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Wealdstone FC v Weston super Mare

Wealdstone FC 4 - 1 Weston super Mare
04 Aug 2018 - 15:00Grosvenor Vale

Marc McGregor’s side were unable to pick up a point on the opening day in a 4 – 1 loss away to Bobby Wilkinson’s Wealdstone.

Wealdstone couldn’t have wished for a better start when Joe White nicked in to bring a bouncing ball away from Jake Lee’s head, before firing into the bottom corner out of Luke Purnell’s reach.

A second wasn’t far around the corner, when David Pratt raced onto a ball that sliced the Seagulls defence apart and he shot across Purnell, with the ball nestling into the corner.

Weston were to get a goal for themselves though, when Jarrad Welch’s touch was slightly loose from a corner. He found Naby Diallo, who crossed first-time into the back post and Eli Phipps was on hand to volley in on his debut.

The home side got a third on the half hour mark though when Bradley Hudson-Odoi was found through the centre and in space, his shot towards the far corner bounced off the post and into the net.

White hit the post after getting in down the left-hand side of the Wealdstone attack, and Jason Pope hammered away with Pratt closing in on the rebound.

Louis McGrory was forced off with a nasty injury just before the half-time interval, after staying down for a prolonged amount of time after being taken out near the touchline.

Luke Purnell pulled off an excellent save just before the hour as Pratt met a cross, and the Seagulls regular tipped onto the crossbar.

Hudson-Odoi nodded wide from six yards, meeting a cross from Rhys Tyler, and Gethyn Hill went close for the Seagulls after a driving run by George Nurse, whose shot was deflected wide.

Pratt sowed the win up when he was played in behind and he finished calmly to round up an opening day win for the Stones.

FT: Wealdstone 4 – 1 Weston (White 2, Pratt 7,86, Hudson Odoi 30 – Phipps 22)

Weston XI: Purnell, McGrory (Byrne 45+2), Nurse, Cane (C), Pope, Lee, Swallow, Diallo, Lucas (Hill 72), Welch, Phipps. Unused substitutes: Morris-Edwards, Goodall, Kingston.

MOTM: Jamie Lucas – With a lack of support and on a hot afternoon, Lucas did a lot of running but nothing seemed to come his way.