Defences on top as Weston earn a replay

Jake Llewellyn.

Jake Llewellyn. - Credit: Archant

Weston earnt a replay in the FA Trophy after drawing away at Bedford Town.



DEFENCES dominated in this FA Trophy third qualifying round game at the Eyrie with neither side able to get a satisfactory conclusion.

Weston were without Kane Ingram, suspended for one game, Jamie Edge, injured, Ollie Barnes, cup tied, but loan signing from Bristol Rovers, Pierce Mitchell was back in defence where he enjoyed a solid game.

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Weston dominated the first-half, forcing eight corners and their first chance came on five minutes when Alec Fiddes tricked his way through the defence and forced a diving save from home keeper Garry Malone.

Bedford’s only chance of the game came on 15 minutes when skipper Ollie Wilkinson’s header was tipped over his crossbar by Weston keeper Luke Purnell at full stretch.

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Minutes later, Jake Llewellyn forced a save from Malone with a header from Fiddes’ cross. Fiddes forced another Weston corner on 27 minutes when Malone dived to turn his effort behind.

Bedford came more into the game in the second half, enjoying long spells of possession, but were unable to breakdown the Weston back four of skipper Tom Jordan, Clayton Fortune, Mitchell and Llewellyn, while Purnell was never troubled. Their only chance was when Greg Ling fired just wide with a free kick.

The home defence coped better with the Weston defence whose best chance fell to Joe McClennan who forced a smart save from Malone.


Shots on target: Bedford 1, Weston 3.

Shots off target: Bedford 3, Weston 5.

Corners: Bedford 4, Weston 10.

Offsides: Bedford 2, Weston 0.

Free kicks conceded: Bedford 15, Weston 5.

Referee: John Hillier. Good game.

Bookings: Bedford, Parker. Weston, none.

Attendance 287.

Weston squad: Purnell, Mitchell, Llewellyn, Cane, Jordan, Fortune, Fiddes, Mawford (Brown 72), Harris (Camper 81), Grubb, McClennan (Ash 81). Subs (not used): Teale, Bath.

ON Saturday, Weston are back on Vanarama Conference South duty when second in the table Bromley provide the opposition.

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