On a humid night in Bristol, Weston triumphed over Southern League South And West side Mangotsfield 2-1 to record their 2nd win of Pre-Season.
Luke Purnell started in goal with Jason Pope and Clayton Fortune as Captain ahead of him as the centre-back pairing. Trialist Jordan Williams and Ben Withey lining up as the full-backs with Ash Kington and Jacob Cane the centre-midfield partnership. Joe McClennan and Jake Mawford started as the two wingers, supporting strikers Tristan Plummer and Lewis Powell.
Weston were the quicker out of the blocks against their weaker opponents, and the Seagulls took the lead only 5 minutes in when Powell was fed the ball down the channel before sliding the ball across to an unmarked Plummer 6 yards from goal, who slotted in through the keeper’s legs.
The first half fizzled out slowly, with the half-time score remaining 1-0 to Weston. The team took to the pitch for the second-half, with Ollie Barnes replacing Fortune and Kane Ingram coming on for midfield engine Jacob Cane. Plummer took over the role of captain.
Weston aimed to retain possession for the game with the odd foray forward toward the opposition goal. Second-half substitute Danny Wring looked lively on the hour mark as he skinned his man before seeing his goal-bound effort from 18 yards parried away by the keeper.
Weston scored again on 75 minutes when Williams beat his man as he cut inside before playing Mawford in down the left and his cross across the face of goal was volleyed home by McClennan with the outside of his boot.
Mangotsfield grabbed a consolation when a misplaced pass in the defence was picked up by former Weston player Ryan Bath, who comfortably slotted home.
FT: Mangotsfield 1-2 Weston (Bath 79 – Plummer 5, McClennan 75)
MOTM:Jordan Williams –T he trialist played superbly down the left-hand side, with some vital interceptions and tackles but also keen to get forward as often as possible, linking up well with Jake Mawford, who almost clinched MOTM himself.
Weston XI: Purnell, Withey, Williams(Camper 80), Cane(Ingram HT), Pope, Fortune(Barnes HT), McClennan(Tandy 80), KIngton(Davis 80), Powell(Mullings 55), Plummer(Wring 55), Mawford.