East Riding County League Cup
Market Weighton 1
Weighton entertained Leven from the second division again in the cup. Frustratingly Weighton had, as is often the case this season, a number of first team regulars out either injured or unavailable for a range of reasons.
With a number of players making their first team debut, coach John Girling knew his side from the start would have an uphill battle against a well-drilled team from a higher league.
Despite the odds against them, Weighton competed very well in the first half and were very unlucky to concede two goals before Jack Lewis was brought down in the Leven penalty area. The normally reliable Lewis then saw his penalty initially saved. However, the referee adjudged that it should be retaken and this time Lewis made no mistake.
With the half-time whistle blowing, Weighton went in a goal down but confident that they had had the better of the first half.
Once again Girling rallied his troops and Weighton started the second half the better, creating chances through Das Hobson, David O’Connor, Sean Roberts and Dave Longley. Somehow Leven managed to weather the storm and Weighton lost their chance to level the match.
With players understandably becoming tired, and the Weighton keeper Ben Lister having to leave the field with a leg injury, Dean Playforth moved into goal and managed to pull off a number of excellent saves. However, Leven’s well-honed team play came to the fore and towards the end of the half they scored a further two goals to make the score an unreflective 1-4.
This match summed up Weighton’s season to date. When a full squad is available, Weighton can give anyone a game and will often come out on top against higher-ranking opposition. However, all too often, coach Girling is faced with having to field a much-changed and under-strength side, which though competes manfully, will always struggle to gain a result.
There is no doubt Weighton can still gain promotion, but to do so they will need to ensure the whole squad is fit and available.