Weston triumph in top of the table clash

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Weston defeated Mendip in a top of the table clash to stretch their lead to six points.



LEAGUE leaders Weston took on second-placed Mendip at Priory, hoping to secure a six point difference with only four games to play.

The home team started well, but not capitalising on the chances made, with the Mendip keeper making some important saves. Midway through the half, Heal swiftly passed the ball into the D for Hancock to collect and score on the reverse hit.

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With 10 minutes of the first-half left, pressure forced a mistake by a Mendip defender. A free hit was given to Weston just outside the D area. Midfielders Etchells and Kearsey worked well together, setting up Watkins to score the second goal.

Mendip retaliated with an attacking move which resulted in three short corners to be defended right on the half-time whistle, but keeper Bryant and defenders Sully, Holland, Hector and Brees kept the ball out.

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The second half began with Weston distributing well from the back and through to the midfield players. Weston pressure was rewarded with a penalty stroke given to Hancock to take and he made no mistake.

After this, Mendip showed their fighting spirit and found a burst of energy. Making a run into the D, they reduced the deficit. Weston held onto the ball after this mishap, controlling the match in the final minutes to finish 3-1 winners.

Man of the match was awarded to defender Brees.

Weston 2nd XI 1

Robinsons D 3

AFTER a much-improved performance, the seconds will feel unlucky to have fallen to their third defeat in as many games.

The result leaves them in fourth place in the Davis Wood West Central League and with an uphill struggle if they are to achieve promotion.

Weston took a deserved lead after a pinpoint long pass from Mount split the Robinsons defence and led to a short corner, which was expertly dispatched into the bottom corner by Beer.

Robinsons were only one point behind Weston going into this game and they quickly got back on level terms when one of their forwards managed to get in behind Weston’s defence to beat Canter.

Weston were punished for a failure to convert their chances when Robinsons finished well from a short corner late in the first half to leave the score 2-1 at half-time.

Captain Mobsby decided to watch from the side lines early in the second half, which allowed Ninnis to move into his favoured central role and between him and Davies they started to control the midfield.

Weston’s defence of Mount, Duckett and Westcott were holding back any potential Robinsons attacks, but a deflection from a short corner gave Robinsons their third goal.

Pitt, Williams and Patrick continued to battle in an attempt to bring Weston back into the game, but time was against them and they were unable to capitalise.

Ninnis picked up the Mercedes Benz of Weston man of the match award, while DoD went to Thorne.

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