Seagulls share spoils with Eastleigh
WESTON recorded their second Blue Square South scoreless draw of the Easter weekend on Monday, against a strong Eastleigh outfit.
From the side which started at Salisbury, Ben Cleverley, Dayle Grubb and Nat Pepperell replaced Kane Ingram, Brett Trowbridge and Chris Young.
Despite being played in abysmal conditions with torrential rain for the whole game, it was a much more entertaining encounter than the one against Salisbury two days before, with plenty of goalmouth action and good end-to-end play.
Eastleigh, one place and two points above Weston in the table, started well with Bradley Bubb, on loan from Aldershot Town, bursting through on six minutes. His shot was blocked by keeper Lloyd Irish, coming off his line, at the expense of the game’s first corner.
Minutes later at the other end Martin Slocombe tested visiting keeper Jack Dovey, who featured in Southampton’s squad several times earlier in the season and, by the interval Weston had forced four corners.
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Irish was in action again on 57 minutes, beating out Ian Herring’s strong effort and minutes later Bubb, a Grenada international, was put in behind the Weston defence but he fired badly wide with only Irish to beat.
Late on Weston picked up the pace with Dayle Grubb, who gave a man of the match display in the Weston midfield, forcing a splendid save from Dovey.
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Then substitute Sahr Kabba, in one of his speedy runs, drew Dovey off his line and fired across the six-yard box where Nabi Diallo was denied a simple tap-in by Eastleigh skipper Tom Jordan, who managed to turn the ball over his crossbar.