Weston triumph in top of the table clash

Hockey Westonv Bristol&West.

Hockey Westonv Bristol&West. - Credit: Archant

League leaders Weston defeated second-placed Bristol and Weston to stretch their lead at the top.



LEAGUE leaders Weston entertained second-placed Bristol and West and came away with a narrow victory.

Starting strongly, Weston pressed the visiting defence and forced many errors that Weston failed to take advantage, with Matt Kearsey being brought down frequently, several short corners.

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Weston finally broke the deadlock when Nathan Hancock lifted the ball over the advancing goalkeeper. Bristol quickly reacted and a ball over the top was failed to be dealt with and Chris Bryant was unfortunate not to save the shot.

At the break, Kyle Sully switched with Sam Neate, who sat in a more defensive role to protect the home defence of Mercedes Benz of Weston man of the match Toby Brees, CJ Neate and James Hector.

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Dave Holland came on and had a solid game and the home midfield of Neate, Etchells, Beer and Heal started to gain more possession to feed the front two of Hancock and Kearsey.

This resulted in a short corner which was deflected home by Hancock for his second of the game. Jake Turner linked up with Hancock for him to score his hat-trick and put Weston firmly in control.

Sully missed a sitter to put severe pressure on the home side, before Brees committed a foul in the D and as a result Weston conceded a scrappy goal. Luckily, Weston held on and completed their third victory on the trot to maintain their 100 per cent start and remain at the top of West Central One.

Somerset Gryphons 0

Weston A 3

Weston A travelled to Clevedon to play against local rivals Somerset Gryphons in a disciplined performance from the visitors.

As the first-half entered the final 10 minutes, it looked as if Weston may have to go into the break all square, despite the continued pressure and shots on goal. The breakthrough came when a good diagonal run across the D and pinpoint cross from McCarthy found Davis at the back post for an uncontested tap-in.

After the break, Weston’s defence of Duckett, Mount and Lucas stayed strong. The midfield of Westcott, Ninnis, Mudie and Mobsby broke play up and were instrumental in combining with the attackers to bring Weston back into the ascendancy.

Two more quick goals by Davis, one from a well-worked short corner brought him his hat-trick and Weston a 3-0 win.

The Mercedes-Benz man of the match was shared between Beer and Davis.

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