Weston are in Somerset Premier Cup action as they head to Midsomer Norton to take on Welton Rovers this Tuesday, 15th November. The match at West Clewes kicks off at 7:30pm.
The game comes after Saturday’s 3-2 win at Merthyr Town, as wonderful team goals from Jordan Bastin and Dayle Grubb, plus an excellent solo run and finish from Marlon Jackson, earned all three points in South Wales.
There were also goals of the highest quality in the previous round of the Somerset Premier Cup, as Weston overcame Shepton Mallet by three goals to one at the Optima Stadium. Goals that night in early October came from fantastic long-range efforts from both Alfie Moulden and Ben Griffith. Brandon Bak, now at Bristol City, completed the scoring with a tidy finish to see The Seagulls progress.
As for Welton Rovers, their route to the Second Round of the Somerset Premier Cup was gained after an exciting 5-4 win at fellow Western League Premier Division side, Clevedon Town.
There hasn’t been a shortage of goals involving Welton this season, as evidenced by that game at the Hand Stadium. In Welton’s last league fixture on November 5, they travelled to Devon and were on the receiving end of a 9-0 defeat at Saltash United. However, Rovers appear to be doing well generally and are a respectable 13th in the division after gaining promotion last season, after winning the Western League Division One play-offs.
It has been nearly thirty years since Welton and Weston have faced each other. The last occasion was in August 1993, in an FA Cup Preliminary Round tie at Woodspring Park, as The Seagulls ran out 6-1 winners.
Before Weston won promotion in 1991-92, Weston and Welton faced each other on numerous occasions in the Western League. In fact, The Seagulls were the visitors to West Clewes for Welton’s first game under their new floodlights in the 1988/89 season.
As it has been such a long time since the last meeting, Welton will provide us with a warm welcome. As for the game itself, manager Scott Bartlett may well use the fixture to rotate his squad and allow others to gain game-time, and to give senior players a rest, as he did in the last round against Shepton Mallet.
Welton Rovers Football Club, West Clewes, North Road, Midsomer Norton, BA3 2QD
PUBLIC TRANSPORT: The nearest railway station is Bath Spa. From Bath bus station, the 174 bus to Wells takes you to Midsomer Norton, a short walk to Welton Rovers’ ground.
Adults £6, Concessions £4, Under 16s FREE
We wish all of our supporters a safe journey to Welton, and we hope that you enjoy the match.
(Many thanks to Gareth Paisey at Welton Rovers Football Club for the information provided on previous meetings).