Matt scores the only goal to send the Seagulls into the next round

PUBLISHED: 19:17 02 October 2011

Weston v Dorchester.

Weston v Dorchester.

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Weston reached the third qualifying round of the FA Cup after defeating Dorchester 1-0.

DORCHESTER TOWN 0

WESTON-S-MARE 1

BEATING Dorchester for the second time in 11 days, Weston reached the third qualifying round of the FA Cup in a match dominated by defences.

Speaking after the game to the Weston Mercury, club chairman Paul Bliss said: “It was not a pretty game, but we ground out a result and I am delighted for the management and players, especially the players who all put in a 100 per cent performance.”

For winning this tie, Weston pick up £4,500 in prize money, a most welcome cash injection for the club.

Manager Craig Laird opted for Chris Young and Matt Huxley to lead the attack, with Nabi Diallo playing wide on the left in place of suspended Kane Ingram, but the home side, hoping to reverse their fortune of losing the Blue Square South contest, were first to show with Ryan Moss firing just over the Weston crossbar on four minutes.

But as Weston got into their stride, Huxley fired over, Nat Pepperell had a cross cut out by home keeper Alan Walker-Harris as Young and Huxley closed in. Then Young was just wide, Pepperell fired narrowly across goal after goo work by Diallo, who came in off his wing and Pepperell had an effort beaten out by Walker-Harris. Dayle Grubb, who had another storming game in midfield, was just off target with a free kick.

In an isolated attack on 36 minutes, the Weston goal had a let-off when Diallo, back helping his defence, hooked Chris Flood’s effort over his crossbar with keeper Lloyd Irish beaten.

Dorchester came more into the game in the early part of the second half and Moss should have done better on 53 minutes when he was put clear of the Weston defence. However, Irish came to Weston’s rescue, dashing quickly from his line and beating the goal-bound effort to safety. Later, Steve Devlin was not far off target with a free kick from the half-way line.

The crucial goal came on 80 minutes when Weston were awarded a free kick in the left channel. Substitute Ben Cleverley, who had replaced Young, picked out Jamie Price, wide on the right, with a superb diagonal kick. Price made ground and crossed low into the six-yard box where central defender Matt Villis beat Walker-Harris for his first-ever goal in Weston colours.

As Dorchester tried to force an equaliser, they wasted another good chance when Nathan Walker put an unmarked header harmlessly over the Weston crossbar from Flood’s cross.

Weston came close again on 83 minutes when substitute Sahr Kabba, who had replaced Huxley, burst through the defence, but his shot was parried by Walker-Harris only as far as Diallo, who was crowded out as Weston finished well on top.

WESTON STATS

Goal: Weston, Villis (80).

Shots on target: Dorchester 3, Weston 3.

Shots off target: Dorchester 6, Weston 5.

Corners: Dorchester 4, Weston 3.

Offsides: Dorchester 2, Weston 2.

Free kicks conceded: Dorchester 15, Weston 11.

Referee: Brett Huxtable (Torrington). Excellent game, allowed play to flow.

Bookings: Dorchester, Flood, Tallack. Weston, Jamie Laird.

Attendance: 326.

Weston squad: Irish, Price, Jamie Laird, Grubb, Villis, Martin, Diallo, Kirk, Young (Cleverley 56), Huxley (Kabba 62), Pepperell. Subs (not used): Mackay, Booth, Hunt, Trowbridge.

ON Saturday, Weston are back on Blue Square South duty with a tough home fixture against fourth in the table London-based side Sutton United.

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