Ryan's goal sends the Seagulls safely through
PUBLISHED: 16:41 22 December 2006 | UPDATED: 10:22 24 May 2010
WESTON are safely through to the second round of the FA Trophy, but they were pushed all the way by their Southern League Midland Division visitors
Weston-s-Mare 1 Evesham United 0WESTON are safely through to the second round of the FA Trophy, but they were pushed all the way by their Southern League Midland Division visitors.In fact, had Evesham converted the chances they created late in the game, the result would have been far different.In the second round of the competition, to be played on January 16, Weston have again been drawn at home, this time to holders for the past two seasons Grays Athletic of the National Conference, who put out Weymouth, who are eight places above them in the table 2-1. Weston will be looking forward to a bumper crowd for this important game for the club and will be hoping to spring a surprise.Against Evesham, the Seagulls were without suspended Marc McGregor and Barry McConnell, who was cup-tied, so Rodrigo Turnes was given a start, playing out wide on the right while skipper Matt Rose was in midfield.In an extremely dull first half, with both sides guilty of surrendering possession too easily, Evesham created the early chances, forcing a corner after three minutes and on 12 minutes striker Richard Ball missed a glorious chance when he scuffed a shot from Leon Blake's left-wing cross, giving Ryan Northmore a routine save.Weston's best effort of the half came on 19 minutes when Rose threaded a pass to put Ryan Harley in, but visiting keeper Nathan Vaughan did well to palm the rising shot round his post for Weston's first corner. Turnes had a weak effort on target on 23 minutes and 10 minutes later, Scott Walker's cross from the left was cut out by Vaughan as Gareth Hopkins closed in.Although Weston forced two more corners before the interval, they failed to threaten, while at the other end, Blake wasted a good chance when he finished a strong run down the left by lifting his cross over Northmore's crossbar.Three minutes into the second half, Harley forced a good save from Vaughan, but the former Bristol City youngster did better on 50 minutes when he controlled a loose ball outside the Evesham penalty area, created space by drifting to his left and scored with a 30-yard effort that left Vaughan rooted to the spot.As Evesham came back, Northmore did well to punch Simon Fitter's free kick to safety and as they brought on fresh legs, they created more chances.Northmore made a marvellous reflex safe on 61 minutes to deny Steve Lutz's point-blank header from substitute Dominic Reece's cross and when Northmore dropped Fitter's 77th-minute corner, Craig Rand was on hand to clear the danger by conceding another corner.In a rare Weston attack, Hopkins forced a corner with a distance effort, but as Evesham came back, Ball was left holding his head in his hands after he managed to head substitute Graham Pinkey's cross across goal from all of two yards out with Northmore stranded.The Weston cause was not helped when central defender Lee Jarman, who was having his usual solid game, came off with a slight problem, Mike Wilce taking over in midfield and Rose moving to the back four. As the game drifted into injury time, Northmore pulled off another great save by denying substitute Mark Owen's close-range effort with his legs, and the unfortunate Ball scooped the rebound over the crossbar.* WESTON have a tough holiday programme, starting with an away trip to Salisbury City on Boxing Day and on December 30 they travel to big-spending Newport County and finish by playing Salisbury in the return game on New Year's Day.* MIKE Hayward, who played for the club two seasons ago and suffered a long-term knee injury, has rejoined and was on the bench against Evesham.* AT Saturday's FA Trophy game, Weston supporter Simon Stephens organised a collection for former striker Jody Bevan who suffered a career-threatening injury playing for Gloucester City. As a result of a challenge, he suffered serious leg damage, which was broken in several places and is likely to be off work for some considerable time.Thanks to the generosity of the supporters, £232 was raised.