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PREVIEW AND MATCH INFO: WESTON CONTINUE FA CUP JOURNEY AGAINST LARKHALL

Weston welcome Larkhall Athletic to The Optima Stadium on Tuesday as they aim to continue their FA Cup run, KO 7.45pm.

After a 2-2 tie at full time, the Seagulls progressed through to the FA Cup 3rd qualifying round after a 4-2 victory in an exciting penalty shootout against Swindon Supermarine. Larkhall also progressed through on penalties with their 4-3 win against Frome Town.

Larkhall will make the one hour journey from Plain Ham as the two sides play each other for the first time since 2016. The last meeting saw Weston win 4-2 away from home in the Somerset Cup.

Weston’s league fixture against Harrow Borough ended one apiece on Saturday, seeing them currently place 12th in the table.

KEY MATCH INFO 

Tickets

Please note this is an All-Pay fixture

Tickets are only available at the turnstile on the day of the match.

Turnstiles will open from 6:15pm

Ticket prices for the game are as follows:

£11 Adults, £7 Concessions, £3 U16’s and U8’s go free. A Family Ticket costs £20.

Car Park

Our Supporters Car Park charges £2.00 to park on a match day. Unfortunately, we are unable to accept card payment for this. So please ensure you have £2.00 available to pay on arrival. We are aware of currently CoVid cash handling suggestions. The Steward attending the Car Park will be wearing a face mask. For Season Ticket holders your car park will still be for your exclusive use, however you will still have to pay & enter via a Turnstile

Track & Trace

Before entering The Optima Stadium, you will be required to complete our Track & Trace system. This is a legal requirement that the club must undertake. There are signs before entering the turnstiles and one in the turnstile. The system is a simple QR scan code that you scan using your mobile telephone, click on the link it gives you and then complete your details. This is required for every visit you make to The Optima Stadium.

Turnstiles

We will be operating 2 turnstiles.

Turnstile 1 at the front of the car park will operate on a card only basis.

Turnstile 2 at the far side of the ground by our 3G facility will operate on a cash only basis.

As already mentioned, you will be required to complete the Track & Trace before entry. Both turnstiles have relevant Social Distance markings on the floor outside them.

Social Distancing

We do remind all supporters it is your responsibility to maintain current UK Government Social Distancing guidelines while you visit The Optima Stadium. This includes all areas of the ground, inside and out, along with the seated areas.

Match Footballs

We do ask that supporters refrain from throwing any balls that leave the pitch and enter the supporters areas back on to the pitch. A Steward or Ball Person will instead make their way to your location, gather the football and return to the Home Dugout so that it can be cleaned before going back on to the pitch. When balls leave the pitch in this manner the Home Dugout will be throwing another ball on to the pitch for the continuation of the game.

Club Shop

Unfortunately, due to current guidelines affecting people trying on clothing, the Club Shop have made the decision to remain closed. Obviously, this they are reviewing as UK Government guidelines change over time.

Player Tunnel Gates

Due to current requirements to close these, for the players entry to the pitch and return from the pitch during their pre-match warm-up, there may be a slightly longer period before the game where these will have to remain closed. We do apologise in advance for this. The Stewards will open them as soon as it is deemed safe to do so. They will also be closed for a period at the beginning and end of Half-Time and also at the conclusion of the game.

Facilities within Ground

Our Somerset Suite Bar, Kitchen and inside ground Joe’s Bar will all be open. Card payment can be made at all three locations. All three areas do have ground markings detailing the social distancing requirements. The Somerset Suite can only hold at any one time 50 people.

At busy times, such as half time we will be placing Stewards in these locations to remind supporters of the current social distancing requirements.

PLEASE NOTE:

When using the Somerset Suite Bar, you must be wearing a Face Mask entering until you are sat at a table to drink and service is by table service only. All tables have a bar menu on and ordering process displayed.

In line with government restrictions we are required to close our bars and food service by 10pm.

A note to that effect is being added to our Risk Assessment, our website and a notice placed in our food/beverage outlets

Therefore, the following restrictions will be in place at each of the Somerset Suite Bar, Joe’s Bar and Food Service Area:

Last orders for food & drink – 9:30pm

Time for orders (no orders after this time) – 9:40pm

FOOD/DRINK

Spectator’s Kitchen (We now accept card payments)

Cheese Burger: £4.00

Burger: £3.50

Sausage: £3.00

Chips: £1.50

Hot Drinks: Tea, Coffee, Bovril £1.50

Cold drinks: £1.30

Cheesy chips: £2.50

Joe’s Bar (We now accept card payments)

Pie & Pint: £6

FIND THE OPTIMA

Leave the M5 at Junction 21 and take the A370 towards Weston town centre. Continue across three roundabouts and at the 4th (where there is a McDonalds) turn left into Winterstoke Road. Go straight across the mini roundabout, over a railway bridge and you will see the ground on your right hand side.

We have a fair sized car park at the stadium however there are a limited amount of match day parking for Blue Badge holders these spaces must be booked in advance. If you are travelling by coach/mini bus please contact ahead of time to enquire about reserving a space.

Check up on the pre-match build-up and keep up to date with all the action of the match with our live Twitter updates – @WSM_AFCOfficial.

We wish all our supporters and visitors a safe journey as we look forward to an exciting match.

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