Jake Mawford returned to The Woodspring Stadium in style on Saturday, emerging from the bench to score an 84th minute winner against fellow strugglers Margate.
The Seagulls were in control throughout, with Luke Purnell being rarely tested, but it seemed a winner couldn’t be found for the home side after numerous chances were passed up.
But the addition of Mawford in the second half, rejuvenated by a successful spell at Southern League strugglers Paulton Rovers, proved to be crucial.
The mercurial forward drifted over to the right flank with just over five minutes to play, gaining possession from Sekani Simpson. From there, Mawford picked out Dayle Grubb on the cusp of the penalty area in a central position, who demonstrated his class by turning and taking four Margate players out of the game one perfectly weighted pass.
Mawford was clean through, but there was plenty to do on his weaker foot at an increasingly tight angle, but the fan-favourite managed to find the desired contact, beating the ‘keeper and finding the bottom corner.
The celebrations were jubilant, the utter devastation of Easter Monday’s loss to Bath City had been cast aside.
Results elsewhere added to the excitement – essentially all of Weston’s realistic relegation rivals were defeated. There is fresh enthusiasm in the Seagulls’ quest to beat the drop.