This years annual Non-League day falls on Saturday 7th October, with Weston making the journey to Hemel Hempstead as they look to continue their good form.
Despite having the previous weekend off with no FA Cup action, Marc McGregor looked to maintain the momentum the Seagulls had built in their league four-game unbeaten streak with a training match with Bristol Rovers Development Squad. In their previous league outing, Weston defeated league leaders Dartford at the Woodspring, with two goals from Gethyn Hill as he made his league debut for Weston this season.
Hemel are unbeaten at home in the past month, their previous loss at Vauxhall Road coming against Truro City 1 – 2 on the 2nd September.
“We are looking to augment the momentum that the lads have already built up. Back to back wins are important, not only in terms of gaining points and climbing the table but also to maintain and reinforce the morale and confidence that exists in the dressing room” Manager Marc McGregor said ahead of the trip to Hertfordshire. “Although the break afforded the lads a rest last weekend they have all been working hard in training, and put in a shift in the match against Rovers.”
Hemel’s last game saw them lose 3 – 0 to Bath City in the FA Cup Third Qualifying Round. Hemel have centre-back Phil Walsh, who has spent the majority of his career in the South-West with sides such as Clevedon Town, Taunton Town and Bath City, in their ranks, as well as Teddy Sherringham’s striker son, Charlie Sherringham.
The last meeting between these sides was the final day of last season, with a thumping 0 – 5 win for the Seagulls at Vauxhall Road. Brad Ash scored a brace, while Jacob Cane, Danny Greenslade and Ash Kington also got themselves on the scoresheet.
In the past three meetings between the sides, one of the two teams have scored five goals in the clash.
As part of Non-League day, Hemel are supporting Prostate Cancer UK with a “crossbar challenge” either before the game or during half-time on Saturday, with the cost of entry £2 a go for this. As well as this, there will be bucket collectors from Cancer Research UK around on behalf of Prostate Cancer UK, with 50p from every paying adult ticket also going towards the charity. Please get behind this very worthwhile cause as currently 1 in 8 men suffer from Prostate cancer in their lives.