Weston are back at the Optima Stadium for the first time in 22 days as they take on Hendon this Tuesday, 24th January. The match kicks off at 7:45pm.
The Seagulls will be looking to make it five league wins in a row against Lee Allinson’s Hendon side. In Weston’s last league game they won 5-1 at Harrow Borough on January 7, while on the same day The Greens gained a creditable 2-2 draw with promotion contenders Truro City at Silver Jubilee Park.
In that game, Hendon fell behind but turned the game around to lead 2-1 after goals from top-scorer Joe White and Frank Keita. However, the home side couldn’t hold on for the three points to leave Allinson with mixed feelings after the game.
The above games were the last time that Weston and Hendon played in the Southern League Premier South, although Hendon have played since then as they overcame AFC Wimbledon in the London Senior Cup by three goals to two last Tuesday.
Hendon come into this game in the relegation zone in fourth-bottom place, but will surely be encouraged by having games in hand on the sides directly above them.
This is the first time Weston and Hendon have faced each other this season, due to cup commitments having to take priority when the original games were scheduled. In last season’s fixtures, The Seagulls won 2-0 in London in November 2021 thanks to Dayle Grubb’s early penalty and Marlon Jackson, who was debuting for Weston for the second time in that game.
In the return fixture at the Optima in March 2022, Weston triumphed by six goals to nil after another masterclass from Grubb, who scored a magnificent hat-trick. Sonny Cox, on loan from Exeter City, also tried to claim the match ball after scoring three as well.
A tighter affair will be expected in this season’s fixture, and Hendon’s last result against Truro shows that Weston will need to be at their best to achieve victory, in what should be an entertaining game 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.
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.