Seagulls swoop after Bluebells see Red
By Gary Davis
Weston (the Seagulls) seize the advantage after a crucial sending-off
The away side started the more lively but the first real chance came the way of the hosts as a deflected free-kick brought out a superb reflex save from Mason Hawkins down by his near post before a set-piece on the opposite flank ended with a scoring header at the far post. 1-0
Eliis Kow fired a raking pass to Joel Hall into space on the left, then received the return to see his shot blocked away as superiority in the contest ebbed and flowed. A home break from deep reached the area and a shot was pulled across the face of goal, before a loose ball was pinged against the base of the post as Weston looked to double their advantage.
Will Simmons, off-balance, headed over from Toby Walwin’s cross, before Kow again picked out Hall wide on the left. He cut back to fire in low goalwards and, as the Weston keeper parried, Reon Dawes was quickest to react to smuggle in the equaliser. As Yate stepped up their play in the last third, the home side broke centrally to shoot from distance. A deflection called Hawkins to go full length to tip the effort away at the post, before George Holland’s dipping drive forced the home stopper to flick the ball over.
After the break, the visitors had the balance of play and greater intensity for the first 20 minutes. Nathan Goodwin-Worrell, booked controversially in the first half, picked up a second yellow for a careless challenge, reducing Yate to 10 men. Worse still, the resulting free-kick took a wicked deflection up from the wall and the ball looped over the helpless Hawkins.
The away side were losing their composure and Maison Wilson pulled back the home striker to concede a spot-kick, well saved by Hawkins, only for the striker to pocket the rebound for 3-1. The damage could have been more as Weston were queuing up to score, but some hesitation and good blocking ended with a snatched shot that hit the woodwork.
A good, strong surge inside the box from Joey Martin-Tulloch brought a penalty as he was clipped by the keeper, which Kow despatched emphatically for 3-2 before deep into added time, Rahel Jafar was shown a straight red card for a mysterious off the ball incident.
Weston crushed Yate with a short spell of domination, immediately after the first sending-off, and although the visitors rallied to an extent, the hosts secure the victory in the end.