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Yate Town v Weston-super-Mare

Yate Town 0 - 4 Weston-super-Mare
22 Nov 2022 - 19:45Universal Components Stadium

Goals from Reuben Reid, Jacob Jagger-Cane, Sam Avery and Alfie Moulden saw Weston beat Yate Town away 4-0 and return to the Southern League Premier South summit.

Jordan Bastin had the game’s first attempt 11 minutes in when skipper Dayle Grubb played him in, but the angle was too acute for the winger and his shot across goal flashed wide of the target.

The Seagulls were to go 1-0 up from a set-piece however, when Grubb’s delivery was flicked on by Scott Laird at the front post and striker Reid was on hand to stab in with his studs from a yard out.

Grubb curled wide of the target from 18 yards after Laird had won the ball in the Yate box and laid it off to him, before the captain’s cross-shot across goal just missed the waiting Avery after a clearance had been brought down by the No.10. Yate keeper Martin Horsell was then forced into a save when Grubb flicked a pass through for Bastin six yards out, the home custodian making himself big and denying the left winger with his foot.

Weston thought they had themselves a second when Bastin got in down the left side of the box and his shot across goal was deflected into the path of Reid who tucked in, but the linesman’s flag was up and the celebrations were cut short.

James Dodd then had an opportunity from 18 yards following Reid’s layoff, but he couldn’t keep his effort down and it flew over the bar first-time.

Weston grabbed a second on the stroke of half-time when Laird got the ball 18 yards out. Taking on a couple of men, he slipped the pass into the box right into the stride of Jagger-Cane, who drilled an effort across the keeper Horsell first-time for his first goal of the season.

In the second period, Grubb had a left-footed shot from inside the area deflect behind for a corner following Jason Pope’s pull-back.

From the corner, Weston were to get a third when Grubb’s short corner to Laird saw the left-back find the midfielder in return. Cutting inside like he so often does, he curled an attempt toward goal which Horsell tipped onto the post but centre-back Avery was on hand to slot in first-time and make it 3-0 ten minutes after half-time.

Laird came close to getting his name on the scoresheet when Grubb’s free-kick delivery found him inside the box, but the defender’s downward header was pushed away by Horsell. Grubb then jinked into the box following a 1-2 with Reid, but his shot toward the bottom corner on his left foot dribbled past the far post.

In a rare attack, Yate struck the crossbar when Zach Drew cut in from the left and struck the crossbar from the edge of the area.

Weston were to seal the game through substitute Alfie Moulden however, who got his first league goal of the season. Grubb drove at the heart of the Yate defence and when Callum Wood put a challenge in, the ball deflected off of Grubb’s foot right into Moulden’s path. The substitute took his time as he advanced on goal, calmly firing past Horsell from inside the box and into the corner for 4-0.

Backed by a large number of traveling supporters, Weston calmly saw the game out and withstood the Yate pressure to take all three points back down the M5 and move above Truro City in the table.

FT: Yate 0-4 Weston (Reid 19, Jagger-Cane 45, Avery 55, Moulden 85)
Attendance: 350.

Weston XI: Harris, Pope, Laird, Jagger-Cane, Humphries, Avery, Murray, Dodd, Grubb (C) (Griffith 89), Bastin (Moulden 70), Reid (Coppin 81). Unused substitutes: Watts, Purnell,

MOTM: Jacob Jagger-Cane.