Since the home victory over Poole Town on November 19, The Seagulls comfortably beat Yate Town 4-0 at Lodge Road, before last Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at Beaconsfield Town, Weston’s first defeat in seven league games and the first league loss away from home this campaign.
Needless to say, The Seagulls will be looking to get themselves back on track as they host a somewhat unpredictable Hartley Wintney side, who are now managed by ex-Arsenal midfielder Ian Selley.
The Row have lost their last two games, both at home, against Merthyr Town last Saturday and Salisbury on the Tuesday before. Those two results have left Hartley hovering just above the relegation zone.
However, before those two reversals on their own patch, Hartley had won 2-1 at Hayes & Yeading thanks to a brace from Paul Hodges, who has impressive clubs on his CV after spells at Woking, Farnborough and Hayes, as well as Hartley in a previous stint there.
That win at Hayes two weeks ago is evidence of Hartley’s abilities away from home. Further proof of this was their excellent 2-2 draw at Bath City in the FA Cup earlier this season, so Weston will need to be at their best to get past their potentially tricky opposition.
In last season’s games between the two sides, the respective away sides claimed all three points. In September 2021, Hartley won 3-1 here in BS24 before The Seagulls gained revenge as Scott Laird’s stunning double earned a 2-1 win in Hampshire on the first Saturday of December 2021.
A repeat of that success on the first Saturday of December 2022 will be greeted with joy, as Weston will be searching for the win in what should be an open game of football in the lunchtime kick-off.
For this fixture, Weston will wear their pink away kit to raise awareness of homelessness as part of Shelter’s ‘No Home Kit’ campaign. Weston-super-Mare AFC are delighted to take part in this initiative.
KEY MATCHDAY INFORMATION:
Adult – £12
Concession – (60+, Student with ID, Armed Forces with ID, NHS with ID) £8
Under 16 (accompanied by an adult) – £3.50
Under 8 (accompanied by an adult) – free
Family – £22.50 (valid for two adults & two under 16s)
Pay on the turnstiles only.
We will be operating two turnstiles (Turnstiles 1 & 2) at our main turnstile block next to the club shop, and an additional turnstile on the other side of the ground by our 3G facility (Turnstile 3).
Turnstile 1 and Turnstile 2 will operate on a card only basis, Turnstile 3 is cash only and Academy players.
It helps with congestion and access to the ground if you queue at the correct turnstile.
WESTON-SUPER-MARE AFC WALKING FOOTBALL & JUNIOR ACADEMY MEMBERS:
Please note the entrance for Walking Football members is via the relevant payment method turnstile and Academy members is via Turnstile 3 only.
Those eligible members will be admitted entrance as per your team agreement. Academy parents, you will need to be with the Academy member at the time of entering.
WESTON-SUPER-MARE AFC SEASON TICKET HOLDERS:
Your entrance using your Season Ticket Card will be via the players’ and officials’ entrance.
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.
For Season Ticket holders, early arrival is recommended. Your car park is for your exclusive use, when full you will be given free parking in the Supporters’ Car Park where possible instead.
FACILITIES WITHIN GROUND:
Please note, our Sportsman Bar will close 90 minutes before kick-off, at which time the turnstiles will be open and access can be made into the 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.
Please note our full ground regulations are detailed on our website www.westonsmareafc.co.uk/ground-regulations/ 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 issued.
The club shop within The Optima Stadium will be open for all Weston-super-Mare AFC first team games.
KITCHEN MENU AND PRICES:
HOT DOG £3.00
CHEESY CHIPS £3.00
CURRY SAUCE AND CHIPS £3.00
EXTRA BURGER £2.50
We look forward to welcoming you all to the Optima Stadium, and we hope that you enjoy the match.