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Weston-super-Mare v Hartley Wintney

Weston-super-Mare 4 - 0 Hartley Wintney
03 Dec 2022 - 12:30The Optima Stadium

A Dayle Grubb hat-trick as well as a James Dodd strike from long range saw Weston beat visitors Hartley Wintney 4-0.

Sam Avery had the game’s first chance when he arrived late in the box to meet a Jordan Bastin cross at the near post, but headed over the bar.

The Seagulls were to get their first goal of the afternoon when Grubb was brought down just outside the area on the left-hand side. The skipper stepped up to the free-kick, and curled his effort round the wall toward Damian Niemczycki’s side, the shot nestled nicely in the corner of the goal to make it 1-0.

Marlon Jackson had a goal ruled out for offside after tucking in from Jason Pope’s low cross a few yards out, before the striker cut inside from the left and fired wide of the target. Paul Hodges had the first real opportunity for Hartley inside the box after Jonathan Efedje had kept the ball in play, but the visitors’ No.11 fired over.

A second goal followed for Weston not long after the half-hour mark when Bastin’s low cross was knocked away by a Hartley foot to Dodd 25 yards out, and his low shot on the left foot first-time beat Niemczycki for his second league goal of the campaign.

Jackson fired over from 25 yards after receiving Reid’s layoff, before Kingsley Eshun drove wide of the target from an acute angle inside the box.

Weston’s third was to come shortly before half-time when Jackson turned from a Lloyd Humphries pass inside the box and was brought down by a tug of the shirt from behind, the referee having no hesitation in pointing to the spot. Captain Grubb stepped up to the plate, and sent Niemczycki the wrong way with a low penalty into the bottom corner.

Grubb curled a free-kick from 30 yards wide of the target in the first action of the second half, before Avery’s header back across goal from a Grubb free-kick was caught by the Hartley keeper. Jackson had a chance when receiving the ball from Reid, feinting past his man to drive into the box but his shot was smartley saved by Niemczycki. Humphries also had a free-kick from 30 yards held by the keeper.

Grubb was to get himself a treble when he turned 30 yards out from a Jagger Cane pass, beat his man and traveled forward a couple of yards before firing his shot low across the keeper and into the bottom corner for his first hat-trick of the season.

Weston came close again when Jackson had a shot from outside the area palmed away by Niemczycki, before substitute Noah Coppin drove over the crossbar a few seconds later after picking up the loose ball just inside the area and beating a couple of men in his way.

Humphries had a couple of chances not long before the end, his first strike from 20 yards just swerving over the bar before a shot from 25 yards flew past the far post.

Weston held on to their clean sheet toward the end despite some Hartley Wintney pressure to see out the 4-0 win.

FT: Weston 4-0 Hartley Wintney (Grubb 12, pen 43, 69, Dodd 33)
Attendance: 615.

Weston XI: Harris, Pope, Laird, Jagger Cane, Humphries, Avery, Dodd (Murray HT), Jackson, Grubb (C) (Watts 74), Bastin, Reid (Coppin 74). Unused substitutes: Moulden, Purnell.

MOTM: Dayle Grubb.