Proud Of The Response
The Seagulls ensured that it was four hard earned points from two games as they followed their 1-1 away draw at high flying Dartford on the weekend by picking up maximum points at home to Staines Town in a 2-1 victory on a cold Tuesday evening at the Woodspring Stadium.
Weston gave themselves all the work to do after going behind from a Nwokeji header just before the half time whistle and moments after Nat Pepperell saw his penalty saved, which he won himself after being tripped by Staines goalkeeper, Shaun Allaway.
A much better second half performance from The Seagulls though ensured that the much needed three points were sealed after Man of the Match, Dayle Grubb’s free kick evaded everyone and found the far corner after 71 minutes and 10 minutes from time, Sahr Kabba’s electrifying pace got him away from the defence before a clever flick over Allaway to nudge the Seagulls in front.
Speaking after Tuesday nights game, Manager, Craig Laird praised the character and nature of the response in the second half that ensured victory,
Laird said, “I thought our response and character in the second half was good. We were poor in the first half and they came at us from the off and too be honest we took a big of a battering.”
“We got ourselves back in the game towards the end of the first half, and ironically their goal probably game against the run of play in the end.”
“Overall though I think we played well and probably worth the three points, and they were a big three points for us.”
As Jamie Price starts a spell on the sidelines through a mixture of unavailability and suspension and Matt Villis picked up a knock on Saturday, academy duo Tom Seely and Jory Cureton were brought straight into the squad with the former starting.
Laird said, “I thought Tom did very well. He had a bit of a nervous start but he grew into the game and overall was very solid.”
“He’s a young lad with great potential and hopefully a great future with us, but Jamie (Price) is a hard player to get in front of in the squad, he scores goals and fans always want to see him play, but it’s up to Tom to keep working hard.”
There was good news though as Laird confirmed Villis will be back to face Maidenhead United on Saturday.
Laird also opened the lid on a new signing. “Hopefully he will be in the squad on Saturday, but we don’t want to announce who he is until we’ve crossed the t’s and dotted the I’s.”
Up next for The Seagulls is another home tie with Maidenhead United in the Blue Square South on Saturday afternoon at the Woodspring Stadium. 3pm Kick Off.
A huge thank you to Richard Clark, Weston’s Press Officer, for sending me the interview for use on Under The League. This will hopefully be the first in a roughly weekly event.