Weston crash at home in ‘worst ever performance’

Weston crashed 4-0 at home to Dorcheste, described by manager Craig Laird as the ‘worst ever performance’.



“THIS was the worst-ever performance by a team in my care,” was the after-match comment by a dejected Weston manager Craig Laird who watched his side humiliated by a Dorchester squad whom Weston had twice beaten earlier in the season.

At the Avenue Stadium Weston won 3-1 in the Blue Square South with goals by Jamie Price, Kane Ingram and Ben Hunt and in the FA Cup, Weston won 1-0, Matt Villis the scorer.

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But there was no success this time for the Seagulls as Dorchester dominated from the start and by half time the game was over as a contest with the visitors coasting to 3-0.

Weston started brightly with Sahr Kabba having an effort cleared almost off the goal-line in the first minute, but then Dorchester took control and opened their account on 13 minutes when keeper Lloyd Irish could only push Neil Martin’s blistering effort on to his crossbar and Tom Nichols headed in from the rebound.

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The Magpies struck again on 23 minutes when, for some unknown reason, they were awarded a 25-yard free kick by New Barnet referee Jake Hillier, who had a less than impressive game, and Kyle Critchell beat Irish with a shot on the ground.

The home goal had a let-off on 28 minutes when Price cleared off the line with Irish beaten, but just before the half-time whistle, Dorchester struck again, Sam Malsom beat Irish with a near-post header from Crichell’s cross from the right,

With words of advice ringing in their ears, Weston took control in the second half, forcing five corners, but they failed to break down the Magpies’ defence who pulled 10 men behind the ball.

Their best effort came on 69 minutes when substitute Ingram forced a full-length save from keeper Nick Jones.

With virtually their only attack of the second half, Dorchester completed Weston’s humiliation when Ryan Dovell scored after efforts by Nichols and Malsom were beaten out.


Goals: Dorchester, Nichols (13), Critchell (23), Malsom (45), Dovell 74).

Shots on target: Weston 3, Dorchester 7.

Shots off target: Weston 5, Dorchester 3.

Corners: Weston 8, Dorchester 2.

Offsides: Weston 4, Dorchester 3.

Free kicks conceded: Weston 17, Dorchester 17.

Referee:Jake Hillier (New Barnet). Easily the poorest official seen at the Woodspring Stadium this season.

Bookings: Weston, Villis, Kabba, Trowbridge, Kirk. Dorchester, Jermyn, Nichols

Attendance: 303.

Weston squad: Irish, Price, Slocombe, Laird, Villis, Young (McGregor 78), Diallo (Ingram 46), Kirk, Kabba (Grubb 46), Trowbridge, Pepperell. Subs (not used): Cleverley, Duhaarty.

WESTON have another home Blue Square South game on Satuday when bottom club Thurrock provide the opposition. Weston will be looking for another league double as they won 3-0 back in August with goals by Kane Ingram (2) and substitute Mike Mackay.

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