McGregor backs Llewellyn for ‘long future in the game’ after stunning debut goal

PUBLISHED: 16:23 20 November 2018 | UPDATED: 16:25 20 November 2018

Tom Llewellyn celebrates after his brilliant equaliser. Picture: WILL.T.PHOTOGRAPHY

Tom Llewellyn celebrates after his brilliant equaliser. Picture: WILL.T.PHOTOGRAPHY

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Weston boss Marc McGregor has hailed the performance Tom Llewellyn in the Seagulls’ defeat at Welling United, after the teenage starlet marked his first league start with a stunning goal.

The 17-year-old academy-graduate found the net with a perfectly-executed lob from 35 yards to level the scores with the promotion-chasing Wings, who eventually ran out 3-1 winners at Park View Road on Saturday.

Llewellyn, whose father Andy played for Bristol City and Weston, has fast become a favourite at the Woodspring Stadium – making a big impact in cup competition cameos including a vital equaliser in the FA Cup on the Seagulls’ journey to the first round proper.

The goalscoring midfielder made a dream start to his league career, and his performance certainly caught the eye of his manager – who believes he will enjoy a fruitful career in the game.

McGregor said: “I thought Tom was very good. He got on the ball and he was brave.

“He took his goal superbly. His goal was very difficult to execute and not many players on that pitch could do that.

“We wanted to get 90 minutes into him because it’s very difficult to do 90 minutes from under-18s football to men’s football and I thought he coped brilliantly.

“We’ve got to look after him because he’s a young kid, but if he keeps progressing like this he’s got a long future in the game.”

Llewellyn, who told the Mercury Saturday’s performance was a ‘massive step’ in his fledgling, will hope to maintain his place in the starting 11 for tonight’s important National League South clash with East Thurrock United at the Woodspring Stadium – with the Seagulls in desperate need of three points against their relegation rivals.

He added: “The season so far hasn’t been good for us as a team but for myself I think it’s progressing well and hopefully it can progress even further for me to be starting in more games for the rest of the season.”

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