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Weston-super-Mare v Harrow Borough

Weston-super-Mare 7 - 0 Harrow Borough
27 Aug 2022 - 15:00The Optima Stadium

Weston began the Bank Holiday double header in fantastic fashion with a 7-0 win over visitors Harrow Borough.

George Moore had the first attempt of the game, his shot from 25 yards swerving wide of Max Harris’ goal.

The Seagulls were to take the lead just five minutes in when Reuben Reid latched onto a defensive mistake and drove into the box, being brought down by Imran Uche on the slide. Skipper Grubb stepped up, and smashed his penalty into the top corner of Jacob Knightbridge’s goal.

Jordan Bastin had a shot on his right foot held by Knightbridge after Marlon Jackson found him on the overlap, before Will Tunnicliff’s shot from 25 yards was wide of the target after he had intercepted a pass out of the Harrow defence.

Grubb was to double his tally for the afternoon a few minutes after his first when Jackson beat his man to get into the box, but was hauled down by Shaun Predde. The Harrow skipper was shown a straight red card, and Grubb stepped up to fire a penalty low past Knightbridge into the bottom corner for 2-0.

James Ewington headed Michael Bryan’s cross wide from six yards, with Jackson dragging a shot wide of the far post after being played through down the other end.

A first of the season for James Dodd was to come just before the half-hour mark when he foud Reid with his back to goal on the edge of the area. The striker backheeled the ball back to the midfielder with his studs, and the Weston No.8 fired a first-time shot into the roof of the net past Knightbridge for 3-0.

Moore’s lob from halfway after turning on the ball dropped wide of the target, before Reid curled wide less than 60 seconds later as he worked a yard of space inside the Harrow area. Jackson side-footed an effort wide of the target after being played through by the influential Grubb.

Bryan fired over from the edge of the area as he cut inside onto his left, with Bastin’s curling shot wide of the target after latching onto a Humphries diagonal seeing Weston push for more. Harris was forced into action when Ewington found himself one-on-one and as he tried to round the keeper, Max stayed strong to tip the resulting shot wide for a corner.

Keiran Thomas had an effort deflected wide while on the counter, before Dodd had a shot pushed away by Knightbridge after Reid had latched onto a poor backpass and found the midfielder. Grubb then curled a shot wide of the far post after playing a one-two with Reid, before Knightbridge tipped a Jackson effort wide after the No.9 had time to turn inside the area.

An early chance less than 60 seconds into the half came for Weston when Grubb played Jackson through, but the striker’s shot on the slide was smothered by the onrushing Knightbridge. Grubb then had a shot from outside the area held by the Harrow keeper after he had intercepted a pass 30 yards from the Harrow goal.

Weston grabbed a fourth when following a half-cleared cross, Jagger-Cane won the second ball and laid it off to Grubb inside the Harrow D. His reverse pass to Jackson in acres of space inside the box freed the striker, who calmly placed his shot beyond Knightbridge at the near post.

Taylor Jones fired over a volley from a corner, while Grubb just poked past the post after beating his man out on the wing.

Substitute Ben Griffith was to get his first goal in a competitive game at The Optima when Watts’ corner from the right bounced across the face of goal, and the young striker headed in via the crossbar to make it five.

Less than 120 seconds later, the forward was celebrating his second. Humphries won the ball wonderfully on the edge of Weston’s area and played a perfect pass over the defence for Griffith to chase. With Knightbridge coming out to meet him, the youngster nodded his attempt over the Harrow shot-stopper and watched the ball bounce over the line for 6-0.

Watts was to get off the mark for the season with nine minutes remaining when fellow substitute Jay Murray laid the ball back into the winger’s path. Cutting onto his left foot, he drove a low effort across the keeper and into the far corner to round off a perfect afternoon for the Seagulls.

FT: Weston 7-0 Harrow (Grubb pen 6, pen 14, Dodd 28, Jackson 55, Griffith 77, 79, Watts 81)
Attendance: 701

Weston XI: Harris, Thomas (Murray 58), Tunnicliff, Jagger-Cane, Humphries, Jones, Dodd, Jackson, Grubb (C), Bastin (Watts 60), Reid (Griffith 69). Unused substitutes: Avery, Purnell.

MOTM: James Dodd