Report - Weston-s-Mare 0 - 5 Wealdstone
Wealdstone swept past seaside Seagulls with a 5-0 win on Tuesday night in particularly trying conditions
A brace from Simon Mensah accompanied by goals from Connor Stevens, Tarryn Allarakhia and Christian Smith, secured a convincing win for the Stones at Weston-super-Mare.
The game could not have started any better for the away side, it took just six minutes for midfielder Simon Mensah to break the deadlock when his deflected edge-of-the-box strike found the net via the post.
Weston reacted positively to going behind, a dangerous free-kick from Jennison Myrie-Williams on seven minutes was well-cleared by Stones striker David Pratt.
The game began to settle down but a with the blustery wind and rain it meant both sides struggled somewhat in the conditions.
Myrie-Williams was causing problems on the right-hand side, he cut onto his left foot and struck a goal-ward shot which was caught by Jonathan North on the 28th minute.
Shot stopper North was called into action again just five minutes later when a left-footed pile-driver from Gethyn Hill was batted away by the Welsh goalkeeper.
Wealdstone were able to soak up the Seagulls pressure before doubling their lead when a left-footed Danny Green corner was met powerfully by Connor Stevens in the 37th minute.
Jake Lee almost responded well for the Seagulls just before half-time, the long-range effort went just wide of North’s far post.
The Stones had secured a two-goal lead going into the half-time interval in North Somerset.
Bobby Wilkinson would have been pleased with how the Stones were able to take their key chances in the first period while still being able to remain compact in defence.
Weston manager Marc McGregor decided to bring on Marlon Jackson to replace Getyhn Hill.
It took just two minutes of the second half for Weston full-back Jason Pope to see his shot go into the side-netting.
Mensah was able to double his goal tally just seven minutes into the second half when he calmly converted a loose ball low into the corner of the net after some excellent set-up play by Smith and Pratt.
Crawley loanee Tarryn Allarakhia then got himself on the score-sheet just after the hour mark when he latched on a defence-splitting pass from Christian Smith with a smart finish past Purnell at his near-post.
Pope had another long-distance effort on goal in the 64th minute but was easily claimed by North.
Wealdstone were able to silence the Seagulls for most of the second half, stopping any potential counter-attacks from the home side.
With just under 15 minutes to go and the Stones were awarded a penalty.when Mensah was clumsily-fouled by Purnell in the box Christian
Smith placed the spot-kick and slammed it past the statuesque Purnell
Alex Bray latched onto a Naby Diallo cross with five minutes to go but could only find the hands of a confident North.
Efforts from Seagulls substitutes Eli Phillips and George Nurse in the final few minutes were lacking the target to secure North’s clean sheet.
The Stones remain in 8th place but are now two points behind a play-off place.
Wealdstone: North, Tyler,Grant, Stephens, Okimo, Poku, Allarakhia,Mensah, Pratt, Green, Smith. Subs Sheppard, Brown, Mckeown (used) Patterson (unused)
Report by Dec O’Reilly
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