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Dorchester Town v Weston-super-Mare

Dorchester Town 0 - 3 Weston-super-Mare
11 Oct 2022 - 19:45The Avenue Stadium

Second-half goals from Marlon Jackson, Dayle Grubb and Scott Laird ensured a 3-0 win away to Dorchester Town.

The first chance of the game fell to Alfie Stanley, who was quickest to react after a long kick dropped his way and he tested Max Harris with a low 20-yard drive inside the first 60 seconds. Grubb had a shot from inside the box deflected wide after playing a 1-2 with Jackson, with the skipper then having another attempt deflect behind after meeting a low Elis Watts cross.

Jackson stabbed a shot wide of the post from 18 yards after Reid had laid the ball off in his direction, before Charlie Gunson stung the palms of Harris down the opposite end after dispossessing Jacob Jagger-Cane 25 yards from the Weston goal. Lloyd Humphries then headed an attempt into the arms of Brad Snelling from six yards after the hosts failed to deal with an inswinging Grubb free-kick.

Reid slashed wide of the near post from an angle after being found by Grubb inside the area, while Laird drove an effort wide of the near post from 25 yards after a Jacob Jagger-Cane pass into his feet. Jackson had the final chance of the half when he turned inside the box from a Grubb pass, but fired wildly over the bar from 12 yards.

Watts had the first chance of the second half when he cut inside from the right, his shot being deflected behind for yet another Weston corner.

The breakthrough was to come ten minutes into the second half when a patient passing move found it’s way to Grubb, who took the tempo up a notch by immediately finding Reid inside the box. With the striker having his back to goal, he laid it off for strike partner Jackson 18 yards out who calmly curled an effort into the bottom corner for his ninth of the campaign.

Snelling pushed a low effort from Jackson wide of his goal after the experienced striker had been found midway inside the Dorchester half by Grubb.

The skipper was to get his tenth goal of the campaign in style a minute later however when James Dodd was fouled 25 yards from the home goal. The No.10 stepped up to the dead ball situation and curled an outstanding free-kick over the wall and leaving the home keeper rooted to the spot as the ball nestled in the corner.

Snelling again was called into action by Weston, Grubb cutting in from the left and seeing a low drive pushed round the post by the keeper.

The Seagulls were to get a third goal through Laird’s first of the season. The left-back got the ball from Grubb at an angle wide of the Dorchester area, and when crossing looked like a more viable option, the defender somehow pulled off the sublime and curled his effort over the backpeddling Snelling and into the far-top stanchion, leaving many in the ground bemused that the ball had even entered the goal.

Watts had a chance to make it four when he was put in behind the home defence, but he slotted his effort just the wrong side of the post when one-on-one.

Despite some late Dorchester pressure in the Weston half, the Seagulls held out for their 3-0 win as we move back to the top of the Southern League Premier South.

FT: Dorchester 0-3 Weston (Jackson 56, Grubb 65, Laird 77)

Weston XI: Harris, Murray, Laird (Jones 83), Jagger-Cane, Humphries, Avery, Dodd, Jackson (Griffith 83), Grubb (C), Watts, Reid (Bak 87). Unused substitute: Purnell.

MOTM: Dayle Grubb.