Weston Athletic faced Blakeney at home on Saturday in the North Gloucestershire Division 2. After an impressive performance last week they had been hoping for a win. But in the end they had to settle for a 2 – 2 draw thanks to a last minute equalizer from Keeper Dan Morris.
Weston kept the same starting 11 as last week, with Eli Wooding up front on his own, with support from Wes Downing and Lee Walker. The midfield trio of Paul Burnham, Steve Kittner and Chalky Robertshaw were once again put together. Luke Beard and Alex Malsom were filling in as full backs and Shaun Aston being paired with Wayne Husbands as the centre halves.
Weston started the game like a dream and found themselves one up after only five minutes. With their first attack of the game, Burnham whipped in a trademark corner kick which was met powerfully at the back post by Beard. He headed the ball back across goal to Kittner who added the finishing touch from close range to score. After such a frantic start to the game it started to settle down and by half time Weston was in the lead.
Weston started the second half a bit sloppy, although enjoying most of the ball. Their passing in the final third of the pitch was poor and chances were few and far between. However the back line were holding strong and never looked like conceding, until the 60th minute when to everyone's amazement, including the away team, the referee awarded a penalty. Blakeney's No 9 made no mistake to even up the scores. The dreadful penalty decision seemed to affect Weston's concentration and it was no surprise when they conceded again shortly after, when Blakeney's midfield was given too much space in the box. He finished well to put them 2 – 1.
Weston had been in control for so long but it looked like they were going to lose until, in the 90th minute, with time running out, Weston was awarded a corner.
Burnham put in an inch perfect cross which was met by Morris who glanced his header into the net to give Weston the goal they deserved. The Final whistle went soon with the scores tied at 2 – 2.
T R Yates Man of the Match – Dan Morris – a very unexpected scorer.