Seasiders well beaten by league leaders
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Weston were well beaten by league leaders Boreham Wood, who completed the double over the Seasiders.
BOREHAM WOOD 4
WESTON’S three-match unbeaten run was brought to an abrupt end by Boreham who recorded a league double and returned to the top of the Vanarama Conference South table.
The Seagulls failed to capitalise on first-half dominance and the defeat sees them slip to 17th spot in the table.
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From the side successful at Sutton, Jamie Edge took over from Aaron Brown and new signing Jamie Lucas was preferred to Olly Watkins.
The visitors showed their intentions in the first minute when Ricky Shakes made a strong run down the right and from his low cross, Daryl McMahon fired narrowly across goal.
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After that, Weston dominated with Joe McClennan and Lucas making penetrating runs down the flanks, pinning Boreham in their own half and forcing a couple of early corners.
Boreham keeper James Russell brought off a point-blank reaction save to deny Dayle Grubb’s fierce shot on seven minutes. McClennan forced another good save from Russell on 25 minutes .McClennan was narrowly wide with another effort as was Grubb with a free kick and the Seagulls forced another corner.
But all the good work was undone on 33 minutes when, in an isolated attack, Lee Angol headed past keeper Luke Purnell from McMahan’s cross.
At the end of the half, Weston defender Pierce Mitchell, who gave a solid performance, had to be helped off with an ankle injury, Olly Barnes taking over.
The visitors dominated the second half, with Angol forcing a good save from Purnell early on and they increased their lead on 59 minutes when Shakes headed in Scott Thomas’ cross.
Disaster struck Weston on 66 minutes when skipper Tom Jordan unfortunately headed into his own net when defending McMahon’s cross and substitute Charlie Walker added the fourth on 88 minutes when he cut in from the right and beat Purnell from a narrow angle.
To their credit, Weston kept plugging away, forcing three more corners, and they managed a consolation score two minutes into added on time when Bradley Ash, who battled all game against massive central defender Josh Hill, managed to feed substitute Watkins to at last beat Russell.
Goals: Weston, Watkins (90+2). Boreham, Angol (33), Shakes (59), Jordan (66 og), Walker (88).
Shots on target: Weston 4, Boreham 7.
Shots off target: Weston 4, Boreham 5.
Corners: Weston 6, Boreham 0.
Offsides: Weston 3, Boreham 1.
Free kicks conceded: Weston 9, Boreham 15.
Referee: Andy Hendley (Halesowen). Average game, missed a few incidents, but allowed play to flow.
Bookings: Weston, none. Boreham, Angol.
Weston squad: Purnell, Mitchell (Barnes 46), Llewellyn, Edge (Watkins 75), Jordan, Fortune, McClennan, Cane (Mawford 51), Ash, Grubb, Lucas. Subs (not used): Brown, King.
ON Saturday, Weston travel to Bishop’s Stortford, hoping to overturn a 1-0 home defeat suffered on the opening day of the season in August.