In their second friendly fixture within a week Weston put in a good performance, this time against Plymouth Argyle , however lapses of concentration at the back led to Plymouth netting four against the Seagulls, with chances being scarce for the hosts throughout the game.
Kick-off was delayed by 15 minutes due to the Plymouth coach arriving late as a result of traffic. With play underway Plymouth started strongly and opened the scoring seven minutes in when Lionel Ainsworth crossed in towards the back post for Joel Grant, having recently completed a move from Plymouth’s Devon rivals Exeter, the new signing able to knock down for Ruben Lameiras who slammed home to break the deadlock.
Pilgrims striker Jake Jervis made it 0 – 2 on the quarter-hour mark, when Seagulls centre-back Jake Lee attempted to pass back to Luke Purnell only for Jervis to nip in behind and slot underneath the Weston shot-stopper for the second goal.
Jervis curled a shot onto the post from the edge of the box, before a first sight of goal for Weston’s captain Dayle Grubb ended in the arms of the Plymouth keeper.
Plymouth left-back Gary Sawyer curled onto the crossbar with his weaker foot as Weston continued to find themselves under pressure. A cross in from the wing by Oscar Threlkeld saw Jervis get ahead of his marker at the near post and toe-poke past Purnell, to see the sides go into the interval at 0 – 3 to the visitors.
Weston started the second half brightly, with Gethyn Hill nodding a Danny Greenslade cross narrowly wide and Grubb seeing a shot go inches past the post.
Purnell made an outstanding save from Antoni Sercevic, with the Pilgrim midfielder’s shot heading for the top corner, but Purnell palmed wonderfully wide with his right hand.
Grubb saw a one-on-one effort saved by Luke McCormick, but Nathan Blissett made it 4-0 moments from the end. Blissett diverted a curling effort from Plymouth right-back Miller into the back of the net with his head, to round off the day’s action.
FT: Weston 0 – 4 Plymouth (Lameiras 7, Jervis 15,41, Blissett 88)
MOTM: Jamie Laird – The centre-back made some excellent last-ditch challenges to prevent Plymouth from getting in behind, and deserves his award for today’s performance.