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First Team - Match centre

Weston Super Mare
J Welch (16')
Full time
S Allison (66')
Sat 13 Jan 15:00 - The FA Trophy 17-18

Reds live to fight another day

A commendable draw against National League South opposition maintained a tangible interest for Reds in The FA Trophy, with Tuesday’s Borough Park replay likely to produce another evenly fought encounter.

The Somerset outfit were clearly the better side in the first half and their excellent technical ability and swift movement of the ball had Reds penned back for long periods. But it was a different story after the break and Lee Andrews’ team began to show their attacking prowess, causing Weston numerous problems.

By the end, there wasn’t much between the teams but, in terms of clear-cut chances, Reds will count themselves unfortunate not to progress to the last sixteen at the first time of asking.

Both teams were unknown quantities to their opponents before this first-ever meeting, so the decider might not be as open and free-flowing as the original tie once each other’s strengths have been nullified.

But for all their dominant possession, the hosts didn’t get behind Reds very often in the first half and their goal came from a well-worked corner routine. It was their first set piece and as delighted as Marc McGregor would be after its execution, Andrews was equally disappointed that Reds didn’t defend the situation better.

Danny Greenslade passed the ball towards the eighteen-yard line, Tristan Plummer’s clever dummy wrong-footed a couple of defenders and Jarrad Welch drove home with the aid of a slight deflection for the sixteenth-minute opener.

Jake Lee had sent an earlier shot over the bar after Gethyn Hill had created the opportunity and then the latter’s attempt drifted wide following a good flowing move.

It wasn’t one-way traffic by any means and Scott Allison, Anthony Wright and Nathan Waterston combined well before the move ended when Allison’s shot drifted narrowly wide.

Dav Symington saw one dipping shot bounce off ‘keeper Luke Purnell’s chest and he then sent a free-kick into the crowd.

The half ended when Purnell kept out a crisp Conor Tinnion shot at the expense of a corner.

The visitors started to attack with more fluency and purpose after the interval and Phil McLuckie, Waterston, Tinnion and Symington all went very close to equalising.

Weston then had a spell of activity at the other end and Plummer twice went close to putting the tie to bed. His first shot whistled narrowly wide, his second smartly saved by Aaran Taylor.

But Reds deservedly levelled after sixty-six minutes with a fine goal. Gari Rowntree’s diagonal pass to Waterston was made even better by the latter’s first touch which took him away from Greenslade. A low accurate cross was met by Allison who converted on the run in one swift movement.

Either side could have won it after that but Taylor made sure Weston didn’t, saving well to thwart Ashley Harper and Symington was ever so close with the final chance but his cross-shot evaded the far post by inches.

A good cup-tie overall, but Saturday is history and both teams will feel equally confident about completing the job at in the replay, via extra time and penalties if necessary.

Weston-super-Mare Purnell, Harper, Greenslade, Cane, Smith, Pope, Plummer, Diallo, Hill, Welch, Lee (Reid, 81). Substitutes – Laird, Kington, Hunter, Morris-Edwards (not used).

Workington Taylor, Douglas, Rowntree, Wordsworth, Calvert, Wright (Earl, 90), Symington, McLuckie, Allison, Waterston (Holt, 85), Tinnion. Substitutes – Joel, Wilson, Mellen (not used).

Referee Adam Bromley, Plymouth

Bookings: Tinnion (Workington), Cane (Weston)

Attendance 361

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Scott Allison

Player of the Match

Scott Allison

Key moments

Goal Jarrad Welch scores for Weston Super Mare
Goal Scott Allison scores for Workington


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90:00 +4:00 Player of the Match
Scott Allison is awarded player of the match for Workington
90:00 +3:00 Sub On
James Earl is substituted on for Workington
90:00 +3:00 Sub Off
Anthony Wright is substituted off for Workington
88:00 Yellow Card
Jacob Cane is yellow carded for Weston Super Mare
85:00 Sub Off
Nathan Waterston is substituted off for Workington
85:00 Sub On
Jordan Holt is substituted on for Workington
81:00 Sub On
Jake Reid is substituted on for Weston Super Mare
81:00 Sub Off
Jake Lee is substituted off for Weston Super Mare
66:00 Goal 1 - 1
Scott Allison scores for Workington
66:00 Assist
Nathan Waterston makes an assist for Workington
62:00 Yellow Card
Conor Tinnion is yellow carded for Workington
End of period 1
16:00 Assist
Danny Greenslade makes an assist for Weston Super Mare
16:00 Goal 1 - 0
Jarrad Welch scores for Weston Super Mare
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Weston Super Mare
  • Workington
  • 0
  • Jarrad Welch Goal 16:00'
  • Danny Greenslade Assist 16:00'
  • Conor Tinnion Yellow Card 62:00'
  • Scott Allison Goal 66:00'
  • Nathan Waterston Assist 66:00'
  • Jake Reid Sub On 81:00'
  • Jake Lee Sub Off 81:00'
  • Jordan Holt Sub On 85:00'
  • Nathan Waterston Sub Off 85:00'
  • Jacob Cane Yellow Card 88:00'
  • James Earl Sub On 90:00 +3:00'
  • Anthony Wright Sub Off 90:00 +3:00'

Team selection

Weston Super Mare
  • 1. Luke Purnell
  • 2. Ashley Harper
  • 3. Danny Greenslade
  • 4. Jacob Cane
  • 5. Harvey Smith
  • 6. Jason Pope
  • 7. Tristan Plummer
  • 8. Naby Diallo
  • 9. Gethyn Hill
  • 10. Jarrad Welch
  • 11. Jake Lee
  • 12. Jamie Laird
  • 14. Ash Kingston
  • 15. Shaquille Hunter
  • 16. Jake Reid
  • 17. George Morris-Edwards


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