Weston back to their best

Weston AFC v Salisbury.

Weston AFC v Salisbury. - Credit: Archant

Weston defeated Dorchester town 2-0 and moved up to fifth place in the Blue Square South league.

WESTON-S-MARE 2

DORCHESTER TOWN 0

WESTON were back to their best Blue Square South form as they saw off Dorchester, totally dominating the first-half. The win moves Weston up to fifth spot in the league, going above Boreham Wood, but the Hertfordshire club have played two fewer games.

With eight more games left to play, Weston now have 53 points, the same number they picked up for the whole of last season.


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Attacking from the start, Weston came close on three minutes when Martin Slocombe ended a good move involving Dayle Grubb by firing into the side netting. Leading the home attack, Kayne McClaggon should have done better on nine minutes when he gave Dorchester keeper Jason McManus an easy save from a couple of yards from another Grubb low cross.

Two minutes later, McManus made a good save to deny another McClaggon effort, which saw the little striker kick the hoarding behind the goal in frustration. Minutes later, Brett Trowbridge fired narrowly across goal.

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Weston’s persistence paid off on 22 minutes when, in another attack, Jamie Price was brought down for one of 24 free kicks conceded by Dorchester and Kane Ingram beat McManus from the penalty spot.

Little was seen of the Dorchester attack until the 33rd minute when, from Sam Malsom’s corner, home keeper Lloyd Irish punched the ball to safety.

Weston were soon back on the attack and Nabby Diallo, who was outstanding in midfield, fired narrowly wide, but into stoppage time at the end of the half, Weston struck again when from a superb build-up involving Slocombe and Grubb, McClaggon hit the base of Dorchester’s far post and from the rebound, Ingram was on hand to easily score.

For the second half, Dorchester came more into the game, with their best player Malsom causing problems down the left, and forcing a point blank reflex same from Irish in the last minute as well as going close a couple of times.

Despite this, Weston created the better chances, McClaggon having an effort hacked to safety off the line, and, with his first touch after coming on, Ross Stearn beat his marker and his low cross beat McManus, but McClaggon just failed to get a touch to turn the ball in on the far post.

Into stoppage time, Irish made another superb save to deny Tom Nicholls on his Dorchester debut.

WESTON STATS

Goals: Weston, Ingram (22 penalty, 45+2).

Shots on target: Weston 7, Dorchester 4.

Shots off target: Weston 4, Dorchester 3.

Corners: Weston 1, Dorchester 4.

Offsides: Weston 3, Dorchester 2.

Free kicks conceded: Weston 12, Dorchester 25.

Referee: Andy Hendley (Halesowen). Inconsistent at times.

Bookings: Weston, Ingram, Trowbridge, Kirk. Dorchester, Jermyn.

Weston squad: Irish, Price, Slocombe, Diallo, Villis, Parry, Grubb (Stearn 75), Kirk, McClaggon, Ingram (Monks 90), Trowbridge. Subs (not used): Owen Irish, Kington, Callum Laird.

IMPROVEMENTS are being carried out to the Woodspring Stadium, should the team be promoted to the Premier Division.

A total of 288 seats have been installed behind the academy goal and terracing is being installed behind the other goal.

Last Saturday’s game against Basingstoke Town away will now be played on Tuesday, April 9 (7.45pm) at the Camrose Stadium).

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