Weston finish pre-season friendlies with victory
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Weston finished their pre-season friendly matches with victory over Frome Town.
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WESTON completed their pre-season preparations with a well-earned win over their Southern Premier League opponents.
The visitors created several good chances early on against a squad missing Ashley Kington, Ben Kirk and Martin Slocombe, while Chas Hemmings, normally a striker, was moved to central defender where he enjoyed a good game, despite being unhappy with the move.
Frome striker Luke Ballinger wasted a good chance on seven minutes when, unmarked, he controlled a high cross from the right, but his shot sailed over the crossbar.
Two minutes later, Lloyd Irish had to dive full length to collect Ryan Charles’ low cross from the right as Ballinger closed in.
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Weston took the lead on 15 minutes when, following their first corner, Kane Ingram was tripped and former Bristol City striker Tristan Plummer, newly signed by the club, scored from the penalty spot.
A minute later, Plummer, who was named man of the match for an impressive performance, almost scored again when he was put through by Nabi Diallo, but the ball ran away, hit the outside of an upright and went behind.
Before the interval, Plummer was just wide with a fine effort and then rattled the Frome woodwork on the stroke of half-time.
For the second half, both sides made several changes and Ingram fired narrowly across goal on 58 minutes while minutes later, Plummer with a shot on the turn had a low effort cleared off the line with keeper Darren Chitty beaten.
Frome’s best chance of the game came on 65 minutes when Ballinger had a fine effort parried by Irish and Jamie Laird completed the save from under the crossbar.
Weston’s second goal came on 72 minutes when the Frome defence gave possession away and Kayne McClaggon had the easiest of tasks of rounding Chitty and scored.
For the second half, Weston brought on Alec Fiddes to partner Bradley Ash on the right and they game impressive performances, constantly troubling the Frome defence, while Chitty brought off another excellent save to again deny Plummer.
Weston squad: Lloyd Irish, Callum Laird, Pete Monks, Brett Trowbridge, Jamie Laird, Chas Hemmings, Dayle Grubb, Ollie Knowles, Tristan Plummer, Kane Ingram, Nabi Diallo, Kayne McClaggon, Bradley Ash, Laurom Mondoe, Alec Fiddes, Jack Camm.
ON Saturday, it all starts for real when Weston entertain Eastbourne Borough in the opening Skrill South game at the Woodspring Stadium (3pm).
Then on Tuesday, Weston make the comparatively short trip to Dorchester Town, with the team coach leaving at 4.15pm.