Seagulls will take bottom club seriously

WESTON boss Craig Laird says his players won’t be taking anything for granted when they face bottom club St Albans on Saturday.

Following Tuesday’s thrilling last-minute Somerset Professional Cup win against Taunton, Craig wants his players to carry on their recent form to finish comfortably in mid-table.

The Seagulls boss says that while some results haven’t gone their way, if his players keep up their recent form it could soon see them confirmed as a Conference South team again for the 2011/12 season, and he has already been planning ahead for next season.

Sahr Kabba’s finish in the second minute of injury time against local rivals Taunton saw them through to the semi-finals of the competition, and Craig is keen to use the team’s success as a springboard in the league.

He said: “I was very pleased with the performance and attitude of the players in the match, especially when you’re expected to win.

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“Taunton raised their game and made it quite hard for us, but I was pleased with the way we played, and that Dayle Grubb, Nat Pepperell and Matt Villis got through 90 minutes.

“It was nice to play a derby like that, the atmosphere was really good and I want to say thanks to all the supporters who came along.”

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Weston are now in the draw for the last four, and could play League Two side Yeovil, Clevedon Town, or the winners of the Frome and Radstock Town tie.

Against Welling on Saturday, Weston were unlucky to come away with at least a point. On another day, the Seagulls mights have got something when Ben Kirk was brought down just outside the home penalty area and Nabi Diallo just failed to make contact with the goal at his mercy.

The Welling goal came in the 69th minute when Lee Clarke headed past Lloyd Irish.

Looking ahead to Saturday’s match at home to St Albans, Craig says he will endeavour to make sure his players take the opposition very seriously.

Despite them shipping five goals at home to Dover last weekend, he thinks they will provide a stubborn challenge.

He continued: “I’ll make sure my players don’t underestimate St Albans, they’re fighting for their lives and it’ll be a tough match for us.”

With only striker Marcus Duharty struggling with a groin injury and midfielder Simon Gilbert out with a long-standing hamstring injury, Craig has almost a whole squad to pick from, and has hailed the strength in depth at his disposal.

He said: “One of the first things I learnt when I became a manager was to make sure you had good strength in depth, and not to spend all you have on 11 or 12 first-team players.

“We have a fantastic depth here, we’ve got enough good players to cover injuries, and there’s some great talent sat on the bench.”

Despite Craig being happy with the strength of the squad, he admits that he has already been looking ahead to next season with regards to additions.

He continued: “I’ve already done some preparation, we’ve looked at some players we might go for in the close season, at the moment we’re looking at a striker, a wide-man and a midfielder.”

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