3 Feb 2020 First Team Match Reports
RAMS EARN MUCH NEEDED POINT
BEACONSFIELD TOWN 2 WESTON SUPER MARE 2
RAMS MAN OF THE MATCH: James Taylor
An entertaining game at Holloways Park saw Beaconsfield and Weston Super Mare have to settle for a point each when both sides will feel they did enough to win the game.
Rams boss Gary Meakin, celebrating his 200th game as Manager, ‘shuffled his pack’ with Hafed Al-Droubi coming in in goal, Kezie Ibe returning up front and Aaron Minhas making a welcome return to the bench after a long spell out.
The home side threatened first with a seventh minute Luke Neville header frantically cleared off the Weston line. In truth though, the first half hour saw both sides guilty of over playing and wasting possession when well placed. That changed on 32 minutes when Louis Stead sent in a cross / shot that eluded everyone to end up in the Weston goal.
Weston were almost level four minutes later when a goal bound Michael Symons header was brilliantly cleared by the outstanding James Taylor. On 40 minutes Stead went on another of his jinking runs, evading some frantic Weston challenges but his final shot flew just wide – would have been a goal of the season contender if it had gone in!
The second half was only a minute old when the lively Lloyd Humphries crashed an effort against The Rams bar and a clearly riled up visiting side should have equalized on 54 minutes when Nick McCootie sent a header over when well placed.
Sixty seconds later James Ewington broke through, rounded keeper Luke Purnell and shot towards the empty goal only to see his effort bounce back of the post to safety. Weston went straight up the other end and Sam Hendy let loose a fierce effort that was well saved by Al-Droubi. The equalizer soon followed, however, as Chris Knowles was allowed time at the edge of the area to fire past The Rams keeper.
On 64 minutes a cross from Mayowa Balogun was met by Charlie Losasso but his header flew over – sixty seconds later Weston took the lead as a break down the left saw a decent cross met by the head of Bradley Ash and his effort evaded the efforts of Al-Droubi.
Recent games have seen The Rams rue creating and missing chances and this game seemed to be following that pattern until the 74th minute when a goal bound Louis Stead shot was handled on the line by Scott Laird. He received a red card for his efforts and then saw Losasso calmly slot the resulting penalty home to draw The Rams deservedly level.
Apart from another fine save by Al-Droubi to keep out an 80th minute shot by Ash there was little further goal mouth action and both sides had to be content with a point apiece.
Weston sit comfortably in mid table whilst The Rams are still in the drop zone with games in hand. Turning those games into much needed points is now the challenge.
Come On You Rams
- Hafed Al-Droubi
- Callum Webb
- Mayowa Balogun
- James Taylor
- Luke Neville
- Jordan Ajanlekoko
- Louis Stead
- Ade Shokunbi (Sub: 16 Cheyce Grant, 79)
- Kezie Ibe (Sub: 15 Aaron Minhas, 88)
- James Ewington
- Charlie Losasso
Subs Not Used:
- Wes Daly
- Myles Bowman (G/K)
- Jon-Jo Bates
WESTON SUPER MARE
- Luke Purnell
- Sam Hardy
- Dan Martin
- Scott Laird
- Aaron Parsons
- Sam Avery
- Lloyd Humphries
- Chris Knowles
- Michael Symons
- Nick McCootie © (Sub: 12 James Waite, 77)
- Bradley Ash
Subs Not Used:
- Isaac Pearce
- Jack Goodall
- Ryan Jones
Manager: Scott Bartlett
Ref: Tom Fell
Asst Refs: Conor Griffin / Tolga Inanc