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WSM v Eastbourne Boro

Weston super Mare 2 - 0 Eastbourne Borough
22 Apr 2017 - 15:00The Woodspring Stadium

In their final home game of the 2016/17 season, Weston ran out 2-0 winners over Eastbourne Borough. The visitors struggling to create many clear-cut chances, with Scott Bartlett’s Seagulls side controlling the game.

With changes to both the midfield and defence for the final home game of the season, it took Weston just 15 minutes to break Eastbourne down. Weston won a throw-in on the left, with Dayle Grubb & Danny Greenslade working the ball. Greenslade whipped the ball into the box towards Jake Reid, who bullied the defence throughout his time on the pitch, and the experienced striker stole in to flick the ball over the Eastbourne keeper as he attempted to catch the cross.

Looking to draw back level Gavin McCallum and Nat Pinney pushed Eastbournes first meaningful attack. Although Pinney’s shot was on target, Purnell denied him, tipping the ball over the bar.

Grubb curled a free-kick inches wide of the post moments later before Weston had a goal ruled out for offside with ten minutes to go before half-time. Once again, Reid flicked a header on to Jake Lee, who brought the ball down on his thigh and clipped the ball into the far corner, however he was adjudged to have been offside.

Weston doubled their lead a minute after the restart when Greenslade fed Dayle Grubb down the left-hand side of the box, whose resulting shot found its way underneath the keeper’s body and into the back of the net for the final goal the Woodspring Stadium will see of the 16/17 season.

Luke Purnell was called into action just before the hour mark when Eastbourne’s striker arrived, unmarked, at the back post but his header across goal was held well by the Seagull shot-stopper.

Ash Kington weaved his way into the box, however his shot was fired straight at the Eastbourne goalkeeper. Five minutes afterwards, Grubb saw a driven free-kick deflected over before Eastbourne also had a goal disallowed for offside.

With ten minutes to go, centre-back Aden Baldwin rose above the Eastbourne defenders to nod an attempt at goal from a Grubb corner before striker Lee attempted to place his shot into an empty net after substitute Brad Ash had rounded the keeper and set it back to him.

FT: Weston 2-0 Eastbourne (Reid 15, Grubb 47)

Weston XI: Purnell, Pope, Greenslade, Kington©, Baldwin, Barker, Wharton (Anderson 77), Cane, Reid (Ash 51), Grubb (Hill 89), Lee. Unused substitutes: Laird, Menayese.

MOTM: Ash Kington