Weston will bounce back, boss promises supporters

WESTON boss Craig Laird has promised his side will bounce back after a shock 3-0 home defeat to lowly Bromley.

With expectation levels rising at the Woodspring Stadium after the club’s excellent start to 2012, Craig has urged fans to stick behind the team as they bid to overcome their two recent losses.

And he has promised a shake-up ahead of Saturday’s match away at Blue Square South play-off rivals Chelmsford, who currently sit in fourth position.

Having lost 3-0 away to Boreham Wood in their previous match, Weston were forced into a change for the first time this year, with Nabi Diallo replacing Nat Pepperell in midfield.

The Seagulls endured a nightmare start to the match, as the visitors, who had started the day in the bottom three, took the lead with their first attack after three minutes.

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Albert Jarrett rounded a defender wide on the left and crossed for Hakeen Araba to beat Lloyd Irish with a near-post header.

Bromley gained confidence from their early strike and mounted a series of attacks on the Weston goal. In the first half the home team’s chances were reduced to a low effort by Diallo and an off-target shot from Sahr Kabba.

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In the second half Bromley got their killer second goal on 57 minutes, when Anthony Thomas was set up by Araba to score.

Although Jamie Price forced a low save from on-loan Stevenage Borough keeper Joe Welch, Bromley rounded off a miserable afternoon for Weston on 80 minutes.

Jamie Laird’s attempted back-header to Irish was intercepted by Pierre Joseph-Dubois, who rounded the keeper to score.

Craig admitted it took him several days to get over the defeat, saying: “We were poor on the day, and Bromley played well and deserved to win.

“We will learn from it and come back better, I promise the fans that. We had five or six players who were not performing to their usual standards.

“When you have that many players not performing to their best it makes it very difficult.”

While adding that some players could be dropped, he said he would resist wholesale changes and largely stick with a line-up that saw the Seagulls to four wins in their first four games of 2012.

He continued: “We are ahead of schedule, and doing very well considering the club was in the doldrums a few years ago, and now we are pushing for the play-offs.

“I could understand the frustrations in the crowd, but there was no-one more disappointed than myself and the players. We will improve, starting at Chelmsford.”

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