Chelmsford Too Good for Seagulls
Weston-super-Mare fell to their consecutive National League South defeat on Saturday afternoon, being resoundingly beaten in a 0-3 defeat to relegation rivals Chelmsford City.
The Seagulls were second best from the outset, visibly lacking the energy and creativity of Dayle Grubb and Jacob Cane in the centre of the park.
The visitors’ opener came when hefty forward Jason Williams was released through on goal, catching Luke Purnell in no-man’s-land, weighting his lob to perfection on 22 minutes.
A relatively benign first half concluded without prominent incident, as the home side failed to register a shot on target.
Returning from the break, the Seagulls went back to basics, looking to keep the ball to alter the flow of the game, but their plans were scuppered when Ollie Barnes received a straight red card shortly after the hour for an admittedly reckless tackle, though the contact on the player did little to merit an early bath.
Almost immediately, the visitors capitalised when Jack Bridge hared through on goal down Weston’s left channel, lashing into past Purnell into the corner to compound the Seagulls’ misery.
Efforts from Jason Pope and Clayton Fortune were testing and teased a comeback, but in reality it was never on the cards, with the Clarets bagging a third in added time through late substitute Lee Sawyer, who dispatched a dubiously awarded spot kick.
The Seagulls must improve in the coming games, or a challenging conclusion to the season is a certainty.
Final Score: Weston-super-Mare 0-3 Chelmsford City
Weston Starting XI: Purnell, Edge (Varouxakis), Barnes (Sent off), Pope (Camper), Keary, Fortune, McClennan (Plummer), Withey, Wilson, Wring, Byrne.
Substitutes not used: Davis.