Beavers 'lacklustre and listless' in defeat to Seagulls
By Rob Overfield
Hampton never in the contest despite debut of Shamir Mullings
A lacklustre and listless Hampton side barely came to the party as they couldn't prevent the Seagulls earning a much needed three points to help ease their relegation plight.
Weston got the start they would have been hoping for in the 10th minute as Jake Lee picked up Mohamed Chemlal's pass to strike a shot past keeper Sam Howes from the corner of the box past his right hand and into the net.
5 minutes later the Seagulls nearly scored a second, but Kieran Murphy was able to get across and hack it clear off the line.
Chances were then at a premium for either side as Weston were comfortable in the first half, neither side seriously threatening the goals, Sam Howes being the slightly busier of the keepers as both Hampton and Weston resorted to long range efforts, the visitors being slightly more accurate as Howes had some easy catches to make.
After the break, the Beavers were somewhat more purposeful and they looked to have got the equaliser early in the second, forcing the ball past the Weston defenders on the line from a corner, but it was ruled out and Brendan Kiernan earning a booking for his trouble..
Despite Hampton's efforts, clear chances were scarce for themselves and for the Seagulls, the best for either side being the Beavers with Duncan Culley's half volley just over the bar on 80 minutes after Shamir Mullings had won a header.
With less than 5 minutes to go, Weston made certain of the win, scoring a second with Bradley Ash forcing the ball home from close range.
As time wound down, Hampton camped around the Weston box, attacking, but the thin white Weston line held firm to give them the points in what Beavers boss Alan Dowson, after the match, called a poor display.