Heartbreak for Weston-super-Mare as FA Cup dream ends after last-gasp goal

PUBLISHED: 16:46 17 September 2017 | UPDATED: 16:46 17 September 2017

Jake Mawfordwas sent off for Weston. Picture by WILL T PHOTOGRAPHY.

Jake Mawfordwas sent off for Weston. Picture by WILL T PHOTOGRAPHY.

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Weston-super-Mare are out of the FA Cup at the first time of asking, after a late winner from Bognor Regis broke the Seagulls’ hearts at Nyewood Lane yesterday (Saturday).

In the second round qualifying of the cup, the Seagulls faced a tough task away at a side also in the National League South.

And it started well for the visitors as they played some positive free-flowing football in the first half.

Tristan Plummer started this match and was impressive all afternoon.

After some neat work on the ball, he sailed past a number of defenders and hit a curling strike towards the top corner.

The effort deserved a goal but Daniel Lincoln was on hand to save the effort at full stretch to deny him.

And it was Plummer who was heavily involved when the Seagulls did finally get the goal their first-half performance deserved.

Two minutes before the break, Plummer’s shot from distance was deflected in by Jake Reid and it was the Seagulls in the ascendency at half time.

But the second half started poorly for Weston and the home side were almost immediately back in the game.

A low cross into the box from the right wing took a deflection off Aden Baldwin and past Luke Purnell to level it up.

It was then a fairly even second half, with Jacob Cane’s header the best chance for the visitors to re-take their lead.

Then, with just three minutes left to play, Weston found themselves with 10 men for the fifth time this season.

Jake Mawford was the culprit this time as he received a second yellow card and was given his marching orders.

With a replay at The Woodspring Stadium looking like a certainty, Weston then felt heartbreak as Bognor snatched a winner and a place in the third round qualifying of, arguably, England’s biggest cup competition.

As injury time came to an end, James Crane got on the end of a deep cross and headed the ball home past Purnell.

This is the second year in a row the Seagulls have exited the FA Cup at their first attempt after they were dumped out by North Leigh last season.

But, after two away games in a row, Weston return to The Woodspring Stadium on Saturday.

However, they face another tough test as they welcome top of the league Dartford in the National League South.

The Seagulls, however, will be hoping to extend their unbeaten run to four matches in the league.

Kick-off is at 3pm.

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