Weston are back on home turf this Tuesday, 25th July when League One side Exeter City come to town for our final home friendly of the pre-season campaign. The game kicks off at 7:30pm.
Weston come into the game off the back of a promising display at Bashley FC on Saturday, resulting in a 3-2 win thanks to goals from Jordan Bastin, Jason Pope and Lloyd Humphries against the Southern League Division One South side.
Exeter are managed by 2013 FA Cup-winning captain and former Wigan Athletic defender Gary Caldwell, who has been at the Grecians’ helm since October 2022.
Exeter have had a strong pre-season so far, with only one defeat in five which came on Saturday away at Torquay United with a 4-1 scoreline. They have beaten Tiverton Town 1-0, Mousehole AFC 8-0 and Taunton Town 3-0 while drawing 0-0 at Bath City in the previous few weeks. Before visiting Weston, Exeter also head to Bristol City for a friendly earlier in the day on Tuesday.
The League One outfit have built up a strong relationship with the Seagulls over time, often loaning some of their best talents to the North Somerset side. The likes of Jordan Tillson, Ollie Watkins, Archie Collins, Joel Randall, Ben Seymour and Sonny Cox have gone on to feature for Weston before breaking into the Exeter first-team, while Jason Pope & Alex Byrne enjoyed loan spells with Weston before joining permanently. Harry Lee and Ed James are currently on loan from Exeter at Weston.
Tuesday’s friendly encounter will be a great test for both sides, as Weston do battle against a side three divisions above.
KEY MATCHDAY INFORMATION:
Adult – £10.00
Concession – (Over 60s, Students with ID, Armed Forces with ID, NHS staff with ID) £7.00
Under 16s – (accompanied by an adult) £3.00
Under 8s – (accompanied by an adult) FREE
Family – (two adults and two Under 16s) £20.00
Pay on the turnstiles only.
Season Tickets Holders receive half-price entry to pre-season games. Please see the Season Tickets Holders section below for full information.
For this fixture, we will have a total of four turnstiles in operation.
We will be operating two turnstiles at our main turnstile block (Turnstiles 1 & 2) next to the club shop and they will operate on a card-only basis.
There will also be an additional two turnstiles on the other side of the ground by our 3G facility (Turnstiles 3 & 4), Turnstile 3 will be cash only and Turnstile 4 will be Season Ticket Holder access only.
It helps with congestion and access to the ground if you queue at the correct turnstile.
Turnstiles will open at the same previously arranged time of 6:15pm.
As always, we do recommend arriving as early as possible to avoid last-minute arrival queue times.
WESTON-SUPER-MARE AFC WALKING FOOTBALL & ACADEMY MEMBERS:
Please note all Walking Football and Junior Academy members will be required to pay relevant admission fee as stated above.
WESTON-SUPER-MARE AFC SEASON TICKET HOLDERS:
For pre-season games, your entrance will be via Turnstile 4, by the facilities block.
Parking is available in that area free of charge when showing your 2023-2024 Season Ticket Holder Car Park Pass.
Our Supporters’ Car Park charges £2.00 to park on a match day. Unfortunately, we are unable to accept card payments for this. So please ensure you have £2.00 available to pay on arrival.
For Season Ticket holders, early arrival is recommended. You will be required to park in the normal Supporters Car Park, as the Season Ticket Holders car park is reserved for opposition teams during pre-season games.
FACILITIES WITHIN THE GROUND:
Please note our Sportsman Bar will close 90 minutes prior to kick-off, at which time the turnstiles will be open and access can be made into the ground. Our Somerset Suite bar, Supporters’ Kitchen and inside ground Joe’s Bar will all be open.
Card payment can be made at all three locations.
At busy times, such as half-time, we will be placing stewards in these locations to assist supporters queueing.
Please note our full ground regulations are detailed on our website – All spectators are expected to adhere to these regulations during any game held at The Optima Stadium.
Failure to do so can result in expulsion from the Optima Stadium and its facilities with no refund.
SUPPORTERS’ KITCHEN MENU & PRICES:
Beefburger – £3.50
Cheeseburger – £4.00
Hot Dog – £3.00
Chips – £2.00
Cheesy Chips – £3.00
Curry Sauce & Chips – £3.00
Tea/Coffee/Bovril – £1.50
Extra Burger – £2.50
Cans – £1.40
KITCHEN @ JOE’S BAR MENU & PRICES:
Pies – £3.50
Sausage Rolls – £3.00
Chips – £2.00
We look forward to welcoming you all to the Optima Stadium, and we hope that you enjoy the match.