Seagulls’ unbeaten run ends at home

Weston vs Margate

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Weston’s four-match unbeaten run was ended at the Woodspring Stadium by visitors Whitehawk.

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WESTON’S inconsistency came to the fore as their four-game unbeaten run was ended by their Sussex visitors and they drop one place in the Vanarama Conference South table.

Back in October, they won convincingly 2-0 at Brighton, but this time they conceded two goals to poor defending.


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Weston began the game missing Tristan Plummer, so Jake Mawford started, the only change from the side successful at Truro.

However, they made a positive start, Dayle Grubb firing just wide from a 25-yard free kick. Then Mawford had a fierce rising shot beaten out by Whitehawk keeper Craig Ross for their second corner.

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Later, Mawford had another effort taken under his crossbar by Ross and then Joe McClennan’s low effort came back off the foot of an upright.

For Whitehawk, skipper Sergio Torres was just over with a free kick, but they took the lead on 26 minutes when Danny Mills got a toe to a corner kick and looped the ball over the head of home keeper Luke Purnell.

Whitehawk enjoyed more of the play in the second half and extended their lead on 63 minutes when the home defence seemed to stop and watch Nick Arnold cross for the unmarked Mills to easily beat Purnell from a couple of yards.

Minutes later, as Weston tried to get something from the game, Grubb watched his effort come back off the visitors’ crossbar and they forced a couple of corners.

A minute from the end of normal time, Weston scored a consolation goal when Mawford fed substitute Ioannis Varouxakis to slide the ball beyond Ross’ reach.

WESTON STATS

Goals: Weston, Varouxakis (89). Whitehawk, Mills (26, 63).

Stots on target: Weston 7, Whitehawk 3.

Shots off target: Weston 4, Whitehawk 4.

Corners: Weston 7, Whitehawk 2.

Offsides: Weston 5, Whitehawk 1.

Free kicks conceded: Weston 11, Whitehawk 20.

Referee: Ian Rathbone. A little too much whistle.

Bookings: Weston, Wilson. Whitehawk Rose.

Attendance: 565.

Weston squad: Purnell, Simpson, Llewellyn, Cane, Keary, Fortune, McClennan (Pope 70), Mawford, Wilson (Varouxakis 71), Grubb, Edge (Ingram 72). Sub (not used): Withey, Wring.

ON Saturday, Weston play their final home game of the season when they entertain Maidenhead United. This will be followed by the annual presentation evening with tickets available at the bar, priced £30 for adults and £15 for juniors.

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