Weston are in Somerset Premier Cup action as they head to Midsomer Norton to take on Welton Rovers this Tuesday, 6th December. The match at West Clewes kicks off at 7:30pm.
The game comes after Saturday’s 4-0 home victory over Hartley Wintney in the Southern League Premier South, a game that saw Dayle Grubb claim the match ball after his stunning hat-trick, with two of his three coming from sensational shots from outside the area. James Dodd completed the scoring for The Seagulls with a fine finish from distance.
Wonderful long-range strikes were also the order of the day 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 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.
Welton returned to North Somerset on the Saturday before last, however on this occasion The Seasiders overcame Rovers by two goals to one in the Western League fixture, as a last-minute winner from Clevedon broke Welton hearts. Fortunately for Rovers, they got back to winning ways following their 2-0 home victory over Cadbury Heath on Friday night, thanks to goals from Billy Manning and Lewis Russell.
Not only was this a satisfying home win, but there was a pleasing moment in the second-half as 17 year-old debutant Will Ford replaced the vastly experienced 39 year-old, Joe Ellis.
Quite a few years separate the ages of those two, and it has been a long time since Welton and Weston last faced each other. The previous 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 rest certain players and to give players on the fringe of the first team an opportunity to shine, 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).