McGregor on top form for Weston
PUBLISHED: 10:40 24 July 2006 | UPDATED: 09:38 24 May 2010
FOR their second pre-season friendly, Weston welcomed back Marc McGregor, who was the club's leading scorer two seasons ago, and he stamped his authority on the game, having a hand in both goals and forced several good save
WESTON-S-MARE 2 TAUNTON TOWN 1FOR their second pre-season friendly, Weston welcomed back Marc McGregor, who was the club's leading scorer two seasons ago, and he stamped his authority on the game, having a hand in both goals and forced several good saves from visiting keeper Tom Buckler.With Marvin Brown, skipper Matt Rose and Scott Walker rested for the first half, manager Frank Gregan gave a run-out to Craig Mawford, Matt Fisher, Craig Herrod, Michael Hudson and Craig Loxton from last season's youth team and they gave sound performances along with trialist Sekani Simpson, who was with Forest Green last time.Weston opened the scoring in the third minute when John Williams intercepted an attempted clearance, fed McGregor whose shot was parried by Buckler and Fisher was on hand to score.After that the home side were always in control with Simpson having an effort blocked, Mawford forcing a corner, Andy Crawford forcing a save and Williams hitting the crossbar with a spectacular overhead effort.With virtually their only attack of the half, Taunton equalised on 27 minutes when the Weston defence appeared to let a cross from the left get through and skipper Gary Fisher nipped in to beat Ryan Northmore from eight yards.For the second half, both sides made several changes and Weston's winner came on 56 minutes when McGregor's shot was blocked and the rebound fell to Williams who scored from close range.Weston squad: Northmore, Rand, Mawford, Jarman, Thorne, Bailey, Simpson, Crawford, Williams, McGregor, Fisher, Herrod, Rose, Hawkins, Walker, Hudson, Loxton, Brown. Weston continue their preparation for the new season tomorrow evening when top Coca-Cola League 1 side, Swansea City are next up for the Seagulls, as the Conference (South) side test their mettle again against league opposition at the Woodspring Stadium at 7.30pm.The Swans, who had an excellent last season, winning the LDV Trophy, beating Carlisle 2-1, and achieving sixth position, narrowly missing out on promotion to the Coca-Cola Championship when they were defeated on penalties by Barnsley at the Millenium Stadium play off-final, and are guided by Kenny Jackett.Weston officials are hopeful of a similar sized crowd as against Bristol Rovers to watch their match with Swansea, who are to field their full-strength side, and are expected to include sought after striker Lee Trundle, who has been the club's top scorer since moving from Wrexham in the 2003/4 season. Trundle, who has been a regular on Soccer AM and a also a prominent choice in the PFA awards, and should be worth the admission fee alone.Two other stars on show will be Adebavo Akinfenwa, the former Torquay United striker, whose brilliant individual goal secured the LDV Trophy for the Swans last term, and brilliant midfielder Darren Way, who featured prominently for Yeovil Town prior to his big money transfer last season.Swansea have today confirmed that top quality defender, Dean Leacock, who has signed this week on a club record transfer deal from Premiership club Fulham will be making his debut for the League 1 side at the Woodspring. Weston finish the week with a visit by Hellenic League Bishop's Cleeve on Friday, July 28 (7.30).Weston's Youth team have been given a great chance of making progress in this season's FA Youth Cup with three home games in the preliminary rounds.In the week commencing Monday, September 25, they entertain Merthyr Tydfil in the first qualifying round. If successful, they then meet either Clevedon Town or Mangotsfield United in the week commencing Monday, October 9 and, again if successful, entertain either Bishop Sutton, Forest Green Rovers, Bishop's Cleeve or Radstock Town in the third qualifying round.This game to be played in the week commencing Monday, October 23.