Seagulls’ revival brought to a shuddering halt

PUBLISHED: 15:48 04 February 2015 | UPDATED: 15:48 04 February 2015

Weston v Hemel Hempstead.

Weston v Hemel Hempstead.

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Weston’s recent Vanarama Conference South revival was brought to a shuddering halt by visitors Hemel Hempstead.

WESTON-S-MARE 1

HEMEL HEMPSTEAD 6

WESTON’S recent Vanarama Conference South revival was brought to a shuddering halt by first-time visitors Hemel Hempstead who overwhelmed the Seagulls.

Playing direct one-touch football, the visitors had the game virtually won inside the first 15 minutes when they scored three times.

Although Weston tried hard to pick themselves up, they were kept pinned back and had to wait until the 89th minute before getting on the scoresheet.

The visitors opened their account on nine minutes when Zane Banton finished a flowing move by firing across keeper Luke Purnell. Four minutes later, Oliver Hawkins got the second when the home defence failed to clear Hemel’s first corner and a minute later skipper Jordan Parkes beat Purnell low down with a 25-yard free kick.

To their credit, Weston tried hard to get going, with Joe McClennan, who led the attack, forcing a good save from visiting keeper Laurie Walker, and then the keeper did well to twist in mid-air to tip Olly Watkins’ strong effort over his bar.

Four minutes before the break, Hemel struck again when Matty Harriott beat Purnell from 30 yards and on 45 minutes, Hemel were awarded a penalty, but Purnell guessed correctly to Parkes’ spot, turning the shot round his post.

Early in the second half, both sides exchanged corners, but Hemel struck again on 81 minutes when Parkes had a simple tap-in after Purnell had parried Hawkins’ close range shot.

Substitute Tristan Plummer was brought down in the penalty area and he picked himself up to beat Walker from the spot, but on 90 minutes Harriott completed the scoring with a superb snap shot from 35 yards that left Purnell standing still.

WESTON STATS

Goals: Weston, Plummer (89, penalty). Hemel, Banton (9), Hawkins (13), Parkes (14, 81), Harriott (41, 90).

Shots on target: Weston 5, Hemel 9.

Shots off target: Weston 4, Hemel 8.

Corners: Weston 5, Hemel 4.

Offsides: Weston 4, Hemel 2.

Free kicks conceded: Weston 9, Hemel 7.

Referee: John O’Brien (London). Good game, kept his cards in his pocket.

Bookings: None.

Attendance: 212.

Weston squad: Purnell, Mitchell, Barnes (Plummer 57), Edge, Jordan, Fortune, Mawford, Cane, McClennan (Llewellyn 79), Ash, Watkins. Subs (not used): Buxton, Brown, Ingram.

ON Saturday, Weston travel to Wealdstone and will be looking to avenge a 2-1 defeat suffered at home in October.

On Tuesday, Weston will entertain Bath City in the game postponed from Boxing Day.


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