Weston keep up promotion challenge


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Weston kept their challenge for honours with a narrow victory at Shepton Mallet.



WESTON travelled away again to play against a strong Shepton Mallet men’s team and returned with all three points.

Shepton began the half well, putting Weston’s defence under pressure. A few close chances made their way in to the D from Shepton attackers and eventually from a long corner, the home team scored, but this was disallowed after the pass from the corner failed to travel five yards.

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Weston made a few chances, but these were placed just wide of the Shepton goal. A short corner was awarded to Weston, but this didn’t quite make the goalmouth after a hard slap from player Sully.

Another attack made its way from the Shepton defence to the striker in a well-timed pass and eventually a hit from the top of the D resulted in Weston conceding a goal.

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After a stern team talk from Weston coach Blyth, Weston were positive to start the second half better than the first. In the first few minutes chances began to materialise and an accurate pass was made by Brees, which allowed Hancock to strike the ball on the reverse for the equaliser.

This momentum carried forward and Weston moved the pressure back to Shepton’s half of the pitch. After a 16-yard hit, Weston quickly caught Shepton on the break.

Beginning with Brees at the back, Kearsey moved at pace along the line to distribute out to Etchells. After a quick dribble past a defending player, he passed the ball to Hancock, who scored on the reverse hit, putting Weston 2-1 up.

Weston continued to hold the through balls back towards the end of the second half, with only one chance from Shepton making its way through with no success.

The game ended with a narrow win for Weston, showing they had enough character to come back and win after being in a losing position.

Man of the match was awarded to Chris Bryant in goal.

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