Stearn's pair has Seagulls flying
TWO goals by leading marksman Ross Stearn, pictured, propelled Weston-super-Mare into a Blue Square South play-off position as they extended their unbeaten sequence to five games.
They are ahead of Chelmsford on goal difference, but the Essex club have two games in hand.
After forcing an early corner, Weston were close to opening the scoring on five minutes when Ashley Kington's 35-yard piledriver came back off the angle of post and bar.
As Tonbridge tried to get into the game, ill-discipline up front saw them pulled back for offside.
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The visitors' best opportunity saw Frannie Collin go close from a free-kick.
Weston took the lead on 38 minutes when Martin Slocombe fed Kington, who split the visitors' defence with an exquisite pass that put Stearn through to score.
Just before the break, Tonbridge keeper Lee Worgan saved with his legs from Kayne McClaggon's low effort and the striker wasted a good chance by firing over from the rebound.
Early in the second half, Tonbridge showed more signs of life up front, but they failed to break down a superb Weston defence, with their only reward being a first corner that was easily cleared.
Weston's Dayle Grubb forced a good save from Worgan with a free-kick, before the Seagulls scored again on 68 minutes.
McClaggon burst through the defence, but again Worgan saved with his legs. This time, Stearn picked up the rebound, beat the remaining Tonbridge defender and found the net easily.
Tonbridge thought they had pulled a goal back on 78 minutes when Chris Piper headed past home keeper Lloyd Irish, but their celebrations were cut short by another offside flag.