Seagulls' FA Cup dream over as Wrexham ease to victory
PUBLISHED: 22:36 12 November 2018 | UPDATED: 22:36 12 November 2018
Weston’s dreams of pulling off an FA Cup shock and making the second round were dashed as Wrexham claimed a 2-0 win at the Woodspring Stadium on Sunday.
A large crown of more than 1,700 saw Marc McGregor’s Seagulls make the National League leaders work hard for their victory, but ultimately the Reds’ class told as second-half strikes from Luke Summerfield and Stuart Beavon booked an all-Welsh tie with Newport County.
Weston did spurn good chances through Ben Swallow and Alex Byrne, and McGregor admitted his side were not clinical enough to upset the odds.
He said: “We were quite comfortable in playing our game rather than changing our system for Wrexham, but we feel bitterly disappointed. I’m disappointed we didn’t work the keeper enough.”
“It was a great occasion and it was a shame we didn’t get a draw to go back to their place.
“They’re the best team in the league above. They worked all week to try to stop us playing, but anyone at the game would have seen that didn’t work for them.”
Weston should have made a dream start inside two minutes, but Swallow blazed over from 12 yards out with the keeper rooted.
The Seagulls’ afternoon worsened soon after as primary playmaker Jarrad Welch had to be helped from the pitch with a nasty-looking knee injury, but the National League South’s basement boys did well to go in 0-0 at the break against a side 45 places ahead of them in the league pyramid.
The opening goal arrived soon after half time, though, as right-back Louis McGrory was badly caught out and missed his header, allowing Beavon to play in Summerfield, who crashed home with his left foot on 51 minutes.
Byrne should have equalised shortly after, but he could only find the stand with his four-yard header from George Nurse’s brilliant cross on the left flank.
The full-timer’s superior fitness told in the closing stages, as Weston were unable to forge any clear chances, and the tie was wrapped home from Beavon with nine minutes to play – lashing past Purnell at the second attempt.
Wrexham boss Sam Ricketts – a former Premier League defender – said the Seagulls were ‘excellent’.
“They worked really hard and they moved the ball really well at times. It had all the makings of an FA Cup banana skin, and I’m delighted it wasn’t,” he added.