Seagulls are dumped out of the FA cup

PUBLISHED: 10:06 09 October 2006 | UPDATED: 10:00 24 May 2010

Weston-s-Mare 1 Hungerford 2

Weston-s-Mare 1 Hungerford 2

IN his programme notes for this FA Cup second qualifying round tie with the Hellenic Premier Division visitors, Weston manager Frank Gregan commented that the game could be a potential banana skin

IN his programme notes for this FA Cup second qualifying round tie with the Hellenic Premier Division visitors, Weston manager Frank Gregan commented that the game could be a potential banana skin for his Conference South charges, and so it proved.Hungerford, who had knocked previously unbeaten Hellenic Premier Division leaders Ardley United out of the competition in the last round, came out of the starting blocks hungry for victory and in the opening minutes forced a corner while the skipper Bradley Ward and Graham Edney, twice, came close with efforts.After Lee Jarman was off target with a free kick for Weston on 20 minutes, Shaun Terry headed just over for the visitors five minutes later.Their attack, well led by Bath City and Forest Green Rovers front man James Gosling was troubling the home defence and Hungerford broke the deadlock on 32 minutes when, from Gosling's pass, Ward drilled a low 15-yard effort past the outstretched fingers of Ryan Northmore.The home attack, missing suspended Marc McGregor and injured Scott Walker, was seldom seen and the cause was not helped as Gary Owers looked far from fit in midfield and John Williams was left isolated up front with Marvin Brown having to forage for possession.Their only first-half chance came on 45 minutes when Craig Rand sent a strong header over the crossbar from Owers' left-wing corner.For the second half, Gareth Hopkins replaced Owers and the side looked more purposeful, with Williams firing into the side netting on 47 minutes after drawing keeper Dominic Green out of his goal.Weston had to wait until the 52nd minute before they had their first effort on target, a distance strike by Craig Loxton easily held by Green.In quick succession, Leigh Henry and Loxton were over with efforts, but Weston forced several corners, while at the other end, Gosling forced a corner on 64 minutes.Weston brought on new signing from Cheltenham Mike Wilce in place of Henry on 77 minutes and they managed to draw level in the 90th minute when Brown was tripped in the area and he easily beat Green from the penalty spot.The Weston supporters were still celebrating the let-off when, almost straight from the restart, substitute Craig Shand broke through on the right and squared the ball to Terry, who despite the attentions of Rand and Jarman, beat Northmore from 10 yards for a deserved winner.

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