FA CUP PREVIEW: Weston prepare for Wrexham clash

PUBLISHED: 09:00 10 November 2018

Weston FC v Coggeshall Town.    

Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Weston FC v Coggeshall Town. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

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Having enjoyed their best week of the season, Weston’s attention now turns to Sunday’s eagerly-awaited FA Cup first round tie with Wrexham at the Woodspring Stadium.

The Seagulls are finally off the mark in the league after beating Hungerford Town at the weekend and rescuing a late point at Dulwich Hamlet on Tuesday night, but their focus now turns to causing an upset and reaching the second round for just the second time in their history.

Weston made the first round after securing a famous win 1-0 over Somerset rivals Bath City on October 20, and their exploits in the cup so far have earned in excess of £50,000 in prize money and TV fees.

Weston boss Marc McGregor encouraged people to attend the game, which will see the winners scoop a further £36,000.

He said: “We’d really love it if the community comes out and supports the team on Sunday.

“It’s a massive day for the club and we hope as many Weston fans, new and old, come and join us at the Woodspring.”

The club’s managing director, Oli Bliss, echoed the manager’s sentiments.

He said: “I’m really looking forward to the game against Wrexham. Tickets sales are going very well and a big home support will make a massive difference to the team.

“Come along to the Woodspring Stadium and make some noise. Let’s cause an upset.”

The Seagulls face an undoubtedly difficult challenge against the Welsh side, who sit top of the National League, but the reds’ manager Sam Ricketts expects a ‘really tough game’.

He said: “It is another game that we will put in the same effort to prepare physically and mentally to go there and win a game.

“We need to go to Weston, it will be a really hard game for us but there is the reward of a second round tie if we can do so.”

Despite sitting bottom of the National League South, Weston have hit a decent run of form and are unbeaten in their past three games, heightening hopes they can secure a famous cup upset.

The tie kicks off at the Woodspring Stadium at 12.45pm, with tickets available in advance from the club bar.

The match will be part of the BBC’s Final Score programme, with intermittent single-camera coverage from BS24 being shown on BBC Two.

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