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Weston-super-Mare AFC v Truro City

Weston-super-Mare AFC 2 - 3 Truro City
16 Dec 2023 - 15:00The Optima Stadium

In a tight contest at The Optima, Truro came away with all three points over Weston, thanks to three goals scored in 12 second-half minutes.

James Morton had the game’s first shot from 25 yards, but his effort was deflected and comfortably rolled through to James Hamon. Ryan Law then had a shot on the stretch go wide when he met a low Connor Riley-Lowe cross, before a Weston defender blocked a Ryan Brett volley on the line after Ed Palmer helped a Will Dean cross back into the middle.

Jason Pope then saw a shot from 25 yards spilt by Hamon, allowing striker Reuben Reid to dink the ball over the keeper but former Seagull Tom Harrison was able to scramble the ball away. Reid recovered it inside the area and laid it off for Jordan Bastin inside the area, who fired over the bar.

The Seagulls broke the deadlock when Pope’s long ball down the right saw James Dodd racing into the channel. He used his strength to win the ball over Sam Sanders, before cutting past another Truro defender to bring the ball onto his left inside the area and fire a low shot beyond Hamon for 1-0.

Max Harris was able to collect a Dean free-kick from 25 yards after the Weston wall made a good block, before Pope saw a 20-yard shot deflect wide after collecting the ball on the turn and Sam Avery then headed Robbie Willmott’s corner wide. Willmott then had a shot deflect wide, before the No.7 had a one-on-one from an angle kept out by Hamon when being slipped in by Reid.

At the start of the second half, Jagger Cane went close with an arrowing drive from 20 yards that flew just over the bar.

The White Tigers were to equalise when Dean set his sights from 30 yards out, a curling strike flew over Harris into the top corner.

Truro were to turn the game on it’s head only four minutes later when Adam Porter got the ball on the left and his low cross was tucked in on the volley by Greenslade from 12 yards on the stretch.

As Weston looked to get back level, Hamon was called into action twice, once to deny a Reid shot from 18 yards and then to tip over a 25-yard Willmott free-kick.

The visitors were to get a third when Harvey turned 18 yards out and saw his powerful drive pushed away by Harris, but Law was in the right place to slot in the rebound from inside the area.

Harris was called into action to keep out a Truro attack from point-blank range down the other end, making a great double save to try and keep Weston in the contest. Substitute Marlon Jackson then had a shot from 18 yards gathered by Hamon, before the away keeper was made to push away a long-range effort by Dodd.

The Seagulls pulled one back late on when Pope got down the right and played a cross in for Jagger Cane, who brought the ball down and slotted a shot past Hamon for his first goal of the season.

Despite Weston’s late attacks, the Truro defence stayed organised and firm, keeping their hosts at bay to secure all three points.

FT: Weston 2-3 Truro City (Dodd 26, Jagger Cane 84 – Dean 52, Greenslade 56, Law 64)
Attendance: 764.

Weston XI: Harris, Bastin, Humphries, Pope, Avery, Dodd, Grubb (C) (Jackson HT), Jagger Cane, Willmott, Morton, Reid. Unused substitutes: Mannings, Purnell, Thomas, Fletcher.

MOTM: Jacob Jagger Cane.