Seagulls’ slump continues at Bromley

Weston’s recent decline in form continued in their latest match against Bromley.

BROMLEY 1

WESTON-S-MARE 0

WESTON’S recent decline in form continued in Kent as the home side recorded only their fourth home win and first Blue Square South double of the season.

Admittedly, the game was spoilt by a bumpy pitch and strong blustery wind which meant both sides found difficulty of playing on the ground with far too much aerial activity.


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Bromley, desperately needing a result to avoid the relegation zone, made a bright start with Hakeem Araba testing Lloyd Irish in the opening minutes from Albert Jarrett’s cross and then Irish cutting out another cross from Anthony Thomas as Pierre Joseph-Dubois closed in.

Kane Ingram was narrowly over with a free kick for Weston on 11 minutes, but at the other end Moses Swaibu went close for Bromley while Ali Fuseini forced a full-length save from Irish at the expense of a corner, but the low effort looked to be heading wide.

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Minutes into the second half, home keeper Joe Welch did well to turn a Jamie Price effort over his crossbar, while at the other end Thomas burst through but wasted the chance by firing wide.

Then, Irish came well outside his area to attempt a clearance, but was beaten for possession by Thomas who again fired wide with the goal at his mercy. The crucial goal came on 62 minutes when Fuseini controlled a cross by Jarrett and fired past Irish from 15 yards.

Weston made a triple substitution, bringing on Chris Young, Marcus Duharty aand Brett Trowbridge for Dale Grubb, Ingram and Natt Pepperell and began to dominate.

Weston had strong appeals for a penalty ignored when Sahr Kabba was tripped by referee Brian Knight awarded a free kick right on the 18-yard line, but unfortunately Ben Cleverley’s effort was saved. Weston also won two more free kicks in dangerous positions, but Cleverley was off target each time.

Weston skipper Ben Kirk had a goal-bound header cleared off his line by Liam Harwood and Trowbridge forced a fine save from Welch, but the visitors undeservedly finished empty handed.

WESTON STATS

Goal: Bromley, Fuseini (62).

Shots on target: Bromley 2, Weston 4.

Shots off target: Bromley 4, Weston 4.

Corners: Bromley 4, Weston 4.

Offsides: Bromley 5, Weston 1.

Free kicks conceded: Bromley 12, Weston 8.

Referee: Barry Knight. Generally good game, perhaps a little too fussy with use of his whistle.

Bookings: Bromley: Welch, Henriques.

Attendance: 676.

Weston squad: Irish, Price, Diallo, Cleverley, Laird, Villis, Grubb (Trowbridge 58), Kirk, Kabba, Ingram (Young 63), Pepperell (Duharty 76). Subs (not used): McGregor, Camm.

WESTON have a busy Easter weekend, travelling to Salisbury City on Saturday looking for a Blue Square South double and on Bank Holiday Monday (3pm), they host Eastleigh.

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