Weston denied a deserved point in injury time
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Weston were denied a deserved point at Bromley, when the home side scored the winner in injury time.
THIS win secured a Skrill South play-off place for Bromley, but it took an injury-time goal to get the better of a spirited Weston side and complete a league double.
Weston went into the game missing Kane Ingram, Chas Hemmings, who was ill, skipper Ben Kirk, out for the rest of the season, and Dan Gregson, serving a one-match suspension, but they put up a stubborn defensive display and did not deserve to lose.
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Making a bright start, Weston forced a couple of early corners with Brett Trowbridge, Martin Slocombe, Syd Camper and Ashley Kington going close, but without troubling home keeper Joe Welch.
Bromley got going late in the first-half with leading scorer Bradley Goldberg, on loan from Dagenham and Redbridge, forcing a decent save from keeper Lloyd Irish. Minutes later, Irish did well to get down to claim Louis Dennis’ low cross as Jake Reid, who earlier faced Weston playing for Bath City, closed in.
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Five minutes into the second half, Bromley opened the scoring when Goldberg was brought down by Jamie Laird and Goldberg picked himself up to score his 21st league goal of the season from the penalty spot.
After that, the home side began to take control, but the Weston back four of Jordan Walker, Ollie Knowles, Jamie Laird and Slocombe were in outstanding form, along with Trowbridge, Naby Diallo, Alec Fiddes, Dale Grubb and Kington running the midfield.
Weston’s persistence paid off on 78 minutes when Grubb burst through from midfield, shrugging off three tackles and firing low past Welch.
Weston were looking like picking up a deserved point until the 92nd minute when Dennis made a strong run down the left and crossed for substitute Jay May to fire past Irish from a couple of yards.
Goals: Bromley, Goldberg (50, penalty), May (90+2), Weston, Grubb (78).
Shots on target: Bromley 4, Weston 2.
Shots off target: Bromley 8, Weston 3.
Corners: Bromley 3, Weston 6.
Offsides: Bromley 5, Weston 1.
Free kicks conceded: Bromley 18, Weston 7.
Referee: Mr N Hair (Peterborough). Good game.
Bookings: Bromley, Swaine. Weston, Jamie Laird.
Weston squad: Irish, Fiddes, Slocombe, Walker, Jamie Laird, Knowles, Diallo, Trowbridge, Camper, Kington, Grubb. Subs (not used): McGregor, Ash, Callum Laird, Purnell.
WESTON have a busy Easter weekend, beginning with a visit from Havant and Waterlooville on Friday evening (7.45pm), where they will be looking to overturn a 2-0 defeat suffered in August.
On Monday, Weston travel for their final away game of the season to Basingstoke Town where they will be looking to complete a league double, having won 1-0 at home, also in August.
BEFORE the party set out for their trip to Bromley on Saturday morning, they were shocked to learn of the sudden death of their regular coach driver for the past several seasons, Mr Chris Herniman.
Mr Herniman was at the Berkeleys Coaches depot at Paulton on Friday afternoon, preparing the coach for the Bromley trip, but sadly died after returning home.
After the game, all the Weston players and supporters signed a card of condolence which was sent to Mr Herniman’s family.