East Riding County League - Division Three
Taking on promotion-chasing Goole-based side Eastern Raiders, coach John Girling was afforded the rare opportunity to field a full-strength side, give a debut to new defender Mark Buck and welcome back Will Nicholson.
Games against Raiders have always been keenly-contested affairs and they turned up hoping to take revenge on Weighton for a recent 4-0 thrashing in the Cup.
The game started with Weighton immediately taking control, but they were disappointed to see the referee disallow a David O’Connor goal for offside early on. However, this spurred on Weighton and, with Sean Roberts and Dean Playforth dominating the battle in central midfield, it wasn’t long before a pass from Luke Cox found O’Connor who blasted the ball into the net for Weighton’s first.
Weighton continued to dominate play and were rewarded with a free kick five yards outside the Raiders box which Jack Lewis expertly curled around the wall and past the agile Raiders keeper to make the score 2-0. Ten minutes before half time, Weighton deservedly scored their third when a pass from O’Connor sent Lewis through to score his second. With the half-time whistle blown, Weighton left the field with a well-deserved lead and in complete control.
The second half started in much the same pattern as the first, with Weighton dominating and, within 10 minutes, they were rewarded with a fourth when Playforth, who is known for delivering powerful shots at goal, volleyed past the keeper.
With the score 4-0, Raiders enjoyed a short spell of control as Weighton eased off and pulled two goals back before O’Connor scored his second with a well-placed header after latching on to a cross from Alan Jones.
In the last 10 minutes the game completely opened up and Raiders scored their third. However, Weighton replied immediately when Roberts found the back of the net with a bullet of a header from a Lewis corner.
With the final whistle blowing, Weighton had deservedly well beaten Raiders 6-3 and should have scored more based upon their total dominance of the game.
From back to front Weighton were superior to the opposition, with the back four of Das Hobson, Buck, Scott Silburn and Jones strong and aggressive. The midfield of Roberts, Playforth, Lewis and Cox dominated possession and provided quality service to the strikers of O’Connor and Nicholson who terrorised the defence of Raiders all afternoon.
Performances such as this show just how good a side Weighton is when all players are available and, with three games left, coach Girling is determined to finish the season in style.