Seasider pick up their first away point
BROMLEY 1 WESTON-S-MARE 1 - WESTON picked up their first away Blue Square South point of the season in Kent, but wasted chances cost them a deserved win.
WESTON picked up their first away Blue Square South point of the season in Kent, but wasted chances cost them a deserved win. However, their first-ever point in three visits to Bromley lifts them one place in the table to 15th.
Ninth-placed Bromley started well with Gareth A Williams and Harrison Dunk firing narrowly across goal in the opening minutes and Warren McBean firing over from a good position.
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With their first attack of the game on 20 minutes, Weston took the lead as keeper Kevin Sawyer's long clearance was flicked on by Marc McGregor for Ashan Holgate to burst between two defenders and beat keeper Gareth I Williams from 15 yards.
Five minutes later, Bromley midfielder Donal O'Sullivan injured a leg in a clash with Weston skipper Adi Harris and had to be stretchered off, Robbie Kember taking over and as the home side tried to get back into the game Liam Norval had a good effort on target, and Ashley Carew fired a free kick across the face of the Weston goal.
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Weston began to dominate early in the second half, with Holgate testing Williams with a strong shot on the turn on 51 minutes and then Darren Mullings went close with an effort across the goal.
Out of the blue Bromley equalised on 52 minutes when McBean blocked an attempted clearance by Sawyer and the ball flew back over the keeper's head and into the net off the underside of the crossbar.
Minutes later, Weston brought on Marvin Brown for Holgate and Josh Llewellyn for McGregor and shortly afterwards, Jack Compton tested Williams with a good effort and Mullings forced Weston's first corner on 69 minutes as Williams had to go full length to turn the effort behind.
Bromley were reduced to 10 men on 76 minutes when Kember was shown a red card for retaliation on Harris, who was shown yellow for the same incident.
Weston made their third substitution on 77 minutes, Ben Wells coming on for Scott Bartlett, but as he fired just wide with his first touch, he tangled with a defender and had to receive 12 minutes treatment on the sideline for a facial injury.
In the remaining minutes, Clayton Fortune was over from a corner, Compton fired wide when it looked easier to score and Mullings gave an easy save to Williams.
ON Saturday, Weston are on their travels again, back in south-east London to take on Welling who are below Weston on goal difference.
WESTON have received a tough draw in the second qualifying round of this season's FA Cup competition when they host fellow Blue Square South outfit Havant and Waterlooville.
The Hampshire-based club have won five and drawn three of their 10 league games, putting them in sixth spot in the table and they also have the league's top scorer Manny Williams who has netted eight goals in 10 appearances. Last season, he played a handful of games for Weston near the end of the season when on loan from Woking.
WESTON Youth Under-18s made a positive start to their season, winning both their opening games.
In a preliminary FA Youth Cup-tie with Tiverton Town, they won 4-1, with goals by Dan Hartley, Ryan Hodrien (2) and Chris Taylor.
In their first Somerset Floodlit League game against Bitton, they won 2-0, Ryan Hodrien scoring both goals.
On Monday next, September 21, they are home again in the next round of the FA Youth Cup when they will host Bath City, kick-off 7.45pm.