Weston FC 2005-2006 review

PUBLISHED: 07:22 29 May 2006 | UPDATED: 09:21 24 May 2010

Frank Gregan.

Frank Gregan.

THIS has been a most difficult Conference South season for Weston, but they finished in a comfortable 14th position out of 22, despite manager Frank Gregan having to work with

THIS has been a most difficult Conference South season for Weston, but they finished in a comfortable 14th position out of 22, despite manager Frank Gregan having to work with a reduced playing budget.Of their 42 league games, they won 14, drew seven and lost 21, scoring 56 goals and conceding 95.Writing in the last home programme of the season, Mr Gregan said: "This has been a long hard season and I would like to thank all our supporters for their patience. We have achieved our goal of staying in the Conference South, but some of the home performances have left a lot to be desired. We have lost games here we simply should have not lost and it is incredibly frustrating."There is no doubt in my mind that if we are to have any chance of progressing as a football club, then we need significant investment. At present the chairman makes a contribution that is substantial and allows us to just about be competitive at this level, but we need to find other sources of income to give us a chance to first of all establish ourselves as a mid-table side and then to kick on into play-offs, "I have no idea where these income streams are to come from, but I do know that without them we will continue to find life at this level a struggle."However, let's look at the positives. I knew all along this would be one of the hardest seasons I have faced as a manager and the task of staying up was a big ask given our resources."The players have been much maligned during the season, mainly by me, I hasten to add, but they have done what was required of them and on the whole they have worked hard to keep Conference South football here. I would like to thank them for their efforts this season and also thank my assistant Dave Lee and physio Jenny Nicholl for their help."Finally, a huge thank you to the supporters. We do not have many, but those we have are incredibly loyal. The little band that travels away from home have enjoyed some brilliant trips this season and always make a noise no matter how badly they are outnumbered."One odd fact cropped up during the season. When the club played at their old ground Woodspring Park, it was acknowledged that the playing surface gave trouble and supporters had to go away to see the team at is best. Now in the new stadium, with one of the best surfaces in the league and groundsman Bob Flaskett in line for a groundsman of the year award, the team could win only five and draw four of their 21 fixtures, while away they managed nine wins and three draws from the save number of matches. This is as perplexing for the manager as well as the supporters.In the league, doubles were secured over Eastbourne Borough, Bognor Regis and St Albans, while they lost twice to Cambridge City, Welling United, Lewes, Eastleigh, Havant and Waterlooville and Weymouth. Against Dorchester Town, they lost 4-0 at home, but won 2-1 away, at Thurrock they lost 5-0 at home, but won 1-0 away.In the FA Cup, they went out to Weymouth 1-0 in a replay at the Wessex Stadium, after holding them to a 2-2 draw at home, thanks to goals by Dean Evans and Jon French, while in the FA Trophy, they beat Bedford Town, whom they will meet in next season's Conference South programme, 4-0 with goals by Scott Walker, Scott Rogers (2) and Marvin Brown and in the next round beat Barking and East Ham 3-2, with French (2) and Brown the scorers, but they went out in the second round to Worksop Town 2-1 in a replay after drawing 1-1 at home, Walker and Matt Rose the scorers.In their only other cup competition, they fell 1-0 in the first hurdle to Yeovil Town at home.On the goal-scoring front, Marvin Brown led the way with 19 in all competitions, followed by Jon French (9), Scott Walker (8) Lewis Hogg (6), Scott Rogers, Matt Rawlins and John Williams (3 each), Matt Rose (2), and one each for Sam Bailey, Dean Evans, Chris Holland, Lee Jarman, Chris Lewis, Mark McKeever, Justin Pritchard, and Craig Rand.Of 49 possible appearances, Lee Jarman led they way with 45, Marvin Brown (41 and 4 as a substitute), Jon French (42, 2), Lewis Hogg (35, 2), Mark McKeever (40, 2), Darren Hawkins (28, 18), Andy Robertson (33, 15), Ryan Northmore (37, 4), Matt Rose (39, 8).With one of the smallest squads of experienced players in the league, it was nice to see teenagers from the Academy Craig Mawford and Michael Parkins making starts at this much higher level, while Matthew Fisher, Jason Gustar, Michael Hudson, Tom Dancey and Russ Driver made it to the bench on several occasions.The club were sad to lose Mark McKeever, who made 125 appearances and scored six goals since his debut in August 2003, as he has decided to return to live in Ireland and was transferred to Gloucester City, along with Justin Pritchard just before the end of the season.n WESTON have been drawn at home to either Bridgwater Town or Street in the second round of the new season's Somerset Premier Cup.The game is scheduled to be played in the week commencing November 13.

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