Weston in a generous mood
DORCHESTER TOWN 4 WESTON-S-MARE 2 - PRESENTING your opponents with three goals on a plate is not the best way to win matches, as Weston found out to their cost.
DORCHESTER TOWN 4
PRESENTING your opponents with three goals on a plate is not the best way to win matches, as Weston found out to their cost with some suicidal defending at the Jewson Stadium where they had won for the previous four seasons.
The pitch had only passed inspection at 11am following heavy overnight rain and the game was played in a continuous drizzle which made ball control difficult, but it was the same for both sides.
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From the side beaten by Chelmsford, Tom Evans replaced the injured Mike Green in defence, Josh Ford and Clayton Fortune were recalled to the midfield and Josh Klein-Davies was up front partnering Jermaine Clarke.
In Weston's first attack, Clarke headed wide from Tom Evans' throw on the right. In another Dorchester attack on 12 minutes, Kevin Sawyer went full-length to deny Kyle Critchell, but the home goal had a let-off on 29 minutes when Klein-Davies rounded keeper Regan Coward, but the keeper recovered to force him wide.
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Dorchester broke the deadlock two minutes later when Ryan Moss rose above the defence to head Ryan Hill's curling free kick past Sawyer.
As Weston tried to get back, Klein-Davies forced a full-length save from Coward and minutes later Clarke was just over with an effort.
Then came the first moment of madness by Weston as Tom Evans, with time and space to make an effective clearance, played the ball into the path of Matt Groves, who made ground and fired low past Sawyer on 37 minutes. Two minutes later, Weston had a let-off when Groves miskicked only yards out from an open goal.
A minute before the break, Weston were on the scoresheet when, from a good midfield build-up, Clarke put Klein-Davies through to beat Coward.
Weston looked stronger early in the second half, forcing three corners in the first six minutes, but the nearest they came was Clarke firing over.
But the defence were at it again on 52 minutes, this time Ford turning Hill's cross from the right past Sawyer when it looked easier to clear. Again Weston tried to hit back with Klein-Davies forcing another good save from Coward and Richard Evans firing wide after cutting in from the left.
Persistence paid off on 63 minutes when Weston forced another corner and from Richard Evans' kick, Fortune rose above the home defence to beat Coward. After Craig Rand limped off with a groin injury, Richard Evans had an effort beaten away by Coward for another corner.
The fun and games ended on 67 minutes when Tom Parrinello turned Steve Devlin's low effort past Sawyer to complete Weston's woes.
ON Saturday, Weston will make another attempt at winning a Blue Square South game when Havant and Waterlooville provide the opposition at the Woodspring Stadium (3pm).