Rangers Raid Stuns Seagulls
For the second time in the space of a week, Weston-super-Mare were stung by a late goal to condemn them to an agonising defeat, making it three losses on the spin for Ryan Northmore’s side as they fell 1-2 to playoff-pursuers Concord Rangers.
The Seagulls thought they might have salvaged a deserved point when Jordan Tillson forced home an equaliser inside the final five minutes, but they were denied a draw when Steve King climbed highest from a corner deep into added time to head the winner, sending the points the way of the Essex outfit.
Northmore, still hindered by an injury crisis that has shackled key players to the sidelines, made two changes to the team that was stunned by Basingstoke Town on Tuesday evening, with Jake Mawford and Aaron Brown replacing Jamie Edge and George King in midfield.
Weston dictated possession in the first half, but passed up a number of chances to open the scoring.
On eleven minutes, versatile midfielder Jacob Cane found himself staring down the goalkeeper, but his effort was too close Josh Vickers, who got down well to clutch the ball at the second attempt.
Cane was involved again on thirty-four minutes, sweeping the ball in behind for Jamie Lucas charge through on goal, but the Welshman’s left-footed strike was saved by the legs of Vickers.
Lucas had the goal in his sights again five minutes prior to the interval, Bradley Ash providing the pass this time, but the Bristol Rovers loanee prodded just wide with the keeper beaten.
The Seagulls were to regret their first half wastefulness, with the Rangers taking the lead ten minutes after the break, as Talyor Miles snuck off his wing to maraud through the Weston defence, lashing past Purnell into the bottom corner.
The home side did maintain their composure however, continuing to stroke the ball around with aplomb, though they lacked the penetration they were able to achieve in the first period.
Their endeavour was rewarded five minutes from time, with the Seagulls earning a free-kick deep in Concord territory after second-half substitute Ollie Watkins was bundled over near the corner-flag. Aaron Brown’s whipped delivery from the set-piece was opportunistically diverted into the net by on-loan Exeter City defender Jordan Tillson to level the score at one apiece.
But for all their control, Weston were to be denied a deserved point late on. Deep into added time, Sam Collins’ over-hit cross was miraculously kept alive by Jay Dowie, flicking the ball high into the air. Lofty defender Steve King was able to rise highest, perhaps utilising the shoulders of the defender beneath him, to head the winner from six yards, though there was some controversy as the assistant referee appeared to have given a foul, but the goal was eventually awarded, dealing a second late knockout to the Seagulls in consecutive games when their performance perhaps merited more.
Final Score: Weston-super-Mare AFC 1-2 Concord Rangers(Tillson; Miles, King)
Weston Starting XI: Purnell, Mitchell, Tillson, Mawford (McClennan), Brown, Fortune, Cane (Watkins), Ash (Edge), Lucas, Grubb, Llewellyn.
Substitutes: (Not used) King, Sneddon-Coombes.
Man of the Match: Match sponsors Pulse Radio awarded Man of the Match to Aaron Brown, who had an effective game in midfield, both in maintaining and distributing possession.