Weston revive their play-off hopes with victory against leaders
WESTON regained sixth spot in the Blue Square South by overcoming leaders Welling as they bounced back from last week's home defeat to Dover Athletic.
They were strengthened by the return of influential central defender Matt Villis, but had to play the final ten minutes with ten men after Jamie Laird was shown a second yellow card.
Despite a good start by the home side, Welling soon got going, forcing a couple of corners in quick succession. The visitors also created the game's first chance when Jake Gallagher forced a smart save from keeper Lloyd Irish on ten minutes with a close-range snap shot.
Weston were awarded a penalty on 36 minutes when top scorer Ross Stearn was tripped by Welling's Joe Healy, but Stearn fired wide from the spot.
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Weston broke the deadlock a minute before the interval when, from Dayle Grubb's third corner, Laird scored from close range.
Minutes into the second half, Grubb, pictured, had an effort cleared off the Welling line with goalkeeper Sam Mott beaten. At the other end minutes later, Gallagher had the ball in the Weston net, but was denied by an offside flag.
Irish was in action, flinging himself to his left to turn player-manager Jamie Day's free-kick round his post and later denied skipper Lee Clarke's close-range header from another Day free-kick.
Down to ten men, Weston were on the defensive, but in a breakout in added-on time, substitute Chas Hemmings put Grubb through to outpace the defence and seal Weston's 12th win of the campaign.