The Seagulls were in control throughout, with Luke Purnell being rarely tested, but it seemed a winner couldn’t be found for the home side after numerous chances were passed up.
But the addition of Mawford in the second half, rejuvenated by a successful spell at Southern League strugglers Paulton Rovers, proved to be crucial.
Mawford was clean through, but there was plenty to do on his weaker foot at an increasingly tight angle, but the fan-favourite managed to find the desired contact, beating the ‘keeper and finding the bottom corner.
The celebrations were jubilant, the utter devastation of Easter Monday’s loss to Bath City had been cast aside.
Results elsewhere added to the excitement – essentially all of Weston’s realistic relegation rivals were defeated. There was fresh enthusiasm in the Seagulls’ quest to beat the drop.