Weston-super-Mare face 620-mile round trip after Workington force replay in FA Trophy

PUBLISHED: 15:36 15 January 2018 | UPDATED: 15:36 15 January 2018

Jake Lee goes for goal. Picture: Mark Atherton

Jake Lee goes for goal. Picture: Mark Atherton

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Weston-super-Mare face a nightmare replay in the FA Trophy after drawing 1-1 with Workington at the Woodspring Stadium on Saturday.

Keeper Arran Taylor and the Workington defence stood firm as the Seagulls pressed for a winner. Picture: Mark AthertonKeeper Arran Taylor and the Workington defence stood firm as the Seagulls pressed for a winner. Picture: Mark Atherton

The Seagulls will make a 620-mile round trip to Cumbria tomorrow (Tuesday) after Jarrad Welch’s opening goal was cancelled out by Scott Allison 23 minutes from time.

A third-round clash with National League outfit Bromley awaits the winner of the replay at the Reds’ Borough Park.

In the week prior to the game Workington rejected Weston’s request to complete the tie on Saturday.

Weston boss Marc McGregor suggested the result was a fair assessment of proceedings.

Workington forced a replay after a bright second-half perfomance. Picture Mark AthertonWorkington forced a replay after a bright second-half perfomance. Picture Mark Atherton

He said: “We had a poor 15-minute spell which cost us, but credit to them.

“In the second half they came out and had a really good go so I can’t really complain about the result. In the first 15 minutes of the second half it was nowhere near good enough.”

McGregor’s side dominated the opening exchanges, and they were rewarded after quarter of an hour through a smart set piece. Danny Greenslade swept a low ball into the area which was cleverly dummied by Tristan Plummer and Gethyn Hill to allow Welch a clear sight at goal, and he duly found the top corner.

Hill could have doubled the lead soon after when he was played in by Naby Diallo, but he dragged his shot wide, and Jake Lee’s attempted lob proved to be easy pickings for goalkeeper Aaran Taylor on the cusp of half time.

The Cumbrians emerged from the break rejuvenated, and they were level on 67 minutes after Reds’ skipper Gari Rowntree picked out Nathan Waterston on the right flank. The winger whipped an inviting ball across the six-yard box and Allison was on hand at the back post to slide home.

Weston pressed for a late winner, but the visitors defended their box manfully knowing they would hold a firm advantage in a replay with the Seagulls set for a gruelling journey.

But McGregor has full faith in his squad to advance to the next round.

He said: “We’ve got a nice trip on Tuesday, but we’ll all be together. This is what happens in cup games, and we’ve got to go there and get a result.

“I hope the full squad will be available, but we’ve got lads who weren’t in the squad today, including some young lads, who might have to come in and put a performance in.

“We had five people on the bench on Saturday who could have come in and done a job for us, so we have no problems.”

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