Weighton aim for full-strength team

HED Cup

Market Weighton.............................................................4

Eastern Raiders................................................................0

On Thursday, Weighton entertained Eastern Raiders from Goole in the HED cup. Recent encounters with Raiders have proved to be feisty affairs and require a strong referee and this game continued with this trend.

Coach John Girling was boosted by the return of Hardcastle, Nicholson and Hutchinson, making his first start since pre-season, and was able to field nearly a full-strength side.

The game started at a frantic pace on a rock hard pitch with Weighton getting the best of the early play. With Hutchinson dominating in defence with Alan Jones, Weighton were able to dominate posession and were soon rewarded when Jack Lewis put Hardcastle through to shoot past a stranded Raiders keeper.Whilst Raiders started to create a few chances of their own, the defence of Das Hobson, Hutchinson, Jones and Keith Aconley were rarely under pressure. David O’Connor stunned the travelling supporters with a vicious left-foot shot from outside the box which nearly broke the back of the net, if not the Raiders hearts.

Going in at half time with a 2-0 lead, Weighton were in complete control and a number of Raiders players received yellow cards for constant foul and abusive language towards the referee. With the second half underway, shots from Luke Cox and Lewis both went close before a cross from Lewis found the head of O’Connor who, under pressure, managed to guide in his second and Weighton’s third. By now Raiders were a thoroughly beaten team and their situation was further worsened when they lost a player for a violent tackle for which he was red-carded.

Coach Girling then brought on Scott Silburn as a stand-in striker, who impressed the crowd with his lightning pace and close ball control. Hardcastle then rounded off a good all-round Weighton team performance when he scored his second, latching on to a through ball from O’Connor.

This was an excellent performance by Weighton against a very physical team and they proved that when coach Girling is able to field a full-strength team they can beat the best. It is frustrating that this is not usually possible.

East Riding County League - Division Three

South Cave........................................................................4

Market Weighton..............................................................2

Returning to league action, Weighton travelled the short distance to South Cave, boosted by Thursday’s performance, however with a starting line-up which showed seven changes.

With this amount of disruption, Weighton not surprisingly struggled early on, on a small pitch facing a strong wind.

South Cave made good use of the conditions, Weighton’s disjointed play and a number of mistakes at the back to score three goals in the first half.

Playing with the wind in the second half, Weighton created plenty of chances and pulled back two goals through David O’Connor and were pressing for an equaliser when a South Cave break away resulted in Tom Morford bringing down a Cave player in the penalty area. With Cave converting the chance, the fightback was over.

Weighton, despite fielding a makeshift side, can count themselves unlucky not to leave with at least a point following three Neil Watt free kicks hitting the woodwork, with the keeper stranded on each occasion.

Once again, and this is the story of Weighton’s season to date, this was a game they should have won if a full-strength side was available to the coach. Promotion is still a possibility but the players have to regularly commit. It would be an absolute shame if, this season, Weighton failed to fulfil their potential.