Weston-super-Mare knocked out of FA Trophy by Workington

PUBLISHED: 15:05 17 January 2018 | UPDATED: 15:05 17 January 2018

Ash Harper's red card proved to be the pivotal point in the tie. Picture: Gary McKeating

Ash Harper's red card proved to be the pivotal point in the tie. Picture: Gary McKeating

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Weston-super-Mare were made to pay for missed chances and a red card as they were dumped out of the FA Trophy by Workington last night (Tuesday).

The Seagulls made a mammoth 620-mile round trip to Cumbria after the Reds forced a 1-1 draw and a replay at the Woodspring Stadium on Saturday.

But Marc McGregor’s side could not reward the few dedicated travelling supporters with a win as Ash Harper’s red card proved costly in a 2-1 defeat at Borough Park.

Weston had the better of the tie on Saturday, and should have put the game to bed in the first-half, but ultimately Jarrad Welch’s 15th-minute strike was cancelled out by Workington’s top scorer Scott Allison 23 minutes from time, forcing the Seagulls into a nightmare midweek replay.

McGregor was able to field a strong side despite concerns many experienced players would be unavailable due to work commitments. The only changes from Saturday saw Jake Reid and Ash Kington replacing the absent duo of Jason Pope and Tristan Plummer, with utility man Jake Lee slotting in at centre-half.

It was the Northern Premier side, who gave a spirited performance in the second half in BS24, that started the game on the front foot, and only the reflexes of Luke Purnell prevented them 
from taking the lead on the half-hour mark with a stunning double save from Allison and Matty Douglas.

But Purnell could do nothing to stop Josh Calvert’s half-volley finding the top corner from the resulting corner after the Seagulls failed to clear.

Weston emerged from the interval the better side, and Aaran Taylor was forced into a good save from Gethyn Hill on 52 minutes.

The equaliser was found two minutes later through Naby Diallo, whose 30-yard strike arrowed into the bottom corner.

From there it seemed Weston would seize control, but with 21 minutes to play Harper’s cynical lunge on Phil McLuckie earned him a second booking and an early bath.

And within seconds McLuckie heaped more misery onto the Seagulls, planting a header into the net from Conor Tinnion’s pinpoint cross to send a bumper crowd of 576 wild.

The 10 men fought hard to level, but they could not dent the Reds rearguard, who held on for a famous win and a third-round tie with Bromley of the National League, just three games from Wembley.

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