Weston win final warm-up game
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WESTON will start the new campaign full of optimism on Saturday after winning their final pre-season friendly.
Despite missing key first-team squad members Ben Kirk, Ashley Kington and Martin Slocombe, the Seagulls beat Frome Town 2-0 at home on Saturday.
Frome enjoyed the better of the opening minutes on Saturday afternoon with only a mixture of poor finishing and good goalkeeping from Lloyd Irish keeping the scores level.
But Weston took the lead on the quarter hour, with former Bristol City striker Tristan Plummer converting a penalty won by Kane Ingram.
The lead was almost doubled a minute later when Plummer was denied his second by the post, having been played in by Naby Diallo.
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Plummer – once linked with Arsenal as a teenager – was denied by a goal-line clearance in the second half shortly before Irish maintained Weston’s slender lead by parrying Frome striker Luke Ballinger’s shot.
Substitute Kayne McLaggon doubled the Seagulls’ lead on 72 minutes when he rounded visiting goalkeeper Darren Chitty, after being gifted possession by some slack defending.
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Midfielder Alec Fiddes, signed this week from Spanish side Lleida Esportiu, was brought on for the final moments.
The departures of Matt Villis, Jamie Price and Ross Stearn at the start of the summer will see greater reliance on the club bringing through youngsters from the academy, as the Seagulls look to build on last season’s record-breaking seventh place finish.
Bradley Ash and Mike Carpenter are two of the academy graduates to make the step up to first-team action in pre-season, with the Seagulls only losing three warm-up games and all to clubs higher up in the league pyramid.
The Woodspring Stadium will host the Skrill South curtain-raiser this weekend, with Eastbourne Borough the visitors for the 3pm kick-off.
In a busy first week for the Seagulls, Weston will travel to Dorchester Town on Tuesday night looking to avenge their 2-1 defeat suffered on the final-day of last season. Kick-off is 7.45pm.