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Laird Left Feeling Aggrieved

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It was a case of won one, lost one after the two Blue Square Bet South encounters over the Bank Holiday weekend….

….programme for Weston-super-Mare after a 2-0 win at home to Salisbury City and a 2-1 loss away at the hands of Eastleigh.

On the Saturday, the Seagulls put in a sound performance against a Salisbury side that had started the season relatively too strong, and the performance was worthy of the 2-0 scoreline.
On the Monday, another strong performance was unfortunately not enough as Weston succumbed to a 2-1 loss away at Eastleigh.

A Nat Pepperell penalty after Kane Ingram was brought down and a solo effort from Sahr Kabba was enough to ensure a comfortable victory over Salisbury after a stalemate first half.

The Seagulls took the lead against Eastleigh early on after Chris Young pounced to smash home inside the area, but two first half goals from Eastleigh took the game into half-time with the Seagulls 2-1 behind.

It was a case of backs to the wall for Eastleigh in the second half as Weston mounted attack after attack and after a controversial penalty decision went against Kabba after taking the ball round the Eastleigh keeper, it appeared that it was not going to be the Seagulls day.

Speaking after the Eastleigh match, manager, Craig Laird said: “It’s not very often you come away from a match feeling aggrieved and let down by the officials.

“As a coaching team and as a group of players we always try and look at ourselves first and what we could have done better.

“We’ve done a lot of good things on and off the ball but feel that the big decisions went against us and cost us.

“To have a goal disallowed for offside, and then to have a goal allowed for a blatant offside is a bitter pill to swallow. On top of that, to then have two justified penalty claims turned down makes it even harder to take.

“Putting that aside we should have got back to 2-2 when we missed an open goal and several other good opportunities to get back into the game, and to take any referee decisions out of it.

“We cannot blame the ref for these poor misses. But we must be pleased with the performances of the last four games, compared to where we were last season. A lot more positives on our side, and if we carry on playing like that we will win more games than we will lose.

“We would like to thank the travelling support once again, and they must be as frustrated as us.”

Next up for Weston is a home tie at the Woodspring Stadium against Boreham Wood on Saturday, 3rd September, which is the official `Non-League Day`.

As part of `Non-League Day Weston are offering all season ticket holders of both Bristol City and Bristol Rovers a chance to gain entry into the ground for a discounted £8 admission price on showing the their season ticket.

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