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Hendon v Weston-super-Mare

Hendon 2 - 3 Weston-super-Mare
18 Feb 2023 - 15:00Silver Jubilee Park

A brace from James Dodd and a goal from Elis Watts saw Weston beat Hendon 2-3.

The Seagulls quickly found themselves 1-0 down courtesy of a composed strike from Niko Muir.

Weston didn’t let this get to them and rallied to instantly equalise. Olly Mehew broke through the back line and squared the ball across the box perfectly to allow Watts to slot the ball home.

After a frantic start both sides then began to grow into the game and play some good football. Weston had considerable success when Mehew and Watts got on the ball and drove at the defence.

Hendon also had plenty of chances for themselves with the best coming in the 30th minute. A strike from 18 yards cannoned against the bar before dropping down to the ground. There were strong appeals from the Hendon players but the officials were unmoved.

The first half continued without much activity but for a couple of Dayle Grubb chances being saved by the Hendon goalkeeper.

Half Time: Hendon 1-1 Weston-super-Mare AFC

Weston began the second half with a strong attacking impetus and looked to take control of the game.

After replacing Lloyd Humphries in the first half, Jay Murray had joy going down the right hand side and cutting into the box.
Weston should’ve gone 2-1 ahead when Mehew rounded the keeper but the angle was just too tight for him to squeeze the ball into the net.

The second goal did come 3 minutes after when Grubb swung in a pin point corner that met the head of James Dodd. Dodd’s glancing header had enough pace on it that it went through the keeper and into the net.

Hendon then took a foothold in the game and pushed for an equaliser. It nearly came on the hour mark when a strike from inside the box crashed into the bar and another shot was dragged wide.

The equaliser came just 4 minutes later when Liam Brooks found himself in some space just inside the box and curled his effort past the outstretched arm of Luke Purnell.

But the Seagulls ensured they’d be returning with all three points when on 88 minutes Dodd turned his man leaving him facing the goal from 10 yards out. He calmly slotted the ball home giving the travelling supporters a moment to savour.

Weston managed the last 6 minutes professionally and with cool heads to ensure the points would come back to North Somerset.

Full Time: Hendon 2-3 Weston-super-Mare AFC

Weston XI: Purnell, Pope, Laird, Jagger-Cane, Humphries (Murray 25’), Avery, Mehew (Coppin 85’), Dodd, Jackson, Grubb (C), Watts (Bastin 69’). Unused substitutes: Thomas, Williams.

Attendance: 231

MOTM: James Dodd