Match Report - Weston-Super-Mare - Home
Poole faced a much improved Weston-Super-Mare team on a bitterly cold day at the Black Gold stadium. 2 goals at either end of the second half sealed victory for Poole.
The first half was a fairly even contest with few clear cut chances. Luke Roberts neat skill got him passed 2 defenders and his cross/shot hit the bar on 19 minutes. At the other end Grubb’s beautiful free kick struck the bar with none of Weston-Super-Mare’s strikers able to force in the rebound on 27 minutes. Devlin’s free kick evaded everyone and nearly sneaked in at teh back post. Not much else of note in the first half.
The second half was much more entertaining. Poole got off to the perfect start when Pettefer put Brooks through on the half way line; he travelled down the right wing, cut inside and unleashed a fierce left foot shot in to the corner of the net within 1 minute of the restart. Seen as a “stand in” stiker this was a real striker’s goal by Marvin – absoultely awesome. Poole pressed and dominated the opening few minutes with Brooks testing Purnell with a clever long range lob. Weston forced their way back in to the game and almost equalised when Chemal’s well struck shot hit the post with Ash forcing a good save from Hutchings on the follow up. Roberts and Burbidge both saw shots go just wide for Poole before Poole made certain of the 3 points on the 90th minute. Devlin switched the ball to Burbidge in oceans of space, he beat the keeper twice before netting for Poole’s second of the afternoon.
For a team down to the “bare bones” with Smeeton and Cooper added to the growing injury list, this was an impressive performance against a decent side. The defence was very strong – with Tallack and Whisken very impressive. In the midfield Pettefer and Devlin were dependable as ever. Brooks continues to do a fantastic role in the lone striker position. I have felt Burbidge’s form has dipped in recent games so was really pleased to see him score a nicely taken goal at the end of the game.
Match report by Peter Leppington