Weston-super-Mare slip to sixth straight defeat and hand Concord Rangers first win

Weston slipped to a sixth straight defeat.

Weston slipped to a sixth straight defeat. - Credit: Archant

Weston’s poor run of form continued today (Saturday) as they were beaten 2-1 by Concord Rangers – who in turn registered their first win of the season.

Weston 1 (McCoulsky 47)

Concord Rangers 2 (Carlos 4, Cawley 8)

The Seagulls got off to the worst possible start and paid for sloppy defending on their own patch – something which has been a regular occurrence so far this season. It took the Beach Boys just four minutes to take the lead and Jqao Carlos was on hand to slot home an early gift from the Seagulls.

A goalmouth scramble then ensued four minutes later which left the home side shell-shocked after they conceded a corner and failed to deal with it.

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Dumebi Dumaka was unable to get past Luke Purnell but some more questionable defending from the hosts allowed Steve Cawley to add the second.

The match then faced a lengthy delay when Shawn McCoulsky clashed with visiting keeper Ben McNamara, who suffered a nasty cut to the head.

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Both players went for the ball but a high foot from McCoulsky resulted in a yellow card. But after several minutes of on-field treatment the keeper was ready to continue.

Dayle Grubb got the match back underway and registered the Seagulls’ first chance.

His blazing run was impressive but his decision when to place the ball into the box was poor. It left McClousky and Richards frustrated as the Seagulls tried to get a foothold in the games.

Weston looked to have benefited from the stoppage as Eliot Richards then played the ball to Grubb, who shot from distance.

His finish sailed just over the bar but it was the start of some encouraging play.

Head coach Ryan Northmore then made a bold attacking change as he sacrificed defender Sekani Simpson for highly-rated attacking midfielder George Dowling.

The change revitalised the Seagulls and they enjoyed extended spells of possession with their new-look formation as they introduced a back three and two holding midfielders with Richards and McCoulsky leading the attacking line.

Weston’s good play continued in the second half and they got their rewards two minutes in.

George Dowling’s superb individual skill got the better of the whole of the Concord defence and his inch-perfect ball found top-scorer McCoulsky who only had to tap in past McNamara.

It was like watching a different side as the attacking football continued to flow. Joe McClennan and George Dowling were working well together and creating a host of chances, leaving Concord Rangers as mere spectators.

But it was McCoulsky who missed a golden chance to draw his side level when substitute Laucys Audrious’s challenge on the forward resulted in the referee pointing to the spot on the hour.

The in-form striker’s penalty was poor and McNamara – who kept the Seagulls at bay all match - made an easy save.

While new loan signing Bradley Ash’s introduction buoyed the crowd, he was unable to live up to their high expectations with only 18 minutes on the field to make an impact.

A series of late corners but the Beach Boys’ defence under pressure but McNamara was again on hand to deny the Seagulls the perfect finale.

Head coach Ryan Northmore was frustrated at the result but said his side need to learn to deal with going 1-0 down.

He said: “We need to stop feeling sorry for ourselves when we go 1-0 down. We can’t keep conceding again.

“You don’t play like that and keep losing. The points have to come.”

The Mercury asked Northmore if he was feeling the pressure after losing six games in a row.

He said: “There is always pressure but I have dealt with it before. I took over when we were seven points adrift and we have ten points on the board this season, which is disappointing considering the start, but you can see the players desire to improve and you can’t fault their effort.”

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