McGregor rubbishes ‘social media chat’ after Bath City clash postponed

PUBLISHED: 15:01 03 January 2018 | UPDATED: 15:09 03 January 2018

Marc McGregor looks at a soaked Twerton Park on Boxing Day as his side beat Bath City 2-0. Picture: Will.T.Photography

Marc McGregor looks at a soaked Twerton Park on Boxing Day as his side beat Bath City 2-0. Picture: Will.T.Photography

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Weston boss Marc McGregor has dismissed claims his side were not willing to play their postponed New Year’s Day clash with Bath City at the Woodspring Stadium.

McGregor is backing Gethyn Hill to fill the void left by departing top scorer Dayle Grubb. Picture: Will.T.PhotographyMcGregor is backing Gethyn Hill to fill the void left by departing top scorer Dayle Grubb. Picture: Will.T.Photography

The Seagulls boss has hit back at claims on social media suggesting he wanted the fixture, which has been fallen victim to the weather six times since 2013, to be called off.

Torrential downpours left the game in doubt, and after a series of inspections the game was called off 75 minutes prior to kick off. The rearranged fixture will be played on January 30 at 7.45pm.

McGregor said: “I know there’s been a lot of chat on social media saying we wanted the game off. That’s wrong. We’re in a great run of form, so why would we want the game off?

“It’s a shame because we wanted to keep the momentum going, but the last thing we want is people getting injured and the ref deemed the pitch unplayable.”

With a rare week without a game under his belt, McGregor reflected on the platform his side have created leading into the second half of the season.

“We didn’t get off to the best of starts, which we expected with the squad structure and the loanees.

“We were four to six weeks away from where we wanted to be but we’re in a good position now.”

A rich vein of form since late October has propelled the Seagulls into 10th place in the National League South, seven points off the playoffs with a game in hand.

But McGregor has to contend with the departure of captain and top scorer Dayle Grubb, whose transfer to League Two Forest Green was formalised this week.

He said: “It’s very difficult to replace Dayle, but we’re working with other clubs to bring someone in. We’re hoping to bring one in, but we won’t upset the applecart.

“We’ve still got goals in the side, and the likes of Jarrad Welch and Gethyn Hill can step up for us.

“We’re already looking to secure people for next year, and players from other clubs are saying they want to come to us next season, which is a nice position to be in.”

The Seagulls travel to Gloucester City’s new home of Evesham on Saturday, and McGregor is expecting a tough game against the 17th-placed Tigers.

He said: “This is a funny league and if you’re not at the races you’ll lose to anybody.

“We’re always confident, but it’s going to be tough. They’ll be organised and we don’t know what to expect from the pitch with it being played on by two clubs.”

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