Weston start the new season with emphatic victory
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Weston started the new season with a 8-0 thrashing of Old Bristolians.
Old Bristolians 0
WESTON 1st XI entertained Old Bristolians in their first game in West Central One, following last season’s promotion.
Club president Larry Mount filled in for head coach Gary Blythe and set the team up. Weston started the strongest and continually pressured the visiting defence, allowing them no time on the ball.
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Nathan Hancock fired the home team into an early lead with a deflected short corner from Kyle Sully after great work from Matt Kearsey. Hancock fired his second shortly after with a fierce reverse stick strike.
Old Bristolians pressed the young Weston side and the home defence of Toby Brees, Dave Holland and Mercedes Benz of Weston man of the match CJ Neate dealt with the danger, while Chris Bryant, in the home goal, had a solid game.
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Weston were unfortunate to lose Jake Turner to hospital with a blow to the head, and Holland landed awkwardly just before half-time to temporarily leave the home side with no available subs.
A rousing team talk from Mount sent Weston on their way in the second half as they used their superior fitness to score six unanswered goals.
Hancock completed his hat-trick and then finished off a sublime team goal with slick passing inside of the D. Rich Heal smashed the ball high into the net to score his first league goal for Weston and doubled his tally soon after with good work from Dave Beer and Chris Etchells.
Captain Sam Neate was unfortunate to see a green and a yellow card, but even with the numerical disadvantage Weston continued to dominate. Curt Watkins finished proceedings off with two goals.
Weston 2nd XI 2
Westbury F 1
THE second team came into the first league game on the back of three pre-season wins and were full of confidence.
Cam Slater had an early chance before Weston took a deserved lead when another good passing move by captain Julian Mobsby was finished at the second time of asking by Slater.
The defence of Mount and Lucas held strong and were supported well by Westcott and Hector, the latter earning joint man of the match for his efforts.
The second half started as the first with Weston pressing for more goals and a good run by Slater was finished off by Muddie for his first ever Weston goal.
Sustained Westbury pressure resulted in a good cross shot that Godwin was unable to reach. Paul Ninnis was brought on to shore up the midfield and between him and the other joint man of the match, Joey Dale, they managed to see out the match and take all three points.
Weston are on the lookout for new players to join their ever expanding squad, any age and ability welcome. Follow the club on Twitter WSMHockeyClub or find us on Facebook. Furthermore, visit the club’s website at Weston-super-mare-hockey.org.uk