Weston served up a treat at the Woodspring Stadium, scoring four second-half goals to push visitors Eastbourne Borough aside.
Weston got off to an early start when Tristan Plummer beat his man on the outside, but saw his resultant shot palmed aside by Bailey Vose. From the corner, captain Dayle Grubb whipped in a cracking corner, with left-back Danny Greenslade steaming in and powering home a header to get the afternoon’s goalscoring underway.
Weston almost got another goal from a set-piece as Cane flicked on a Greenslade corner, only for Vose to stop the effort with an outstretched arm. Plummer almost made it two just before the break, but his side-footed effort went wide from Ash Harper’s cut-back.
Grubb had a deflected shot gathered at the second attempt by Vose, before Eastbourne hit back two minutes before half-time. A cross came into the box from the right, with it being half-cleared. Winger Gavin McCallum had a clear sight of goal, and he fired a volley into the corner beyond Purnell’s outstretched glove.
Following the break, the Seagulls continued to attack with real purpose and from a Eastbourne corner, they countered. Grubb picked out Jacob Cane, who touched through for Plummer. The Gogglebox star beat three men to get into the box, but a combination of Vose and post turned the ball away from danger temporarily.
The Seagulls got their second just past the hour mark. A Grubb free-kick was palmed into the crowd of players by Vose, and prolific striker Hill was ahead of Weston centre-back Harvey Smith to blast the ball home from close range.
A third followed shortly afterwards, with Grubb getting on the score-sheet. Cutting inside onto his stronger right foot, his effort was too strong for Vose to handle. From kick-off, Grubb pounced on the ball like a cat to a mouse and once he does that, everyone knew what was coming. Once onto his right foot, the winger stuck the ball into the bottom corner for 4-1 and to put him one clear atop the league’s goalscorer list.
Weston refused to lie down, in the 74th minute Grubb once again charged towards goal. Shifting the ball onto his left foot, shooting across goal, a waiting Hill slid in to prod home from a couple of yards, with the beaming smile on his face saying it all.
The home side almost got a sixth when Grubb charged at the defence. As space opened up, he poked in substitute Irnti Rapai, faced with the one-on-one chance but prodding straight at the keeper.
Eastbourne came close to reducing the deficit when a cross was met by the head of sub Charlie Harris, but his powerful header was expertly palmed away by Purnell.
FT: Weston 5-1 Eastbourne (Greenslade 7, Hill 61,74, Grubb 67,68-McCallum 43)
Weston XI: Purnell, Harper (Welch 80), Greenslade, Cane, Pope, Smith, Lee, Diallo, Hill (Kington 76), Grubb(C), Plummer(Rapai 69). Unused substitutes: Laird, Reid.
MOTM: Dayle Grubb – Terrorised the Eastbourne defence with his direct dribbling and added two excellent goals to his tally, which take him to the top of the league’s goal-scoring charts.