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Truro City v Weston super Mare

Truro City 0 - 4 Weston super Mare
18 Apr 2022 - 15:00Bolitho Park (Plymouth Parkway)

Goals from James Dodd, Marlon Jackson and Dayle Grubb saw Weston to a 4-0 win at Truro, which sets up a clash with Harrow on the final day to seal fifth place.

The Seagulls took the lead just two minutes in when Jackson latched onto a mistake in the Truro defence. He fed Grubb into the box, whose shot was saved by James Hamon in the home goal. The ball fell back kindly for Grubb, and he looked up to find Dodd 12 yards out who fired in from 12 yards first-time to kick the afternoon’s proceedings off.

Weston kept up their early pressure when Nick McCootie fired over from inside the area, before Grubb’s looping shot six minutes later hit the crossbar and Josh Thomas was unable to convert on the rebound with a header. Andrew Neal then had a first chance for the hosts after skipping into the box, but Max Harris was down sharply to deny the Truro striker.

The Seagulls doubled their lead when a Grubb corner wasn’t dealt with by the Truro defence. The ball was helped back toward goal by Josh Thomas, and Sam Avery’s shot was beaten away by Hamon from six yards. McCootie couldn’t get enough on his header to divert it goalwards, the ball dropping for Jackson at the back post who managed to turn his shot away for the two-goal advantage.

Into the second half, Truro started off brightly when Neal forced Harris into a save less than two minutes into the second period. Neal then forced Harris into another save with the ball falling for Alex Battle at the back post, but his header hit the base of the post and behind for a corner. Neal was again getting space inside the area, but he couldn’t direct a diving header on target from Niall Thompson’s cross.

Weston scored again through a brilliant bit of perseverance from Grubb. Grubb looked to beat Thompson inside the area but the full-back looked to shield the ball out of play. Changing his mind at the last minute, he looked to play it back to a team-mate but Dodd intercepted the pass. Backheeling the ball into the path of Grubb, he curled a shot which took a deflection from six yards and past Hamon into the corner.

The final goal would come from Grubb again in typical fashion. A long pass found the winger on the left-hand side. He found Dodd running into the box, and his pass found the midfielder. Dodd laid the ball back to the No.10 now 18 yards out, who curled into the corner past Hamon to put the gloss on a delightful display by Scott Bartlett’s side.

FT: Truro 0-4 Weston (Dodd 2, Jackson 34, Grubb 72,88)

Weston XI: Harris, Keiran Thomas (C), Laird, Josh Thomas, Pope, Avery, McCootie (Humphries 68), Dodd, Jackson (Cox 83), Grubb, Bastin (Watts 77). Unused sub: Murray.

MOTM: James Dodd.