. Later, McGregor fired narrowly across goal and Jack Compton and Williams tested Robinson.On the stroke of half time Weston struck again as Wells burst through a static Fisher defence and laid the ball off for McGregor to beat Robinson from 10 yards.In the second half, Fisher played better, forcing five corners, but they wasted good possession with some woeful finishing. Again, Weston created the better chances, Robinson making a point-blank reflex save on 66 minutes to deny McGregor's effort from Williams' right-wing cross, while Craig Rand went close from a couple of corners.Purnell had to make his only serious save in the last minute when he went full length to his right to hang on to Louis Hollingsworth's low effort from a corner.WESTON STATSGoals: Weston, Williams (19), McGregor (45).Shots on target: Fisher 2, Weston 6.Shots off target: Fisher 6, Weston 6.Corners: Fisher 6, Weston 7.Offsides: Fisher 3, Weston 5.Free kicks conceded: Fisher 11, Weston 15.Referee: Robert Hyde (North London). Good.Bookings: Weston, Comyn-Platt.Weston squad: Purnell, Wiltshire, Paranello, Harris, Rand, Comyn-Platt, Bartlett, Wells, Williams (Brown 72), McGregor, Compton (Dean Grubb 75). Subs (not used): Dale Grubb, Gurney, Kite.ON Saturday, Weston will be expecting their biggest crowd of the season at the Woodspring Stadium when league leaders AFC Wimbledon pay their first visit.