High Flying Seagulls Targeting Playoffs
Weston-Super-Mare manager Craig Laird believes the playoffs are a real possibility after seeing his side thrash Farnborough.
If there was any proof needed that the game is indeed a game of two halves, then The Seagulls 5-2 victory over Farnborough was just that, with all seven goals coming in the first half at the Woodspring Stadium. The 422 strong crowd bore witness to a bizarre first half, and it was the visitors who opened the scoring when Connolly smashed home in the 15th minute, but nobody expected what was to follow. Man of the Match Sahr Kabba grabbed a 9-minute hat trick with three finely taken strikes, with a Nat Pepperell penalty also squeezed in the action. A stunning effort from Bennett reduced the margin for Farnborough, but a minute later, Seagulls captain, Ben Kirk, drove home from the edge of the area after being teed up by the on form Kabba. The second half was a much more sombre affair, with neither keeper called into action, and The Seagulls claimed a 5-2 victory over last seasons Play-Off finalists, ensuring an unbeaten start to 2012 and a sniff of making the Play-Offs themselves.
Speaking after the game, manager, Craig Laird said: “As management, you can’t ever be too happy with that first half. It was played too open, and was too much ‘you try and score, now we’ll try and score’, it wasn’t real football. Saying that, it provided great entertainment for the fans, and we sorted ourselves out in the second half and got the win. But credit to the players, they got us into a winning position and won the game.”
Sahr Kabba was instrumental for all five goals and Laird was keen to urge the same more often from the nippy forward, he said, “He did very well, and took his goals well, but he needs to produce it more consistently. Every one at the club knows what a talent he is, but if he could do it every game or every other game, it would be fantastic.”
The Seagulls are still amongst a large number of clubs with play-off ambitions this season, and an unbeaten start to 2012 has added fuel to talk of a play-off surge from fans around Weston. Laird said, “Play-offs are definitely still a possibility. We know we are good enough to beat anybody on our day. We’re hoping to pick up some more points against Basingstoke and Welling this week, but we know we can’t always beat the teams above us. Everyone in the top eight will take points off each other from now until the end of the season, so it’s making sure you pick up maximum points against the sides in 11th and 12th. They’re the games that make the difference.”
Another large attendance was drawn to the Woodspring Stadium for the game, almost double from when Craig Laird first took over at the club, and the manager paid tribute to the rise in interest.
Laird said, “It was another great attendance and the players really raise their game when more and more people are there. It’s great for the town, club and everyone involved to have a club everyone is proud of once again, but it’s down to a lot of people’s work going hand in hand that has helped make this happen.”
“We have the Facebook and Twitter pages, posters scattered around the town and the new newsletter which all help draw people’s attention to what we are doing down here then it’s up to us and the players to convince them to keep coming back.”
The Seagulls have two more home games this week, firstly with the visit of Basingstoke Town on the 10th, quickly followed by highflying Welling United on the 14th.
Many thanks to Richard Clark, the Press Officer at Weston, for this interview and report. All the relevant links for Weston are below.
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