Seagulls Travel South To Face Gosport
March’s run of matches for the Seagulls saw them play teams fighting for the title and playoff places. Weston, this weekend will now be aiming to put daylight between themselves and the relegation zone as they face the current bottom three teams, starting with Saturday’s trip to Gosport Borough.
Following Weston’s battling win over Brislington in the Somerset Premier Cup semi-final on Tuesday night, Scott Bartlett’s troops will have returning to winning ways on their agenda. Their recent league fixtures have resulted six straight harsh league defeats, with a win on Saturday the perfect opportunity to gain momentum.
Head Coach Scott Bartlett commented: “It is a bigger game than it should be. But if you had told me when I first came in we would be four points clear of relegation at this stage of the season, I would have taken it.
“But with the run we went on and the slip in our form, you can’t help be disappointed.
“It was good to get to a cup game under our belts. It was a tough game on a difficult pitch and the boys did well on Tuesday night.
He went on to add, “I still think we can go on and win most of our remaining games, but we have to put on a better performance than Saturday as by our standards that was poor.”
Gosport have been on a mini resurgence of late, winning two games out of their last four, with Weston’s rivals Bath City falling to the Boro’ in a 1-0 loss at Privett Park.
With the recent additions of defender Charlie Wassmer, goalkeeper Jonathan Miles and striker Nick Bignall from Maidenhead United, Ebbsfleet United and Hungerford Town respectively, Alex Pike will be looking toward his new recruits to help Gosport secure their place in the League.
The sides last met at the Woodspring Stadium, in a 1-1 draw last November. Jamie Bird, on loan from Cardiff, rattled the crossbar with a 25-yard free-kick, before Jacob Cane deflected Brad Ash’s shot into the net midway inside the second period. Gosport’s Chris Flood slotted in at the back post to claim a point.
However, the game will be remembered for two wonder saves from Lewis Watch, keeping out Ash’s toe-poke from point blank range and then acrobatically palming aside a Dayle Grubb effort with the goal gaping after rounding Watch to deny Weston all three points.