Weston beat Dorchester to progress in cup

PUBLISHED: 07:00 06 October 2011

Weston 'keeper Lloyd Irish, who kept a clean sheet against Dorchester

Weston 'keeper Lloyd Irish, who kept a clean sheet against Dorchester


WESTON beat Dorchester for the second time in 11 days to book their place in the next qualifying round of the FA Cup.

A late goal from Matt Villis was enough to see the Seagulls through, and they will face fellow Blue Square South side Havant and Waterlooville on October 15 in the third qualifying round.

And Weston will face Sutton at the Woodspring Stadium on Saturday with a nearly fully-fit squad, with manager Craig Laird hopeful their cup victory can spark a resurgence in the league after a disappointing loss to Hampton and Richmond last time out.

Chris Young and Matt Huxley led the Seagulls’ attack on Saturday, with Nabi Diallo replacing the suspended Kane Ingram on the left wing. Huxley, Young and Pepperell (twice) all went close in the first half, while Dayle Grubb was just off target with a free-kick

Dorchester had more of the game in the second half, with Weston ‘keeper Lloyd Irish coming to his team’s rescue to beat away Ryan Moss’s goal-bound effort away, while Steve Devlin sent a free-kick wide, but it was Weston who scored the decisive goal through an unlikely source.

On 80 minutes sub Ben Cleverley picked out Jamie Price on the right, and he made ground and crossed low into the six-yard box for centre-back Matt Villis to score his first ever goal in Weston colours.

Club chairman Paul Bliss said: “It was not a pretty game, but we ground out a result and I am delighted for the management and players, especially the players who all put in a 100 per cent performance.”

Of the win, Craig said: “We ticked a lot of boxes with that result, it was very pleasing to grind out a win in such circumstances.

“That was the performance we were hoping for against Hampton and Richmond, in a way it’s better to see than winning by three or four goals because it showed a lot of our character.”

Their next round opponents caused a stir in the 2007-08 FA Cup when they beat Notts County and Swansea City to reach the fourth round, where they lost to Liverpool after leading the match twice.

While Craig is keen to emulate that success, he is adamant that his side will concentrate on the league and not get carried away.

He continued: “Although we would love to do what Havant did in the cup, every other non-league team will be trying to emulate that, and we must make sure we keep our powder dry for the league, which is where we must really concentrate and not get carried away.”

Weston welcome Sutton United to the Woodspring Stadium on Saturday, and Craig has a welcome selection headache ahead of the game, with almost all of his players available.

Only Brett Trowbridge, Ben Kirk and Marcus Duharty are coming round to full fitness, but all three are in training and could be selected.

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