Weston held by Poole Town
The game finished 0-0 despite a strong performance from the Seagulls, leaving an air of frustration around the Woodspring Stadium.
Chances were limited in the first half for both sides, with both teams looking to retain possession and make the opposition work more than themselves.
However, in the 28th minute Weston had what would prove to be the best opportunity of the match. Joe McClennan fired in an inch-perfect cross that curled past the Poole defence and to the head of Jake Mawford, however his header drew a wonder save from Poole keeper Nick Hutchings to prevent what seemed like a certain goal.
The teams went into half time with nothing between them and with the score at 0-0.
The second half followed a similar pattern to the first, with both teams wanting to hold onto the ball for as long as possible. Despite this, Weston did have to deal with a goalmouth scramble following a Poole corner which was eventually cleared.
Eliot Richards came on to make his first competitive appearance for Weston and his energy and positivity was exciting to watch, he also seemed to add more urgency to the whole team.
The last 5 minutes saw relentless pressure from the home side, with shots on the edge of the box from Dayle Grubb and Richards forcing numerous corners that nearly ended with a goal.
Clayton Fortune came agonisingly close to scoring with the last kick of the game, Grubb’s corner causing havoc yet again and the ball fell to Fortune on the penalty spot, but his shot was well held by the diving goalkeeper.
The match ended with the Seagulls having to settle for the point, but still undefeated and still top of the National League South.
The Seagulls’ next match is at the Woodspring Stadium against Dartford FC on Saturday 20th of August. Kick-off 3pm
Official Attendance: 510
MOTM: Jake Mawford
Weston XI: Purnell, Simpson, Pope, Fortune (C), Williams, Kington, Dowling, Grubb, Mawford, McClennan (Richards 64), McCoulsky (Meechan 83)
Match Referee: Gary Parsons. Assistants: Lee Rutter & Martin Underhay.
Match report written by Liam Byrne.