Seagulls’ FA Cup run ends in defeat

PUBLISHED: 15:54 19 November 2014 | UPDATED: 15:54 19 November 2014

Weston-Super-Mare's Brad Ash battles with Doncaster Rovers defender Andy Butler during the FA Cup match at Woodspring Stadium, Weston-Super-Mare. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday November 18, 2014. See PA Story SOCCER Weston. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Maximum 45 images during a match. No video emulation or promotion as 'live'. No use in games, competitions, merchandise, betting or single club/player services. No use with unofficial audio, video, data, fixtures or club/league logos.

Weston-Super-Mare's Brad Ash battles with Doncaster Rovers defender Andy Butler during the FA Cup match at Woodspring Stadium, Weston-Super-Mare. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday November 18, 2014. See PA Story SOCCER Weston. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Maximum 45 images during a match. No video emulation or promotion as 'live'. No use in games, competitions, merchandise, betting or single club/player services. No use with unofficial audio, video, data, fixtures or club/league logos.

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Weston lost their delayed FA Cup to Doncaster in front of a record crowd at Woodspring Park.

WESTON-S-MARE 1

DONCASTER ROVERS 4

WESTON’S glorious FA Cup run was ended by their Football League opponents, watched by a record crowd of 2,949.

Donny were given too much respect in the first-half, given room to play some good flowing football and had the game over as a contest, scoring three times. But in the second half, Weston did a lot better, forcing a string of corners and although they conceded another goal, had the satisfaction of getting a consolation in added on time.

The visitors had the ball in the Weston net in the opening seconds, but Paul Keegan’s effort was ruled out for offside. Richie Wellens was denied a score when his strong effort was blocked by Clayton Fortune, but Donny struck on 16 minutes when Curtis Main beat Luke Purnell from Kyle Bennett’s cross.

Weston’s best attacking spell was in the 27th minute when they forced two successive corners when Aaron Brown’s effort, from Purnell’s long clearance, was turned behind.

Donny increased their lead on 36 minutes when skipper James Coppinger’s effort was parried by Purnell, who was having an excellent game, but Main was on hand to score from the rebound.

On the stroke of half-time, Coppinger notched the third when he turned on Wellens’ pass to beat Purnell.

Early after the break, Bradley Ash twice went close for Weston and Dayle Grubb’s free kick went behind off a Donny defender for one of nine second-half corners with Donny on the back foot for long periods and keeper Sam Johnstone, on loan from Manchester United, kept busy.

However, Donny struck again on 64 minutes when Bennett powered his way through the defence and set up Wellens who dinked the ball over diving Purnell.

Despite this set back, Weston kept battling away and were rewarded with a consolation in added on time when substitute Liam Monelle, on loan from Bristol City, turned in Grubb’s corner.

Before the game, a minute’s silence was observed in memory of the five teenagers tragically killed in a road accident at Doncaster.

WESTON STATS

Goals: Weston, Monelle 90+3). Donny, Main (16, 36), Coppinger (45), Wellens (64).

Shots on target: Weston 4, Donny 8.

Shots off target: Weston 7, Donny 6.

Corners: Weston 12, Donny 4.

Offsides: Weston 1, Donny 7.

Free kicks conceded: Weston 6, Donny 10.

Referee: Tim Robinson (Bognor Regis). Good game, nothing contentious.

Bookings: Weston, Jordan, Mawford. Donny, Bennett.

Attendance: 2,949.

Weston squad: Purnell, Brown, Barnes, Jordan, Fortune, McClennan (Teale 70), Mawford, Cane, Ash (Monelle 73), Grubb, Bath (Harris 70). Subs (not used): Llewellyn, Camper, Jackson (goal).

ON Saturday, Weston are back on Vanarama Conference South duty when Brighton-based Whitehawk provide the opposition at the Woodspring Stadium.

Weston fans are reminded that ticket holders from the cup game will be admitted free to this game as a thank-you gesture from the club.

WESTON have been drawn away to Bedford Town of the Southern League Division 1 in the third qualifying round of the FA Trophy. The club will have the chance to pick up a further £4,000 in prize money.

The game will be played on November 29 (3pm) with a replay if necessary at the Woodspring Stadium the following Tuesday.


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