Match Report - Weston-Super-Mare - Home
Devlin (pen), Bewntley, Gyebi
Poole, at the half way point of the season, finally registered their first home win against Weston-Super-Mare.
Poole dominated the first half with only Weston’s captain, Grubb, looking a real threat. On 12 minutes a strong run saw Neale with a chance but the ball got stuck under his feet. 4 minutes later Bentley made a strong run down the left and was taken down by Weston’s keeper, Purewell. After a lengthy delay for injury, Devlin stepped up to neatly convert the penalty on 21 minutes. All the chances in the first half were to Poole. They doubled their lead just before half time when Weston carelessly gave the ball away in their half with Poole capitalising and Bentley taking his time before strongly finishing. Weston played a very negative first half, constantly passing back to their keeper with only Grubb showing any impetus.
However, Weston were like a different team in the second half – full of pace and attacking football. Poole spent most of the half defending – which they did very well although they also rode their luck. Within 2 minutes of the restart both Bentley and Grubb missed great chances. From the wing, Bedford cut the ball back to Bentley who skied his shot. A minute later the ball was at the other end and found Grubb centrally who blasted over. Thereafter it was nearly all Weston but the best they could do was force a couple of good saves from Hutchings with other efforts going wide. On 78 minutes on the counter Bentley found Moore whose fierce shot was well saved by Purewell. Against the run of play Poole got their third on 88 miuntes from a counter attack with the ball slotted through to loanee substitute Gyebi who with only his second touch controlled the ball well before neatly finishing in the corner. Weston got their deserved goal at the death when Hill finished well from a central position.
Poole showed really good defensive qualities in the second half but if Weston had got an early goal it could have been a different outcome.
Poole remain in the relegation zone but 3 valuable points keeps them in touch with the teams above.
Match report by Peter Leppington.