Weston gain another point towards relegation safety
PUBLISHED: 11:54 13 March 2006 | UPDATED: 08:59 24 May 2010
WESTON'S fight for survival continued with a visit to mid-table Cardiff side
Whitchurch 2 Weston 2WESTON'S fight for survival continued with a visit to mid-table Cardiff side Whitchurch. Availability was again a problem as Weston travelled with several key players missing, but the team played with great spirit and were unfortunate not to take a vital three points.Whitchurch began as the better side with their quick passing game restricting Weston to their own half. Chambers was sweeper for the day and he marshalled the Weston defence well to deny the home side any clear scoring chances. Whitchurch soon forced a number of penalty corners, but Weston keeper O'Neill was in fine form. During this period Weston defended well and forward Hart was unlucky not to put them ahead when he made a rare tackle to steal the ball. Having survived the Whitchurch pressure, the midfield four of Price, Bearsby, Long and McConkey began to take control and Weston kept possession for long periods. Bearsby, playing out of position at left midfield, found Hart with a fine long ball, but his first-time shot was well saved by the Whitchurch keeper.Weston began the second half well with Long and Bearsby combining on numerous occasions in the left channel.Finally, Brees was on hand to lift the ball over the keeper and put Weston ahead and were extremely unfortunate not to extend this lead. Typically, the Weston defence had a lapse of concentration and within moments Whitchurch equalised. Weston's attitude in recent weeks has certainly impressed and their fighting spirit continued with some great attacking play by Bearsby and Price. Penalty corners were soon being won and again Weston did not get the correct decision when Long's goal-bound shot was stopped by a Whitchurch foot. This was missed by both umpires and a long corner given instead of the deserved penalty stroke. Weston maintained the pressure and were rewarded when Long converted from a penalty corner.As has been the case in recent weeks, Weston could not see out the game for the much needed win and Whitchurch got a late equaliser from a penalty corner strike. Man of the match went to Chambers for his composed display at the back and he also won the Anchor award. This leaves Weston three points from definite safety with two games remaining
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