Seagulls succumb at Havant

Poor display ends in disappointing two-goal defeat.

WESTON served up a disappointing display as Havant registered their first home win of the season.

From the side successful at Dorchester the previous Tuesday, Jordan Walker and Tristan Plummer were out with slight knocks and new signing Leon Jeanne was given a debut in place of Kane Ingram.

International clearance was received in time for Alec Fiddes and he replaced Jeanne after 55 minutes. Callum Laird and Chas Hemmings were in for Walker and Plummer.

In a scoreless first half, Weston had as much of the midfield play as Havant, but they lacked penetration up front and never really threatened the home goal.

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Early on, Jeanne was just off target with a header from Dayle Grubb’s free kick and later, Jeanne produced a speedy run on the left, cut in on the by-line and fired a low cross across the six-yard box, but unfortunately nobody was on hand to finish.

Former Weston favourite Sahr Kabba then began to show his skills, twice going close in the first half. However, he did better a minute into the second period, when he latched on to Daniel Blanchett’s through pass and soloed through the Weston defence before beating keeper Luke Purnell with a low 15-yard effort that took a deflection.

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As Weston tried to get on terms a minute later, Grubb fired narrowly across goal.

However, Havant soon got a grip on the game, with Christian Nanetti and substitute Nic Ciardini making some telling runs down the flanks

The second goal came on 75 minutes when Ciardini’s fierce shot was beaten out by Purnell. However, Ciardini was first to the rebound but was tripped by Weston skipper Jamie Laird in a crowded penalty area and Nanetti beat Purnell from the spot.

* Weston travel to Chelmsford on Saturday. The coach leaves at 9am.

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