Seagulls secure second win
WESTON-S-MARE 3 WORCESTER CITY 1 - WESTON claimed their second Blue Square South win of the season and moved up to 16th spot in the table.
WORCESTER CITY 1
WESTON claimed their second Blue Square South win of the season and moved up to 16th spot in the table, but they had to thank goalkeeper Kevin Sawyer for keeping them in the game with crucial saves.
From the side that lost to Braintree, central defender Clayton Fortune was missing with a knee injury, Tom Evans taking over, and Marc McGregor started up front with Darren Mullings, leaving Josh Llewellyn on the bench.
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With early play spoilt by a strong swirling wind, Worcester had the better of the early exchanges, attacking down the right with Marco Adaggio and Gary Walker prominent, and their first effort on target came on nine minutes from Alfie Carterk's free kick.
In Weston's first attack on 14 minutes, McGregor laid off Evans' long free kick to Ashan Holgate whose low effort was only feet wide. Later, Mullings and Scott Bartlett went close and Tom Parranello had an effort claimed by keeper Ben Hinchliffe.
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Following Worcester' second corner on 32 minutes, in a crowded six-yard box, Sawyer got down full length to deny Craig Wilding.
Much against the run of play, Weston took the lead on 38 minutes when from Jack Compton's second corner, Mullings bundled the ball to the net in an almighty scramble. Before the interval both keepers were in action having to punch the ball to safety from dangerous situations.
As the wind died away in the second half, Worcester equalised on 65 minutes when, from Walker's throw-in, Wilding looped a header over Sawyer, but a minute later Weston were back in front as McGregor headed in Mike Green's cross on the far post.
Sawyer was in action again on 70 minutes, making a point-black save to deny Matt Dinsmore who had burst through the defence. However, Llewellyn replaced Holgate and on 84 minutes set up Mullings to score his second from close range.
Speaking afterwards, Weston chairman Paul Bliss said: "Both these sides deserve to be higher in the table with the quality of football they offer. Having said that, we deserved the win, thanks to Kevin Sawyer who made some superb saves."
BEFORE the game the club announced that Clayton Fortune, who has been a transfer inquiry from Bath City, has signed a contract that will keep him at the Woodspring Stadium for at least a year.