New signings and 'exciting time ahead' for Weston-super-Mare Football Club
PUBLISHED: 10:10 19 July 2017
With the new National League South season just over two weeks away, new manager Marc McGregor has been busy finalising his squad.
There have been two new additions this week, alongside some tough friendlies for the Seagulls.
Having already hosted League One sides Bristol Rovers and Plymouth Argyle, the Seagulls then entertained League two new boys Forest Green Rovers, who are also former manager Scott Bartlett’s team.
The Seagulls got off to a good start and held their own, against a side now two leagues above them, with familiar face Tristan Plummer leading the front line.
Dayle Grubb fired a shot wide early on before Plummer forced a good stop from Bradley Collins in the Rovers goal.
The deadlock was broken by Weston in the seven minutes before the break, albeit in unusual circumstances.
Trialist Jerrad Welch’s shot stuck the post, then Collins’ back before eventually rolling over the line.
In the second half, Luke Purnell – who has had an impressive pre-season so far – made an important stop just before the hour mark, with Omar Bugiel’s shot looking destined for the back of the net.
But just a few minutes later, Rovers equalised through Reece Brown.
He made space in the box to finish well into the bottom corner.
As good sides often do, Rovers started to dominate and were rewarded in the 89th minute.
Dan Wishart’s cross was met by Shamir Mullings, who scored his first goal for the club.
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But Weston can take the positives from the performance.
And there was more good news throughout the week after it was confirmed Jake Mawford has signed a new contract with the club, a season after his departure.
As well as this, 18-year-old striker Ben Seymour has signed on a youth loan from League Two side Exeter City.
Manager Marc McGregor said he is very pleased with the two signings and there are more to come.
He said: “It’s good to have Jake involved again at the club for this season, he has proved in the past that he is an exciting and capable player at this level.
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“We are really happy to add more quality to our squad as we prepare for the start of the league on August 5th.
“Over the next seven days we hope to complete additional signings which will put us in a great position for the season. The lads we are looking to bring in will be players that can add real benefit to us rather than just adding numbers.
“There are exciting times ahead and this building process will continue throughout the season.”