Weston dominate in top of the table clash
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Leaders Weston defeated second-placed Bristol University to stretch their lead at the top.
BRISTOL UNI 0
LEAGUE leaders Weston travelled to second-placed Bristol University, with both sides level on points and looking to top the table by the end of the day.
Buoyed by the late inclusion of Hancock and the return of Dave Beer and Toby Brees, Weston started strongly, but Bristol moved the ball at pace, highlighting the tough battle Weston were facing to take all three points.
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The visitors took an early lead when a short corner earned by Sam Neate was deflected home by Hancock, from a Kyle Sully shot. They quickly followed this up with Hancock again squeezing the ball under the goalkeeper’s legs from an acute angle.
Rich Heal and Jake Turner were causing the Bristol full-backs problems and another short corner was earned. This time a smart save from a deflected shot was followed up by Hancock who flicked the ball into the roof of the net.
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The defence of CJ Neate, Dave Holland, Mercedes Benz of Weston man of the match Brees and James Hector dealt with proceedings calmly and looked to feed the attackers with possession.
Chris Etchells was having a good game in midfield, using his fitness to maintain the tricky Bristol midfield.
After the break, Neate dropped back into a more defensive position and the front three of Heal, Hancock and Turner pressed admirably. Curt Watkins was particularly impressive with his direct running at the Bristol defence and was unlucky not to get on the score sheet.
Chris Bryant had to make two fantastic saves to keep his side in front. Weston continued to dominate and went four ahead when Sully fired home a short corner and completed the rout when Hancock was brought down by the goalkeeper and he fired the ball home from the penalty spot.
On Saturday, Weston entertain Mid Somerset, who were promoted as champions alongside Weston from West Central 2 at Broadoak, pushback is 2pm.
Weston 2nd XI 4
North Somerset B 2
THE seconds entertained local rivals North Somerset in a thrilling encounter at Broadoak.
The home midfield of Westcott, Mobsby and Ninnis were pressing well and winning tackles that stopped North Somerset from creating chances. The trio provided a solid base with which to counter attack and the forward line of Thorne, Slater and Dale took full advantage to create numerous chances for Beer up front.
Weston finally went in front midway through the first-half when Beer calmly slotted home his first of the day from a quick passing move. The home team were soon two up when Mercedes-Benz man of the match Joey Dale finished with an excellent strike.
Mobsby then fed Beer with a slick through ball for his second and Weston’s third shortly before half-time.
After the break, the visitors altered formation and put Weston under pressure straight from the push back.
The Weston defence stood firm against a much improved North Somerset attack and Lucas, Davis, Duckett and goalkeeper Canter did well to repel the early pressure
North Somerset pulled a goal back after some sloppy play and scored a second with 10 minutes remaining, setting up a tense finale. Weston secured victory when Beer secured his hat-trick.