Weston are back at the Optima Stadium as they take on Hendon in the Southern League Premier South this Tuesday, 18th April. The matck kicks off at 7:45pm.
It is the last of three consecutive home games following victories in their last two against Tiverton Town and Merthyr Town. The success over The Martyrs came courtesy of Sam Avery’s late winner, his close-range finish bringing equal measures of joy and relief for the majority of the large crowd inside the stadium. The Seagulls could have scored more, but opposition goalkeeper Jaimie Cogman was in inspired form.
Hendon, meanwhile, were playing their second game in less than three days on the road on Saturday. After drawing at Hanwell Town last Thursday, Lee Allinson’s side then made the journey to take on Dorchester Town. Despite Niko Muir picking up a brace, they lost by three goals to two at The Avenue.
Muir signed from Hungerford Town in February and his goals have quite likely helped keep Hendon in the division. While The Greens are still not mathematically safe from avoiding relegation, demotion to Step 4 would now seem improbable.
In Muir’s first game back in his second spell at Hendon, he scored within two minutes of his debut against Weston at Silver Jubilee Park on February 18. However, The Seagulls fought back and equalised through Elis Watts. James Dodd then gave Weston the lead in the second-half before Hendon equalised almost immediately through Liam Brooks. But with time running out at the end of the game, Dodd grabbed his second to earn The Seagulls a valuable three points.
That game provided plenty of entertainment as both sides excelled in forward areas of the pitch, with the fans in attendance certainly getting good value for their money.
After attracting big crowds for the previous two home fixtures, we can expect another large gate at the Optima on Tuesday evening, in what promises to be another mouth-watering clash under the lights.
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.
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), one turnstile will be card and cash, and the other turnstile will be cash only.
It helps with congestion and access to the ground if you queue at the correct turnstile.
As always, we do recommend arriving as early as possible to avoid last-minute arrival queue times.
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 payments 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 already 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.
SUPPORTERS’ KITCHEN MENU AND PRICES:
Beefburger – £3.50
Cheeseburger – £4.00
Hot Dog – £3.00
Chips – £2.00
Cheesy Chips – £3.00
Curry Sauce and Chips £3.00
Tea/Coffee/Bovril – £1.50
Extra Burger – £2.50
Cans – £1.40
KITCHEN @ JOE’S BAR MENU AND 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.