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Weston-super-Mare v Swindon Supermarine

Weston-super-Mare 3 - 1 Swindon Supermarine
27 Sep 2022 - 19:45The Optima Stadium

In a come-from-behind victory, goals from Reuben Reid, Dayle Grubb and Marlon Jackson saw the Seagulls win 3-1 against visitors Swindon Supermarine.

Jackson had the game’s first shot when he turned 25 yards from goal on a Jacob Jagger-Cane, but fired a low effort the wrong side of the post.
Supermarine were the ones to break the deadlock however when Ryan Campbell slipped James Harding in behind. The experinced striker took the ball round the onrushing Max Harris and slotted in from a tight angle to put the visitors 1-0 up.

Harding was unable to direct a Campbell cross on target as Supermarine pushed forward in search of a second, while Lloyd Humphries’ overhead kick dropped wide of the target after he had intercepted a pass out of the visiting defence and found Jackson out on the wing. Connor Johns could comfortably deal with a Reid overhead kick from a Jordan Bastin corner, catching the attempt in his gloves.

The Seagulls were to draw level right on the stroke of half-time though when Scott Laird picked up on a loose pass 25 yards from the Supermarine goal. Cutting inside onto his right foot, he fed Reid into the box who had peeled away from his marker, and the experienced striker took one touch before slotting through the legs of Johns.

There would still be one last chance in the half for Weston when Laird got the ball 20 yards out and stung the palms of Johns, with Bastin firing the rebound over in the last kick of the half.

It only took the Seagulls four minutes into the second half to find themselves ahead, when Reid brought down a long Harris kick and fed skipper Grubb into the box. The winger took the ball onto his left foot and confidently fired across Johns into the bottom corner to make it 2-1.

Harding fired over from outside the box when the ball dropped to him, before Humphries drove wide from 30 yards after intercepting a pass inside the Supermarine half.

The Seagulls were to make the game safe 15 minutes before the end when Humphries got the ball just inside the Supermarine half and drove forward, his shot from 25 yards being pushed back out into the centre by Johns. Jackson had time to compose himself, and he fired beyond the helpless keeper from 12 yards first-time to put Weston 3-1 up.

With the game nearing an end, Harris was called into action to acrobatically push a Harding header from a few yards out round the post for a corner, while Jackson forced Johns into a save from a powerful 25-yard piledriver as he turned outside the box.

Substitute Elis Watts then had the game’s final effort as he cut onto his left 18 yards out and saw Johns stop the attempt at the near post, with debutant academy graduate Brandon Bak just unable to reach the rebound ahead of a defender.

FT: Weston 3-1 Swindon Supermarine (Reid 45, Grubb 49, Jackson 76 – Harding 10)

Weston XI: Harris, Laird (Tunnicliff 53), Jagger-Cane, Humphries, Avery, Murray, Dodd, Jackson, Grubb (C), Bastin (Watts 80), Reid (Bak 90+2). Unused substitutes: Purnell, Moulden.

MOTM: Lloyd Humphries.