Seagulls Go Top With Superb Welling Win
Weston-super-Mare continue to make waves in the National League South as they steal top spot away from Ebbsfleet by beating a recently-relegated Welling side at Park View Road.
Luke Purnell started in goal while Sekani Simpson and Jordan Williams started as the two full-backs. Clayton Fortune captained the side from centre-back alongside Jason Pope. Dayle Grubb, Darren Mullings, Ashley Kington and Joe McClennan made up the midfield four while Jake Mawford and Shawn McCoulsky continued to partner each other up top.
Weston started the better side and began well when Grubb picked up McClennan’s flick before charging inward before being fouled on the edge of the Welling area. Grubb dusted himself off before drilling the free-kick through the wall via a deflection to beat the keeper’s sprawling dive for his first goal of the season.
Weston doubled their advantage moments before the break when Mawford made a quick exchange with Grubb, with Mawford then dinking the ball through on to his strike partner McCoulsky, who controlled on his chest before calmly slotting into the corner for 2-0.
In the second half, manager Ryan Northmore was happy to let his side see the game out with resolute defending and when the final whistle blew, there were cheers from the travelling supporters as news filtered through that Weston had gone top, with the only 100% record so far in the league this season.
FT: Welling ~United 0-2 Weston-super-Mare AFC (Grubb 16, McCoulsky 44)
Weston XI: Purnell, Simpson, Williams, Mullings, Pope, Fortune(C), McClennan, Mawford(Richards 75), McCoulsky(Meechan 90), Grubb(Dowling 71) ,Kington.
Unused subs: Barnes, Ingram.
MOTM: Ash Kington – Played a very solid game in midfield and wasn’t scared to ping the ball halfway across the pitch to the wide men. Was hard to pick a MOTM as everyone played well but Kington truly deserves it.
Match Report written by Liam Drury